List of Christian Bands and Artists

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Ernie Haase + Signature Sound 2015
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There are multiple forms of worship, but as Christians, we tend to dwell solely on the spoken, prayer-like method. However, singing praises and rejoicing through song is another emotionally-driven way to connect with God. The word "sing" is even used in the KJV of the Bible over 115 times.

If you haven't noticed already on the radio or internet, looking through this list will remind you that there are lots and lots of Christian music bands, and depending on who you ask or where you look, they can be classified in several different styles.

What one radio station calls AC, another may call pop/contemporary, while yet another may use the term modern rock. The Dove's have several categories while the Grammy's say that Gospel is anything with Christian content.

Use this list to find new Christian bands to enjoy. It's formatted in a way where you can look for the type, or genre of music that you like, and then find the Christian singers who have music in that category.

Praise & Worship

Praise & Worship is also known as contemporary worship music (CWM). This type of music is often heard in churches that focus on a Holy Spirit-led, personal, experience-based relationship with God.

It often incorporates a guitarist or pianist leading the band into a worship or praise-like song. You might hear this type of music in Protestant, Pentecostal, Roman Catholic, and other Western churches.

  • 1a.m.
  • Aaron Keyes
  • All Sons & Daughters
  • Allan Scott
  • Alvin Slaughter
  • Bellarive
  • Charles Billingsley
  • Chris Clayton
  • Chris McClarney
  • Chris Tomlin
  • Christy Nockels
  • City Harmonic, The
  • Crowder
  • Dana Jorgensen
  • Deidra Hughes
  • Don Moen
  • Elevation Worship
  • Elisha's Request
  • Gareth Paul Taylor
  • Gungor
  • Gwen Smith
  • Hillsong
  • Jadon Lavik
  • Jason Bare
  • Jason Upton
  • Jeff Deyo
  • Jon Thurlow
  • Jordan Feliz
  • Kari Jobe
  • Katinas, The
  • Kristin Schweain
  • Lashanda McCadney
  • Laura Story
  • Lauren Daigle
  • Matt Gilman
  • Matt Maher
  • Matt McCoy
  • Matt Redman
  • Paul Baloche
  • Rend Collective
  • Robbie Seay Band
  • Russell & Kristi
  • Selah
  • SONICFLOOd
  • Soulfire Revolution
  • Steve and Sandi
  • Steven Ybarra
  • Stuart Townend
  • Tim Timmons
  • Travis Cottrell
  • United Pursuit

Gospel

Gospel music began as hymns in the early 17th century. It's characterized by dominant vocals and whole body involvement, like clapping and stomping. This type of music was much different than other church music at the time because it had much more energy.

Southern Gospel music is named after its Southern roots, and is sometimes constructed as quartet music with four men and a piano. The type of music played under the Southern gospel genre is different depending on the culture but as any Christian music, the lyrics portray Biblical teachings.

  • Beyond The Ashes
  • Bill Gaither
  • Booth Brothers
  • Brothers Forever
  • Buddy Greene
  • Charlotte Ritchie
  • Dixie Melody Boys
  • Donnie McClurkin
  • Dove Brothers
  • Eighth Day
  • Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
  • Faithful Crossings
  • Gaither Vocal Band
  • Greater Vision
  • Hope's Call
  • Jason Crabb
  • Karen Peck & New River
  • Kenna Turner West
  • Kingsmen Quartet
  • Kirk Franklin
  • Mandisa
  • Marvin Winans
  • Mary Mary
  • Mercy's Well
  • Mike Allen
  • Natalie Grant
  • Paid in Full
  • Pathfinders, The
  • Pfeifers, The
  • Praise Incorporated
  • Reba Praise
  • Rod Burton
  • Russ Taff
  • Sharron Kay King
  • Smokie Norful
  • Southern Plainsmen
  • Sunday Edition
  • Tamela Mann
  • The Akins
  • The Browns
  • The Crabb Family
  • The Freemans
  • The Gibbons Family
  • The Glovers
  • The Goulds
  • The Hoppers
  • The Hoskins Family
  • The Kingsmen Quartet
  • The Lesters
  • The Martins
  • The Nelons
  • The Perrys
  • The Promise
  • The Sneed Family
  • The Talley Trio
  • The Walkers
  • The Watkins Family
  • Wayne Haun

Country

Country music is a wildly popular genre, but there are other sub-genres that could exist beneath it, such as Christian music. Christian country music (CCM) is sometimes called country gospel or inspirational country, and is just what it sounds like: a mix of country and Christian. It's a blend of cowboy/mountain music and lyrics that pertain to Christian life or Biblical beliefs.

