List of Christian Bands and Artists

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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.

The idea that all Christian music can be categorized as either Gospel or Christian rock is a myth. There are plenty of Christian music bands out there, spanning across nearly every musical genre.

Use this list to find new Christian bands to enjoy, no matter your taste in music.

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 sometimes constructed as quartet music with four men and a piano. The type of music played under the Southern gospel genre may vary regionally, but as with all 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 country music (CCM).

CCM, sometimes called country gospel or inspirational country, blends the style of country with biblical lyrics. Like country music itself, it is an expansive genre, and no two CCM artists will sound exactly alike. 

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, the lyrics may contain implicit Biblical messages or may imply broader Christian teachings to other subjects.

This makes Modern Rock music very popular with Christians and non-Christians alike. The songs can be heard widely on non-Christian radio stations across the country. 

  • 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

The bands below have used modern-style music to praise God in a new way, incorporating styles from pop, blues, country, and more. 

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 closely resembles standard rock music. Songs by the bands are typically more up-tempo than normal gospel and country Christian songs. Alternative Christian rock bands set themselves apart from other alternative rock groups with songs are clearly centered around salvation through Christ.

  • 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 are mainstream? Indie (independent) rock is 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

Hard rock or metal is a type of rock music that has its roots in psychedelic rock, acid rock, and blues rock.

While most Christian music is generally more soft-spoken, the heart of Christian music is in the lyrics, which can easily be combined with louder and more up-tempo styles like hard rock and metal. 

Christian metal 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

Folk songs are often passed through an oral tradition. Often, they are very old songs or songs that come from around the world. 

Folk music often historical and personal events into account, and Christian folk is no different. Many Christian folk songs describe Jesus and his followers through a historical lens. 

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 the incorporation of Christian values into the lyrics. 

  • Bill Mallia

Hip-Hop

Hip-hop is 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

The 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 perfect 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

Instrumental Christian music takes the melodies of church hymns and plays them on instruments like piano or guitar. 

These types of Christian songs are great for praying or reading the Bible. The absence of lyrics makes these songs perfect for moments when you need to really concentrate. 

  • 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

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 African-Americans in the Deep South 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. 

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

Celtic

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

The bands below incorporate messages about God and morals to children through an easy and accessible voice and sound. They incorporate Christian messages in a way that children of all ages can understand. 

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
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