Christian Music’s Moment: How TobyMac and Lecrae Conquered the Countdown

For the first time in 15 years, a Christian album is No. 1. TIME examines how Christian music hit the mainstream and why it's here to stay

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TobyMac, pictured, and Lecrae lead a new wave of Christian music mainstream success.

There’s a whole lot of Jesus running through Americans’ earbuds, at least according to the latest Billboard and iTunes numbers. In back-to-back weeks Christian artists TobyMac and Lecrae released new albums that made even mainstream artists listen up as they both stormed up the charts.

Earlier this month TobyMac jumped to the top of the Billboard Top 200 chart with Eye On It, the first Christian album to reach the No. 1 spot since Bob Carlisle’s Adult Contemporary hit Butterfly Kisses 15 years ago. But TobyMac isn’t exactly AC. His blend of rock/pop/hip-hop—“schizophrenic pop” he jokes to TIME—is a new sound to reach such levels of success: an overtly Christian artist who sings, talks and raps about Jesus.

And if you want to hear something else as different from Christian AC as you can get, then take Lecrae, a hip-hop artist debuting at No. 3 on this week’s Billboard Top 200 chart with Gravity. He has already claimed the top overall spot on iTunes, including concurrently owning the first, second and seventh slots on iTunes’ hip-hop chart for the deluxe and regular versions of Gravity and his album Church Clothes. Just like TobyMac, whom he collaborated with on Eye On It, there’s no sidestepping what drives him: Lecrae tells TIME he wants his album to “change the way people see the world and let my faith bleed out in my music.”

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In an industry not exactly known for its embracing of a Christian worldview, Lecrae has made his Christian perspective paramount, calling out those making masochistic, violent, self-centered music (“I’m passionate about my faith and want to create great music that provides an alternative perspective,” he tells TIME).

The fresh faces emerging these days prove that “Christian music” doesn’t have to mean an old-school sound. “That wall is coming down between Christian music and Christians making music,” TobyMac says. And this, he says, “is a beautiful thing.”

Lecrae explains how he bridges this former divide. He says first and foremost he’s a hip-hop artist. But faith defines who he is as a person, so his music naturally tackles a variety of issues from that worldview. “You have to look at Christian as a noun in terms of a person,” he says. “I’m a Christian; hip-hop is a culture. You have a Christian within a culture doing hip-hop music.”

He says that artists within his culture understand that viewpoint and appreciate his authenticity. “I’m not some rapper trying to cash in, trying to call myself a Christian,” Lecrae says. “I’m not some church boy trying to do rap music.”

Al Branch, general manager of Blueprint Management Group and Geffen Records (affiliated with Interscope), who has worked with Kanye West, agree. He credits the rise of Lecrae and TobyMac to their artistic genuineness and dependability. “They have created their own niche and nurtured that,” he says. “You have to be consistent. That is the key.”

And beyond that, Branch credits the artists with getting their names out to build the curiosity that leads to album listens among traditionally secular audiences, even with extremely limited airplay. Lecrae, for example, performed at SXSW 2012 and the 2011 BET Awards, which Branch calls a “pivotal point in his career.”

“[Lecrae] has been at places that most Christian rappers don’t go,” says Branch. “He’s not afraid to get out there and let his light shine. I’m not saying he should be at a strip club, but just be yourself.”

Christian musicians have always sought crossover success, explains Rod Riley, President and CEO of Word Entertainment, Warner Music’s Christian label, as a way to spread the message, and what we’re seeing could be just the tip of the iceberg. TobyMac may be the first Christian artist besides Carlisle and LeAnn Rimes to take the top spot on the charts, but in recent years, as the artists, writers and producers have all grown in talent, according to Riley, the popularity of Christian music has grown. In 2011, Christian artists Casting Crowns and Red both debuted and peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, and earlier this year David Crowder Band, a rock-worship group, moved into the No. 2 slot. And increased success on the Billboard charts falls in line with increased touring and fes draws. Winter Jam, a Christian tour, has been rated as the top-grossing tour in recent years.

“If you look at the progression of the scene, I put the artistry talent right up there with what is happening elsewhere,” Riley says. “The message is about hope and love, which is universal.”