Drums, guitar, and banjo are a few components often seen with country music.

  • 33 Miles
  • Christian Davis
  • Del Way
  • Gayla Earline
  • Gordon Mote
  • Highway 101
  • Jade Sholty
  • JD Allen
  • Jeff & Sheri Easter
  • Josh Turner
  • Kellye Cash
  • Mark Wayne Glasmire
  • Oak Ridge Boys, The
  • Randy Travis
  • Red Roots
  • Russ Taff
  • Steve Richard
  • The Martins
  • The Sneed Family
  • The Statler Brothers
  • Ty Herndon
  • Victoria Griffith

Modern Rock

Modern Rock closely resembles Christian Rock. You'll notice that with some of the bands that perform this type of music, the lyrics may not speak directly about God or even Biblical ideas at all. Instead, it's sometimes supposed to be inferred, and so may speak in general or implicit terms.

These songs are typically popular because they can be heard on non-Christian radio stations and enjoyed by folks without Christian faith.

  • Anberlin
  • Bobby Bishop
  • Bread of Stone
  • Citizen Way
  • Colton Dixon
  • Daniel's Window
  • Dustin Kensrue
  • Echoing Angels
  • Eisley
  • Everyday Sunday
  • Falling Up
  • Family Force 5
  • Hearts of Saints
  • John Michael Talbot
  • John Schlitt
  • Kathleen Carnali
  • Kole
  • Krystal Meyers
  • Kutless
  • Larry Norman
  • Manic Drive
  • Me in Motion
  • NEEDTOBREATHE
  • Newworldson
  • Phil Joel
  • Randy Stonehill
  • Remedy Drive
  • Revive Band
  • Rocket Summer, The
  • Runaway City
  • Satellites and Sirens
  • Seven Places
  • Seventh Day Slumber
  • Shaun Groves
  • Silers Bald
  • Stars Go Dim
  • Superchic[k]
  • The Fallen
  • The Sonflowerz
  • The Violet Burning
  • Terry Boch
  • VOTA (formerly known as Casting Pearls)

Contemporary/Pop

Contemporary music is the "music of today." As music has evolved, the newer songs have been influenced by pop, soul, blues, and rock. The bands below have used modern-style music to praise God in a new, pop-style way.

Contemporary music is often performed with acoustic instruments like guitars and pianos.

  • 2 or More
  • 4HIM
  • Acapella
  • Amy Grant
  • Anthem Lights
  • Ashley Gatta
  • Barry Russo
  • Bebo Norman
  • Bethany Dillon
  • Betsy Walker
  • Blanca
  • Brandon Heath
  • Brian Doerksen
  • Britt Nicole
  • Bryan Duncan
  • Burlap to Cashmere
  • Carman
  • Casting Crowns
  • Charmaine
  • Chasen
  • Chelsie Boyd
  • Cheri Keaggy
  • Chris August
  • Chris Rice
  • Chris Sligh
  • Circleslide
  • Cloverton
  • Coffey Anderson
  • Danny Gokey
  • Dara Maclean
  • Dave Barnes
  • Everfound
  • Fernando Ortega
  • Fiction Family
  • for KING & COUNTRY
  • Graceful Closure
  • Group 1 Crew
  • Hollyn
  • Jason Castro
  • Jason Eaton Band
  • Jennifer Knapp
  • Jessa Anderson
  • Jim Murphy
  • Jonny Diaz
  • Jordan's Crossing
  • Justin Unger
  • Karyn Williams
  • Kelly Minter
  • Kristian Stanfill
  • Kyle Sherman
  • Lanae' Hale
  • Lexi Elisha
  • Mandisa
  • Margaret Becker
  • Marie Miller
  • Mark Schultz
  • Mat Kearney
  • Matthew West
  • Melissa Greene
  • MercyMe
  • Meredith Andrews
  • Michael W Smith
  • Mylon Le Fevre
  • Natalie Grant
  • Newsboys
  • OBB
  • Peter Furler
  • Phil Wickham
  • Plumb
  • Rachel Chan
  • Ray Boltz
  • Relient K
  • Revive Band
  • Rhett Walker Band
  • Royal Tailor
  • Rush of Fools
  • Russ Lee
  • Ryan Stevenson
  • Samestate
  • Sarah Kelly
  • Satellites and Sirens
  • Shane and Shane
  • Shine Bright Baby
  • Sidewalk Prophets
  • Solveig Leithaug
  • Stacie Orrico
  • Stellar Kart
  • Steven Curtis Chapman
  • True Vibe
  • Unspoken
  • Warren Barfield
  • We Are Messengers
  • Yancy
  • Yellow Cavalier

