I recently discovered a discussion on Amazon titled “Why Does Christian Music Suck?” Many people commented “it all sounds the same.”
Is it true? Do we tolerate mediocre Christian music only because it reflects our beliefs in Christ?
Contemporary Christian music has come far since the days of Amy Grant. Starting as a Gospel star, Amy gained notoriety when she crossed from Christian to pop. Many Christians considered her a sell-out, even though she opened the door to what Christian music has become.
Today, most Christian artists no longer cross over to more popular, fame-driven genres. Instead, they aspire to top the Christian charts and rate success based on their own album sales against their secular counterparts.
So why are so many oblivious to the quality of contemporary Christian music?
Is it the message? Perhaps they label Christian music as out of touch.
Contemporary Christian music at a local church was the primary key to lead me to Christ. Prior to that, I could not relate to the music and style of the old hymns. It provided an opening to discover the love and life of Christ.
Third Day is a giant in the industry and one of my favorite bands. They create appealing music, melodies and lyrics coupled with modern production, every element necessary to capture the ear of any song lover.
So where’s the disconnect?
Is there a unique sound which defines all contemporary artists?
As a Christian songwriter, it’s difficult to keep the music centered on one theme while attempting not to become too rock, jazz, or country. Perhaps it is the single theme of our Lord and Savior that creates the perception of similarity. The only exception in my mind is the country music genre which seems to freely allow its artists to cross the line of Christianity and back. It isn’t a coincidence that the majority of the Christian recording industry is centered in Nashville.
I don’t think Christian music sucks. For the most part, it’s very good.
But like Christian music, Christians are a blend of people, genres and subjectivity. We don’t just tolerate the music, we live it.