Lecrae says he’s glad to see a growing audience. “I’m sure there are people who respect me, but not enjoy me,” he says. “They respect my perspective and quality of the music, but don’t enjoy the challenge to be responsible. Some people don’t want to hear that. But I think a more mature listenership is being developed.”

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That same listenership also has more chances to hear Christians in music. Riley says that over time, based on consolidation, all the major Christian labels are now owned by mainstream parents, bringing new marketing opportunities to bands that may not have received mainstream airplay or landed in television shows and movies. (TobyMac and rock band Skillet have been featured in NFL telecasts, and TobyMac can be heard on The Simpsons and Transporter 2.) The accessibility of music on iTunes has also helped.

“We don’t differentiate fans sitting in a [church] youth group or sitting in a club,” Riley says. “As long as it reflects the artist, the authenticity resonates with people.”

Still, getting some non-Christian listeners to look past the Christian content and revel in the music proves difficult. “Sometimes that label, Christian music, will cause your art to fall on deaf ears,” TobyMac says. Instead of classifying TobyMac’s music as Christian, he’d rather you look at him for his music and understand he’s writing lyrics from a Christian perspective.

John Cooper, lead singer of Skillet, a Christian rock band on a mainstream label whose album, Awake, hit No. 2 on Billboard’s Top 200 in 2009 and just went platinum, says despite his band’s crossover appeal, some rock stations still won’t play their music because of their Christian affiliation.

That doesn’t bother Skillet, though. Cooper, who purposefully doesn’t use the word “Jesus” in his songs, instead says that by giving people a song with a “great message” and letting them interpret meanings themselves, Skillet will naturally find a larger audience. “If you write something that is very narrow in scope, then it is only going to be people that absolutely agree with what you’re saying that can be touched by your music,” Cooper says. “I like to write in a way that means different things to different people. Sometimes a poetic version of the truth can be a little more powerful.”

In the song Hero, for example (video below), Cooper says he views Jesus as the “ultimate hero,” but understands others will have a different view.

Skillet’s view falls in line with other rock groups—Switchfoot, Flyleaf, P.O.D.—that want to steer clear of the Christian label for fear of being branded. These bands may consist of members who are Christian, sing from that worldview and maybe even were at one time on a Christian label, but don’t have their music proclaim Jesus blatantly.

TobyMac and Lecrae take a different tact, keeping Jesus in the forefront of many of their songs. Yet, they still garner secular attention and success that now rivals Christian rock bands as the hip-hop genre continues to grow. “Art is about expressing what is in your heart, what you love and what you struggle with. The things I’m going through can’t be that different from anyone else,” TobyMac says. “But faith plays a big role in my life, big enough to sing about it. It is not on every song, but every song is from that perspective. There are definitely people out there that don’t want any part of it, but they haven’t even listened to the music.”

But they’re listening now. With so much Christian music on the charts, it’s no longer a style, but simply a lyrical perspective. You can even rap about that.

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43 comments
RickDack
RickDack

If I may mis-quote John Lennon concerning Elvis > "Before STRYPER there was nothing"

NCMusicfan
NCMusicfan

This is great for Toby Mac.  He deserves it and has worked hard throughout his career. Stryper was really the first to achieve mainstream crossover success with a #1 video on MTV.  Actually, they had 2 videos in the top 10 on MTV at the same time.  A lot of the Christian artists of today have them to thank for opening a lot of doors and breaking down a lot of misconceptions about Christian rock.

NCMusicfan
NCMusicfan

This is a great moment for Toby Mac.  The very first however to achieve big crossover success was Stryper, who had a #1 video on MTV.  They actually had two videos in the top 10 at the same time.  They really opened for the doors and paved the way for the vast majority of the Christian crossover artists.

Skillet Fan Dan
Skillet Fan Dan

Excellent article on the rise of GREAT Christian based music... Obviously, I'm biased as to who I like, lol, but to say they're in it for the money is ridonkulous... As musicians, name ONE artist that doesn't want to be heard??? Skillet's songs has a poignant message, while not alienating "either" side...

Dante M. Price
Dante M. Price

As I am sure Lecrae and all the 116 team with him would agree, Christians we have one reason to live here....to preach Jesus Christ and Him crucified for the sins of the world that lost men (the ones who attend conferences or concerts) may be saved. We have one purpose for our life.....to Glorify God in everything and make His name known to the world. We have one mission, the Great Commission. We have one message, Repent for the Kingdom of heaven is at hand. We have one aim, to Glorify the Son for His suffering.