Alternative Rock

This type of Christian music falls outside of what's considered normal rock, hence the term "alternative." It closely resembles standard rock music. Songs my the bands below are typically faster than normal gospel and country Christian songs.

Defining music as alternative rock helps shape other sub-genres like jangle pop, noise pop, indie rock, and grunge. You could say they're all pretty similar except that with alternative Christian rock bands, the songs are clearly centered around salvation through Christ, or around how we should be more Christ-like.

  • Daniel's Window
  • FONO
  • Hearts of Saints
  • Kole
  • Krystal Meyers
  • Larry Norman
  • Manic Drive
  • Me in Motion
  • NEEDTOBREATHE
  • Newsboys
  • Newworldson
  • Phil Joel
  • Randy Stonehill
  • Remedy Drive
  • Rocket Summer, The
  • Runaway City
  • Seven Places
  • Seventh Day Slumber
  • Silers Bald
  • Stars Go Dim
  • Superchic[k]
  • The Fallen
  • The Sonflowerz
  • The Violet Burning

Indie Rock

Who ever said Christian artists have to be the typical mainstream folks? Indie (independent) rock is just a type of alternative rock music that better describes DIY bands or artists that have a relatively small budget to produce their songs. 

  • Firefalldown
  • Fue

Hard Rock/Metal

This is a type of rock music that has its roots in psychedelic rock, acid rock, and blues rock, so it might seem strange to consider the typical soft-spoken, Christian music to fall in this genre. However, just because the songs are characterized by louder sounds and might give a sense of aggression, it doesn't mean the lyrics can't speak about God.

Christian metal bands are generally understood to be like any other metal/hard rock band. The music is loud and often characterized by amplified distortion sounds and long guitar solos. Sometimes, it might take a kick in your ears to hear the important lyrics behind these Godly bands.

  • 12 Stones
  • About A Mile
  • August Burns Red
  • Classic Petra
  • Disciple
  • Emery
  • Eowyn
  • Fireflight
  • HarvestBloom
  • Icon For Hire
  • Light Up The Darknews
  • Ilia
  • Norma Jean
  • P.O.D
  • Project 86
  • Random Hero
  • RED
  • Road to Revelation
  • Scarlet White
  • Seven System
  • Skillet
  • Spoken
  • Stryper
  • The Letter Black
  • The Protest
  • Thousand Foot Krutch
  • Underoath
  • Wolves at the Gate

Folk

The world folk in folk music comes from the term folklore, which describes superstitions and traditions of uncultured people. Songs that are under this genre are usually very old and were passed around my word-of-mouth. They typically relate to world music or national culture.

Since folk music talks about historical and personal events, it makes sense that some of that music would describe Jesus and the people that existed in that timeframe. Christian folk music, then, is old, traditional-style music about God.

Jazz

The word "jazz" itself comes from the 19th century slang term "jasm," meaning energy. This time of music is often understood as highly expressive, which is a perfect medium for showing the intense emotions involved with Christianity.

