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I am starting a study on Christian (believers plus a few borderline seekers that always are pondering eternal isuues.) musicians, singers and bands outside the CCM subculture. Have quite a list but wondered if anyone could add to it.

Here goes;

The Alarm/ Mike Peters

Anathallo

Iain Archer

Athlete

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

T-Bone Burnett

Cactus World News

The Call

Peter Case

Nick Cave

Chagall Guevara/ Steve Taylor

Bruce Cockburn

Danielson

Dashboard Confessional

Deacon Blue/ Ricky Ross

Dissident Prophet

Duke Special

Bob Dylan

The Fray

Galactic Cowboys

The Hold Steady

Brian Houston

The Innocence Mission

Martyn Joseph

Damain Jurado

Kings X

Lies Damned Lies

Lifehouse

Lone Justice/ Maria Mckee

Midnight Oil

Morning Runner

Mutemath

Onerepublic

Over The Rhine

Pedro the Lion

Pierce Pettis

Sam Phillips

Plumb

River City People

Runrig

Mike Scott/ The Waterboys

Sixpence None the Richer

Sixteen Horsepower/ Wovenhand

Sleeping At Last

Son Lux

Southeast Engine

Sufjan Stevens

Thrice

Juliet Turner

U2

Vigilantes of Love/ Bill Mallonee

Violet Burning

The Violent Femmes

Want to stick to the rock/pop genre for now. I know there are many soul/gospel artsists that could be included but that would be a volume in itself.

Also do not want to include metal bands for the same reason. Too many to mention. Although will note any alternative rock.

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I am starting a study on Christian (believers plus a few borderline seekers that always are pondering eternal isuues.) musicians, singers and bands outside the CCM subculture. Have quite a list but wondered if anyone could add to it.

The Hold Steady

Not sure what you're trying to do exactly, but I did an interview with Craig Finn where we talked a great deal about faith, if you're interested in using it for research or anything.

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A number of questions come up when I see this list, including but not limited to: what is a Christian, what is a believer, what is a seeker, what is the CCM subculture, what is NOT the CCM subculture, and how famous does a band have to be on a list like this? (I'm not looking for answers to all of those...) I guess the main question is, what's the purpose of making the list? Then maybe I could make some suggestions. I have been thinking about this sort of thing for most of my life, which somehow makes it much more difficult than it should be.

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A number of questions come up when I see this list, including but not limited to: what is a Christian, what is a believer, what is a seeker, what is the CCM subculture, what is NOT the CCM subculture, and how famous does a band have to be on a list like this? (I'm not looking for answers to all of those...) I guess the main question is, what's the purpose of making the list? Then maybe I could make some suggestions. I have been thinking about this sort of thing for most of my life, which somehow makes it much more difficult than it should be.

It is difficult. But perhaps one simplifying concept might be that the list should focus on artists who identify themselves as Christians. That avoids the "how do we know?" and "What theological/lifestyle criteria come into play?" questions and simply admits that we don't know. God knows, and it's not our business to know. But people who call themselves Christians could reasonably appear on a list of "Christians who operate outside the CCM world."

And yes, the "CCM" label poses its own set of issues. But perhaps that can be at least partly resolved by looking only at artists who appear on non-self-identified "Christian" labels, or who start their own labels to avoid the whole controversy. Given those caveats, I'd add the following to the list:

Aaron Strumpel

Buddy and Julie Miller

Tonio K.

Josh Garrels

Gretel

Katie Chastain

Pierce Pettis

David Wilcox

Baby Dee

Sinead O'Connor

Victoria Williams

Jeremy Enigk

Richard Swift

Mark Heard

The Welcome Wagon

Aradhna

Hermas Zopoula

Dave Perkins

Will Gray

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Jason Harrod

Brooks Williams

Michelle Shocked

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David Wilcox?