Why, as if the masses had greater value than God, would you hide His name from your lips? I read that the reasoning was so that people would be able to receive your message, but are you truly preaching the message that must be preached to  a dying world? They don't need music! They don't need a so called "Christian perspective" dear ones. They need Christ!!! What's the point if they go to hell after hearing a good message. No, even if they hate what they hear let them hear it....the only hope for the world. Don't leave it open for interpretation as if that would attract them, it won't attract them to Christ. Don't give them a rehearsed "message" tacked on to a performance that brought more glory to the artist than to God. I greatly, tremendously appreciate the work of Lecrae and 116 as they point to Christ with all they do and pursue and I pray that their example be an admonition to others who are afraid to mention His name.

      If you are reading this and are not a Christian please don't go through the rest of your life without thinking about your end. You will die one day (maybe even today). It is appointed for man (all of us) to die once and after that comes judgment (Hebrews 9:27) What's going to happen to you when you die? What will happen to you when you stand before God in judgment? What do you think you have to do to make it into heaven? Are you good enough? Are you a good person? Have you ever lied (even one time)? Have you ever stolen (no matter the value or size)? Have you ever looked with lust (sexual desire/thoughts)...that's adultery of the heart (Matthew 5:27-28)? Have you ever hated anyone? That's murder of the heart (I John 3:15). Have you ever used God's name in vain (with a cuss word)? That's Blasphemy. Take your worst enemy. The one who hates you and would push you in front of a bus if they could. Would you use their name, in the way you use God's name? How about a pet (dog, cat, rodent) would you use their name in the way you use God's name? God gave gave you life, you eat His food, drink His water, live in His world, he wakes you up every morning and gives you sleep at night and you have used His name in such a low way. This is a very serious offense to God. If God were to judge you today, how would you do in court after the little exam you just took? I only discussed a few of the Ten commandments (see Exodus 20)Innocent or guilty? Romans 3: 23 states all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Everyone is guilty. Where should you go then? Heaven or Hell? Romans 6:23 states the wages of sin is death. Hell is what we deserve for our sins. Romans 6:23 also states the gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord. Jesus (God incarnate) came into the world to die for all (every word, thought, and deed) our sins when He died on the cross. He took all the wrath of God we deserve. The Bible says For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved (John 3:16-17) Jesus Christ rose again from the dead, defeating death (for it was impossible for death to hold Him) declaring to the world that His sacrifice was enough and powerful to save the guilty that we may have eternal life in Him. God now calls all men everywhere to repent (turn from your sins, confessing and forsaking them) and trust (put all your hope in) Jesus Christ alone for salvation from the wrath to come. He will save you from wrath. He loved you that He gave His life for you. If you run to Him (no matter what you have done) He will not turn you away. He will give you a new heart with new desires. You will have everlasting life and complete forgiveness for your sins. You will hate sin and Love Jesus. If you have a Bible read the Gospel of John, if you don't have one and are interested.....get one!!! it's on the web for free, at most if not every hotel and in most if not all books stores.I pray for everyone who reads this. 

Mark Weaver
Mark Weaver

Hey!  I'm almost 55 and I've been a worship leader and song-writer for decades.  I absolutely LOVE Toby Mac and Lecrae...as well as Skillet and a whole bunch of others.  I grew up in the metaphysical religion thing and was expected to be a "practitioner" when I got older.  Instead, though not looking for Him, I ran into Jesus in the 70s and have been wild about Him since.  I didn't know there was Christian Rock - just country (ugh) gospel, but one day at Spring Break in Daytona, I heard a rock band playing.  Went down to the bandshell and found out they were CHRISTIANS!  The striking thing though was an elderly couple talking with a probably stoned hippie.  He had his arm around the guy, she had his hands and was looking straight into his eyes, telling him about God's LOVE - despite the music pounding that predated them by two generations.  So unlike most of the generation before me - who looked down on the Jesus movement for our hair, our casual style, and our music - they had stayed relevant.  You could find Jesus in their eyes!  And though I never knew their names, they became my model.  God uses all kinds; it's a real drag when we judge people who are different from us because of outward stuff that doesn't really phase God.  So I say, go for it Toby Mac and Lecrae.  Don't stuff lamps under a basket - set them on whatever lampstand God gives you and let your light shine.  There will be people who snipe at it - so what.  There will also be old farts like me cheering you on and praying for you to run your race.  Rock on!

aneuf
aneuf

In Mark 2:10 Jesus refers to himself as the "Son of Man" for the first time.

