Music & Culture
2015 Christian Music Highlights: A Year in Review
Written by Christi Given | December 11, 2015
1. Jordan Smith’s rendition of “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” on The Voice. This famous hymn that Smith sang live on NBC’s The Voice has been on the top of the Christian charts since the end of November, when it took the top spot above even Hillsong United’s “Oceans.” Ahem…maybe you should watch the link below. Do you like Jordan’s version? Comment below!
Watch the performance here.
2. Hip-hop artist Lecrae accepts his second Grammy award. Lecrae has been nominated for a couple Grammy Awards for Rehab (Best Gospel Album); he won for Gravity in 2013 (Best Gospel Album); and in February of this year, he won for “Messengers” with For King & Country (Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song). Go Lecrae! He keeps it up with the powerful messages in his music, and let’s pray he stays on fire and unashamed of the Gospel, amen?!
3. Hillsong United plays on the TODAY show in April 2015. Hillsong United leads worship on television on the TODAY show singing “Touch the Sky” from the album Empires.
Watch Hillsong on Kathy Lee Gifford and Hoda’s segment of the TODAY show right here:
4. Secular artist with Christian values Tori Kelly nominated for a Grammy. It has been announced that Tori Kelly has been officially nominated for a 2016 Grammy for Artist of the Year. Tune in to the Grammys to see who wins!
5. Christian artist Britt Nicole and husband Josh welcome a baby boy.
The Gospel Music Association website reported the official news of Adin Jerusalem Crosby’s birth. This is the first boy the couple are having; they already welcomed a beautiful baby girl, Ella Brave, into the world.
6. Erica Campbell and Sadie Robertson host the GMA Doves. Campbell is well known in the gospel music industry with her sister Tina Campbell in the duo Mary Mary, and Robertson is known from the Duck Dynasty reality television show. The two hosted the Annual 46th Gospel Music Association Dove Awards in Tennessee.
7. Colton Dixon gets engaged: Dixon got engaged to his now-fiancée, Annie Coggeshall, at Disneyland. Coggeshall said yes, and Dixon recently released a remixed album of his hit favorites called The Calm Before the Storm.
8. Christian worship singer Lauren Daigle gets three nominations for the Doves and wins for New Artist of the Year.
From Tennessean.com: “Soul-pop artist Lauren Daigle made her first trip to the Doves a memorable one. The Louisiana singer was named New Artist of the Year, and her ‘How Can It Be’ earned two awards (including Song of the Year) for writers Jason Ingram, Jeff Johnson and Paul Mabury.”
9. Trinity Broadcasting Network launches the new JUCE TV set.
From TBN’s site: “…exciting behind-the-scenes view of the new look of JUCE TV HERE—and tune in to the Trinity Broadcasting Network February 17th through the 19th  at 7 p.m. Pacific Time, for the official roll-out of JUCE TV’s new look and cutting-edge studios. Special guests…include Pastor Jentezen Franklin, Clayton King, Jason Lomelino of Jesus Burgers, David Diga Hernandez, Matthew Barnett of the Los Angeles Dream Center, and Jeremy Johnson of Fearless L.A., along with musical guests Lincoln Brewster, Derek Johnson of Jesus Culture, and the band Worth Dying For….”
10. Andy Mineo sophomore album Uncomfortable hits #1 on Billboard chart.
The Reach Records rapper who has collaborated with Lecrae released his second album, Uncomfortable (September 18, 2015), with thought-provoking lyrics such as:
“We got legal weed that’ll keep us high
‘Round the world other people die
Where on earth is my wi-fi?
Our stomachs full and our pockets fat
I need love, there’s a site for that
I had more when I had less…I think I got too comfortable…”
And, although the following item is not music news, it was important for Christian media and a breakthrough in Christian films:
War Room beats Straight Outta Compton at the box office. The Sony Pictures faith-based film about prayer, War Room, starring women’s speaker and teacher Priscilla Shirer (and a cameo appearance by Christian author and speaker Beth Moore), beat out the film that was #1 in America. God really is doing Holy-Wood, moving in the entertainment industry. We learn about the importance of prayer, the power of having a prayer room and that prayer really does move mountains in our lives.
To see a list of 2015 music releases, click here.
PI Girls, what was YOUR highlight of Christian music this year? Comment below!