Christian musicians, singers and bands outside the CCM subculture.
Posted 23 May 2009 - 08:21 AM
The Alarm/ Mike Peters
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Cactus World News
Chagall Guevara/ Steve Taylor
Deacon Blue/ Ricky Ross
The Hold Steady
The Innocence Mission
Lies Damned Lies
Lone Justice/ Maria Mckee
Over The Rhine
Pedro the Lion
River City People
Mike Scott/ The Waterboys
Sixpence None the Richer
Sixteen Horsepower/ Wovenhand
Sleeping At Last
Vigilantes of Love/ Bill Mallonee
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.
Posted 23 May 2009 - 09:31 AM
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.
Posted 23 May 2009 - 09:39 AM
Posted 23 May 2009 - 10:44 AM
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:
Buddy and Julie Miller
The Welcome Wagon
Posted 23 May 2009 - 12:25 PM
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.
Edited by Cunningham, 23 May 2009 - 12:30 PM.
Posted 24 May 2009 - 12:52 PM
Posted 24 May 2009 - 01:58 PM
Posted 26 May 2009 - 09:46 AM
Posted 26 May 2009 - 11:46 AM
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?
Edited by mrmando, 26 May 2009 - 11:52 AM.
Posted 26 May 2009 - 12:09 PM
Edited by Overstreet, 26 May 2009 - 12:10 PM.
Posted 26 May 2009 - 12:20 PM
My Brightest Diamond
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.
Prince is a Jehovah's Witness, but he sure does love Jesus....
Rickie Lee Jones?
Agents of Future
Edited by Overstreet, 26 May 2009 - 12:34 PM.
Posted 26 May 2009 - 01:00 PM
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?
Posted 26 May 2009 - 01:17 PM
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.
Posted 26 May 2009 - 01:22 PM
Posted 26 May 2009 - 02:40 PM
We could add Nickel Creek.
Edited by mrmando, 27 May 2009 - 12:17 AM.
Posted 27 May 2009 - 06:48 AM
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........ Had to be done, sorry!!!
Posted 27 May 2009 - 08:54 AM
John Davis (Superdrag)