Then, in reading from a commentary on the book of Mark: "'Son of Man' thus offers the advantage of a title unencumbered by unwelcome associations, allowing Jesus the possibility of speaking of himself in public, indeed often in the face of opposition and hostility, in such a way that his hearers might discover his identity, if they would discover it at all."

I doubt Jesus was afraid of what people thought of him, yet he worded things differently in able to reach people that would have otherwise shut him out. I can't speak for Skillet and their reasons for not mentioning the name of Jesus, but different people need different ways to be reached. Perhaps they are sincere in why they choose to speak their message without clearly saying his name. I don't start spewing out a bunch of verses and throwing around the name of Jesus in an attempt to reach people that I would like to see saved. That would turn many of them away, as sad as that may seem. It takes a lot of actions that support my faith to build a repor with them that then allows me to take it to the next level.

aneuf
aneuf

In Mark 2:10 Jesus refers to himself as the "Son of Man" for the first time.

Then, in reading from a commentary on the book of Mark: "'Son of Man' thus offers the advantage of a title unencumbered by unwelcome associations, allowing Jesus the possibility of speaking of himself in public, indeed often in the face of opposition and hostility, in such a way that his hearers might discover his identity, if they would idscover it at all."

I doubt Jesus was afraid of what people thought of him, yet he worded things differently in able to reach people that would have otherwise shut him out. I can't speak for Skillet and their reasons for not mentioning the name of Jesus, but different people need different ways to be reached. Perhaps they are sincere in why they choose to speak their message without clearly saying his name. I don't start spewing out a bunch of verses and throwing around the name of Jesus in an attempt to reach people that I would like to see saved. That would turn many of them away, as sad as that may seem. It takes a lot of actions that support my faith to build a repor with them that then allows me to take it to the next level.

aneuf
aneuf

In Mark 2:10 Jesus refers to himself as the "Son of Man" for the first time.

Then, in reading from a commentary on the book of Mark:  "'Son of Man' thus offers the advantage of a title unencumbered by unwelcome associations, allowing Jesus the possibility of speaking of himself in public, indeed often in the face of opposition and hostility, in such a way that his hearers might discover his identity, if they would idscover it at all." 

I doubt Jesus was afraid of what people thought of him, yet he worded things differently in able to reach people that would have otherwise shut him out.  I can't speak for Skillet and their reasons for not mentioning the name of Jesus, but different people need different ways to be reached. Perhaps they are sincere in why they choose to speak their message without clearly saying his name.  I don't start spewing out a bunch of verses and throwing around the name of Jesus in an attempt to reach people that I would like to see saved.  That would turn many of them away, as sad as that may seem. It takes a lot of actions that support my faith to build a repor with them that then allows me to take it to the next level.

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Both of these singers sing a positive message that is accepted and

still stay true to their callings of being a Christian singer but they

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Christian music.

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TobyMac, Lecrae, Family Force 5 etc...these bands are fun to listen to, have great messages, and are...

Kim Is Jubilee Mag
Kim Is Jubilee Mag

Thanks for this story. Very well written! Lecrae and Toby Mac are amazing artists. I've met them both and they're genuinely good people. Love it.

barrrythek
barrrythek

I became a christian at the age of 17. I was a fan of metal in the  height of the metal movement in the 80's. When I became a chrstian, it was bittersweet because I either felt guilty for listeing to the music that I had been listenting to (and I should), or disappointed, because christian pop, or rock music then was LAME-O. It mostly consisted of bands that were like "if you like this banc, then you'll like this one". They came off as cheap rip offs of other bands and done badly. The only exception as Stryper, which was got me interested in Jesus in the first place. Now today, kids, and adults too, have such a selection of really good christian music that it is almost criminal for a Christian to listen to secular music, especially if you are not weeding out music with anti Chiristian lyrics and or lifestyles. Praise God for giving us an alternative- Relient K, Thousand Foot Krutch, Owl City, Toby Mac (who keeps gettng better with time)- I could go on all day.