The jazz music genre includes music that was developed from blues and ragtime, and first made popular by African-Americans artists. 

  • Jonathon Butler

Beach

Beach music is also known as Carolina beach music or beach pop. It spawned from similar pop and rock music in the 1950s and 1960s. All it takes to make a Christian beach song is to incorporate Christian values into the rock lyrics.

It's difficult to differentiate beach music from other slower rock music but we do have one artist that we think would fall under that category.

  • Bill Mallia

Hip Hop

Hip hop can be closely related to rap music. It's a popular genre that has Hispanic roots, often with an electronic component. It's some of the best music to get your body moving, which is why it's so great for listening to Christian music.

  • Group 1 Crew
  • Lecrae
  • Sean Johnson

Inspirational

These bands and artists in the inspirational genre encompass other similar genres like metal, pop, rap, rock, gospel, praise and worship, and others. As the name would suggest, this type of music is great for lifting your spirits.

Since these artists sing about Christian morals and beliefs, they're great if you need some God-centered inspiration.

  • Abigail Miller
  • Andy Flan
  • Brian Littrell
  • David Phelps
  • FFH
  • Josh Wilson
  • Kathy Troccoli
  • Lara Landon
  • Larnelle Harris
  • Laura Kaczor
  • Mandie Pinto
  • Michael Card
  • Phillips, Craig & Dean
  • Scott Krippayne
  • Steve Green
  • Twila Paris
  • Zechariah's Song

Instrumental

Christian music identified as instrumental is merely common church hymns played on instruments like piano or guitar. The melody still exists but without a singer.

These types of Christian songs are great for mediation-like circumstances like when praying or reading the Bible. It's easier to concentrate if you don't hear any words.

  • David Klinkenberg
  • Dino
  • Eduard Klassen
  • Greg Howlett
  • Greg Vail
  • Jeff Bjorck
  • Jimmy Roberts
  • Keith Andrew Grim
  • Laura Stincer
  • Maurice Sklar
  • Paul Aaron
  • Roberto Stuart
  • Ruth Fazal
  • The Kenny MacKenzie Trio

Bluegrass

Bluegrass music is influenced by jazz, so the two are closely related. This type of Christian music has its roots in Irish and Scottish music, so the style is a bit different than most of the other genres in this list.

However, it makes for some really soothing listening. With Christian lyrics added in, these bluegrass bands will definitely get your soul reaching for something larger than yourself.

  • Canaan's Crossing
  • Cody Shuler & Pine Mountain Railroad
  • Jeff & Sheri Easter
  • Ricky Skaggs
  • The Balos Family
  • The Chigger Hill Boys & Terri
  • The Easter Brothers
  • The Isaacs
  • The Lewis Family
  • The Roys

Blues

Blues is another style of music that was formed by Deep South African-Americans around the late 1800s. It's related to spiritual and folk music.

Christian blues music is slower than rock music and isn't heard on the radio as often as other popular genres. However, it's definitely a genre worth looking into if you're looking for an interesting type of music that's laid back but still follows your Christian heart.

  • Blud Bros
  • Jimmie Bratcher
  • Jonathon Butler
  • Mike Farris
  • Reverand Blues Band
  • Russ Taff
  • Terry Boch

Celtic

Celtic music evolved out folk music and refers to songs with origins in areas like Wales, France, Spain, Scotland, and Ireland. It's the music of people who refer to themselves as Celts, but also has similar practices from other Celtic-like music.

The harp and pipes are common instruments used in Celtic music, which are often seen as the old, traditional way for Christian music to be played. 

  • Ceili Rain
  • Crossing, The
  • Eve and the Garden
  • Moya Brennan
  • Ric Blair

Children and Youth

It might be hard for younger kids to understand or follow faster Christian songs that talk about things unrelated to the youth. The bands below incorporate messages about God and morals to children through an easy-to-listen-to voice and sound.

For instance, some of these bands might play songs about school or childhood games, but still keep all of it in the context of Christianity.

  • butterflyfish
  • Chip Richter
  • Christopher Duffley
  • Cross The Sky Music
  • Donut Man, The
  • Miss PattyCake