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    Christian Artists Reach Major Landmark Success!

    PI ladies, I know many of you are fans of the contemporary Christian band Casting Crowns, so you’ll be excited to learn this news!

    Casting Crowns recently reached a major milestone in their music career and in the Christian music industry as a whole. They are in line to win their first career RIAA certified double-Platinum album for their 2005 debut album “Casting Crowns.” I recently wrote a post on 5 Amazing Songs That Help Me Clear Up Moments of Doubt, which featured the song “Who Am I” from this album.

    Only seven other Christian CDs have reached the multi-Platinum ranking in the past, including “Satellite” by P.O.D, “The Beautiful Letdown” by Switchfoot and “Almost There” by MercyMe.

    I’m so excited about the direction in which Christian music is going. Not only is it making an impact in the Christian music industry, but it’s also making visible and successful advances in the secular music world, which means that the word of God is spreading.

    For example, Lecrae’s newest album “Gravity,” released on September 4, not only debuted at No. 3 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart, but it’s currently sitting at No. 2 on Billboard’s Top 100 Hip-Hop Albums. And three songs from the album have found a consistent spot on the iTunes Top 10 Hip-Hop chart, including No.1 and 2. And Lecrae was featured in Time, a mainstream magazine. How awesome is that?

    Dear Hip-Hop, this didn’t happen because of swag, drug references, or stripper anthems. #Godisgood” (Lecrae, Instagram).

    Lecrae said it all in that Instagram post above. A musician doesn’t have to resort to singing about sex, drugs and violence in order to be successful in the rap industry. Lecrae sings about his love for Christ and God’s word, and guess what? It’s popular!

    Another Christian musician we all love is tobyMac, and he too has made record-breaking strides in both the Christian and secular music industries. His album “Eye On It” reached No.1 on Billboard charts. This is the first Christian album in 15 years to achieve this status.

    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, but faith plays a big role in my life—big enough to sing about it (tobyMac).

    Casting Crowns, Lecrae and tobyMac are amazing musicians, and they all have inspiring and strengthening messages to spread. As Christians, we already have been blessed to hear them. Because of these achievements, millions who don’t listen to Christian music now get an opportunity to experience its awesomeness.

    I believe God is working through these musicians and that their messages will be heard by more and more people, eventually leading them to Christ.

    I’d like to send out a prayer to all these artists and others who are glorifying God with their music. Lord, continue to use these artists as instruments for spreading your word, not only within those who already are devoted to you, but also to those who don’t know you yet.

    Ladies, who is your favorite Christian musician?

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        • I believe it is Christian. They are Christian. Their music expresses a deep love for God. Judging a genre and saying it isn’t christian just because of the instruments used and the way the voices sound is kind of judgemental.

        • Actually, Skillet is a great group of Christians. The lead singer has a great testimony, and they headlined winter jam. It’s hard to explain a lot of it, but they are. You should look them up!!

        • I used to agree with you because they DON’T really mention Jesus…they suggest Him but if you aren’t looking at them as a Chrisitan band you would miss it. But a few weeks ago I came across an article that explains their reason for doing it that way. They are officially a secular artist so that more people can hear the message. I have friends who listended to Skillet before they were saved and attribute Skillet to their coming to God. Still not really a fan of Skillet but it turns out their heart is in the right place — witnessing to people 🙂

      • I think they’re music is Christian. Just because it isn’t what you normally listen to, that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t qualify as Christian. Yes, not everyone will like the same music, but Skillet often expresses a deep love for God. They minister to thousands – maybe millions! – of teenagers/adults.
        Sure, there are a lot of metal/hard rock bands out there that don’t glorify God but Skillet is one of those bands that just totally brings light to so many people’s souls.

    1. It kind of seems like you only know like four Christian artists. :\ There are gazzillions more: Anthem Lights (boy band), Phil Wickham, Skillet, Relient K, Tenth Avenue North, This Beautiful Republic, Fee….and sooo many more!! 😀

    2. Judging a genre simply because it doesn’t sound like what you normally listen to doesn’t mean that it’s not christian. Skillet expresses a deep love for God. That said, sigh, I love so many artists. DJ Triune (he’s from S. Cali!), J6, Lecrae, TobyMac, Barlowgirl, Skillet, Flyleaf, Sleeping Giant, Transform DJs, POD, Mathai, Britt Nicole, Sanctus Real, etc, etc. The list just goes on and on.
      I believe that God can speak to us and encourage us through all genres of music, as long as they are Christian! He made us have brilliant minds to be able to create all kinds of music to suit different tastes.

    3. TobyMac is, BY FAR, my favorite Christian artist. But Lecrae is making his way up the favorites list, too. Casting Crowns has some good songs, too. I love TobyMac’s song with Lecrae, “Forgiveness”. It’s so encouraging!

    4. Casting Crowns is my absolute favorite band! I love all of their CD’s and the inspiring songs featured on them. One song on their newest album release “Come to the Well” really spoke to me. It’s the song, “Just Another Birthday” by singer Megan Garrett. It makes me cry every time I listen to it because of the message that talks about the absence of fathers in a child’s life. The song has such a strong and endearing message that connects to me greatly, and also reminds me that, no matter what, I have the greatest heavenly father in the world. God 🙂

    5. An awesome band you all should check out is Skyhawk Drive! They are a band from my home town (I know 2 of the guys) and their music is really starting to take off. If you have a moment check out their song Whisper, it’s a song about wanting to know God’s will. I know I can find it relatable so hopefully you can too! Their new stuff is the best. They are currently on their first U.S. tour so check out if they will be in a city near you soon. 🙂

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