Shauna Perez
Shauna Perez

I re-label the song genre in iTunes because though they are Christian, the styles of music are not all alike anymore, as TobyMac has proven. Love his new album. An I am a 40yo mwf who would not touch rap or hip hop with a 100 ft pole three years ago.

CoryAnderson2012
CoryAnderson2012

I love all these bands mentioned here but I also really like the country styles that are being presented like Guy Penrod and Jason Crabb. 

Both of these singers sing a positive message that is accepted and still stay true to their callings of being a Christian singer but they do songs that are positive and life-changing as well as straight ahead Christian music.

I love em both and you should check 'em out. www.facebook.com/GuyPenrod

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Fabiola L. Ribeiro
Fabiola L. Ribeiro

Contemporary christian music is great, I listen to klove (christian radio station/online as well) everyday on my way to work and home. All songs are great because they all carry a very positive message, filled with God's love, it's just simply great :) 

Brandon Rusk
Brandon Rusk

Family Force 5 is another band with Christian guys, but a lot of their songs don't consist of straight up Christian music. Their Rock/Rap/Crunk/Punk style is insanely different, and ALL of their albums have a different sound. You guys should definitely check them out. Love Addict, Earthquake, Kountry Gentlemen, Dance or Die, Zombie, and Cray Button are just a few of their big hits. They are incredibly talented, and have toured with TobyMac before. Be sure to check them out too!

TobyMac, Lecrae, Family Force 5 etc...these bands are fun to listen to, have great messages, and are definitely hitting both the mainstream and Christian market. Love what these guys do!

Paul Farnham
Paul Farnham

I think much of the success of Christian bands now is due to the increased number and organization of Christian Rock stations.  Super stations like Air1 have many affiliates across the country getting music out to people who would otherwise not know it existed.  Without these stations, Christian kids would just listen to and buy secular music.  The buying power was always out there, but now they know what to buy. 

f_galton
f_galton

What sort of look is that?  

Brenna
Brenna

Owl City may not have been as successful in terms of the chart- but that's another great example of a band who is totally open about their Christian faith, yet still doing well in a mainstream market.

Jo Berry Hogan
Jo Berry Hogan

I've seen Skillet in concert , and i love this band , they shake the mantel of this planet live so don't get me wrong . From the moment John cooper hits the stage he is so wrapped up in himself that god nor  jesus christ is felt  nor mentioned any  where in the lyrics or performance until 3/4 of the way through the show when he goes into his word for word spill ,show after show, year after year ,about a war going on , not over seas but the war for your soul . He professes that they are a christian band yet leaves  God and Jesus out of his lyrics ,he wants the words to mean something different to each person . well ok so i guess if a person worships anything / one  other than our heavenly beings then Skillet should be called a religious band , which would cover all from christian , Catholicism amp; Muslim to satanism . Before i knew they were a christian band i took most of their ballads as love songs from a guy to a girl . At any Skillet concert the main attraction and highlight of the whole show is their Violinist amp; Cello players , yet the men that plays these instruments are not recognized by Skillet as a part of Skillet , not pictured on album covers or posters while when these two players hit the stage for solos they get far more screams of praise from the crowd than John or either of the others . My most favorite christian band amp; men i love and respect the most would be KUTLESS , John Micha is all about GOD amp; JESUS , and lets you know many times in his lyrics , KUTLESS is the albums i have spent my money on all 12 of them , i own 1 Skillet.......I am a Christian...and proud to announce it !!

Jo Hogan

Dawn Chaplin Torregrossa
Dawn Chaplin Torregrossa

 "If you are reading this and are not a Christian please don't go through the rest of your life without thinking about your end."

My guess is a lot of people who aren't Christians stopped reading right there. That is why there is a need for bands like Skillet. I've watched people walk out of someones musical set the second they sung the name Jesus. It's hard to get people to hear the word of God if they walk out or turn it off.

Bands like Skillet spark curiosity. They allow the listener to wonder what the song is about and then search for meaning in it. This lets the listener to hear the whole message. When they search for meaning and find out the band they are listening to is Christian, then they put the 2 together.

It takes all kinds of people (and music) to reach the lost (1 Corinthians 9:19-22). To claim that music has to say the name of Jesus or it's some how diluted clearly diminishes the power of God. Luckily, God has gifted musicians who are blatant about their faith and some who are not. Both are equally important and have purpose.