Some of those on your list are pretty well recognized at least within the CCM subculture. Sixpense, Sufjan Stevens, Danielson, Plumb, Mute Math, Over the Rhine, and The Violet Burning are all groups that at one time or another could have been found at a Christian bookstore, and are pretty well-known in Christian music circles, even if they aren't currently marketed as Christian. Others, like King's X, and Pedro, seem to have made a more concerned effort to exit the CCM subculture.

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I know we're sticking to rock and pop, but Johnny Cash belongs as a godfather to this list.

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Hi guys, thanks for replies so far. Andy thanks for your little bit of guidance. I know this raises many questions but thought I would throw it in anyway. I am writing a chapter for a book on the influence of Jesus in the spheres of life, work and the arts. It is in very embryonic form at the moment but I am researching the music side of things. Wanted to make sure I did not leave anyone out whether of note or not. Will definately look into the names mentioned so far. If anyone thinks of anything else keep them coming. :D

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Mark Olson (the Jayhawks) (Though I must admit, I've never seen him admit it in print...I could be way off on this.)

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Reaching way back...

After the Fire

Robin Lane and the Chartbusters

Kerry Livgren/Kansas (until he left the group)

The Mercy Seat

Was MC Hammer enough of a crossover phenomenon to be considered a "pop" artist?

Tom Prasada-Rao

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You've listed Pedro the Lion, but should include David Bazan separately, as he stopped recording as PtL a long time ago.

Robert Deeble

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I'm curious: Would anybody argue that Springsteen belongs on this list? Or Daniel Lanois? Emmylou Harris? Jack White? Kanye West?

My Brightest Diamond

Katy Bowser

Leigh Nash (insofar as she has a solo album)

Michael Been (ditto)

I don't know about Ollabelle, but they've recorded some rip-roaring gospel.

THE RAGBIRDS!

Prince is a Jehovah's Witness, but he sure does love Jesus....

Rickie Lee Jones?

Arvo Part

Agents of Future

The Beauty

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I'm curious: Would anybody argue that Springsteen belongs on this list? Or Daniel Lanois? Emmylou Harris? Jack White? Kanye West?

Perhaps the first four as spiritual seekers? Springsteen's Catholic roots are always showing, I guess. But Kanye West? Seriously? Hard to believe there was any sincerity behind that Jesus song.

If we include Prince, do we have to include Michael Jackson? He was a Jehovah's Witness too, for a while.

Let's not forget Michael McDermott. And what about Peter Himmelman, a devout Jew?

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But Kanye West? Seriously?

Well... thus the question mark. I've read interviews where he talks about loving Jesus, and I think he's made references to that in more than one song. But yeah, it's very hard to take seriously in light of... well... everything else.

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A friend of mine suggests this:

You might recommend that your friend look up Michael Lindsay at Rice University in Houston. He

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Well, egomaniacs need Jesus as much as anyone else does, so we shouldn't necessarily rule out Kanye as a seeker of some kind.

We could add Nickel Creek.

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I'm curious: Would anybody argue that Springsteen belongs on this list? Or Daniel Lanois? Emmylou Harris? Jack White?

Would definately include all these on the list.

And I cannot believe nobody has included the seminal rock star. I know you are all holding back out of embarassment so I will shoot my street cred down even more

Sir Cliff Richard........ B) Had to be done, sorry!!!

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Josh Caterer (of the Smoking Popes, Duvall)

John Davis (Superdrag)

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Moby used to talk on and on about his love for Jesus in interviews. But that was a while ago and I haven't paid attention to him much lately.

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I almost always forget about this one, but: Dave Mustaine (Megadeth, formerly of Metallica)

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Moby used to talk on and on about his love for Jesus in interviews. But that was a while ago and I haven't paid attention to him much lately.

This suggests another category:

Definitely Christian, definitely outside the CCM world, but nobody cares. I also nominate:

Dan Peek (formerly of America)

Jeremy Spencer (formerly of Fleetwood Mac)

Richie Furay (formerly, and now once again, of Poco)

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Does Neko Case/New Pornographers sit well here?

And what about Billy Corgan? His stuff with Zwan, his solo stuff and his recent album seem to suggest he is on a pilgrimage.

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