Praise God for giving so many artists such unique and creative ways in expressing His love!

Rich Trygar
Rich Trygar

 I became a fan of Christian heavy metal in the early 80's.  Check out www. deadtoselfradio.com for some awesome 80's Christian metal.  They also have today's Christian Metal like Mainline Riders.  There are almost a 100 bands to choice from.  Remember Saint?  They're still out their rockin' for Jesus.  Remember the Jesus People USA, some are still out rockin' like Glenn Kaiser from the Resurrection band.  Please check them out!!

Paul Farnham
Paul Farnham

How this dynamic works is as follows.  Artist releases a new song.  Air1, Klove ect. plays it along with 25 other stations across the country, kids in those areas buy it until enough buys make it hit the Billboard 200 chart, secular stations start playing it, more people buy it, goes higher on the charts, next record comes out a year or 2 later and people are anticipating it and make it #1 first  week just like any secular stars such as BEP or Gaga record would do.

Nathan Kinney
Nathan Kinney

Kutless is a great band, although the new and softer Kutless I don't enjoy as much. I checked out your facebook page and saw the bands you like. The only Christian one on that list is Skillet, unless I missed something. For someone that declares to be such a big Kutless fan, it seems odd that they aren't on your list. Also, what 12 albums do you own from Kutless? I only know of 9 if you include their live cd as well as Christmas album. I own all 9 I know about.

Cody Risko
Cody Risko

Nice input but half of that is correct, it does not take 3/4 of the concert for that spiel that you make seem so dreadful and so meaningless.  Watching a concert online as we speak, Awake and Alive was the fourth song played, more like 1/4 of a normal 12 song set.  I have been to many Skillet concerts, and Christian concerts, and yes while Skillet may not use the words: "God" or "Jesus" in their newer songs, saying they are not a Christian band is quite a statement to be throwing out there.  As to your comments towards the Violinist and Celloist, have you ever talked to Jonathan or Tate?  I will leave that one there as to why they are not 'official members.'  I think you are very arrogant in your assumptions that you know what is Christian and what is not.  I find it also very arrogant that you can make assumptions that you call fact; let me make an assumption of my own.  You are probably a Christian who gives us a bad name...

Nathan Kinney
Nathan Kinney

I have to disagree with your take on Skillet. While most of their songs may not contain overtly Christian lyrics, the song meanings quite often are very Christian. Keep in mind, they are on a mainstream label and are trying to reach all kinds of people. In my opinion, having that broader audience gives Skillet a better opportunity to share and spread what they believe. I have seen them in concert many times and John Cooper does discuss God. Also, I have all of their music and for me God is prevalent and praised.

Bill Roper
Bill Roper

While I don't really consider myself Christian. I love the music and the positive message from these guys. Skillet is amazing and Kutless for sure is one of my favorites. I've been leaning more towards Thousand foot krutch these days and if you ever gave Seventh Day Slumber a try or even a chance they could easily be one of the world's biggest band.   I am a closet Christian rock fan and will play many different groups from this genre and my car passengers will all enjoy it without really knowing what genre they are listening too. 

Lecrazy
Lecrazy

You own one Skillet album as opposed to twelve Kutless albums? Thanks for your unbiased opinion.

Roger Biver
Roger Biver

Hey Paul,

Check out www.thebranchmusic.com. This station plays a ton of Christian Rock Alternative songs and gives people an alternative to Air1 and other radio stations.

Lecrazy
Lecrazy

Or Jamerican. Not sure which.

Chris Roy
Chris Roy

They feel like they can make more money if they don't mention Jesus or God, is what it sounds like to me. I've heard some of their music and they're good. I just applaud the bands that aren't afraid too or don't have a financial agenda determining their wording.

DavidNani
DavidNani

like Aaron said I'm dazzled that some people able to make $8397 in four weeks on the network. did you look at this(Click on menu Home)

Nathan Kinney
Nathan Kinney

So what if they happen to be making more money, if they are getting the message out to a broader audience. Fans of mainstream music aren't going to listen to Chris Tomlin, but they very well may listen to bands like Skillet. When they do, Skillet has the opportunity to share God with people that might normally completely reject Christian music or Christianity in general.