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An Impression Of Contemporary Gospel Music

Updated on June 1, 2013

My Favorite Artists

Amy Grant
Amy Grant
DeGarmo and Key
DeGarmo and Key
Michael W. Smith
Michael W. Smith

A Personal Testimony

When I was 18 years old I was invited to go to a contemporary worship service on the campus of the college I was attending. I wanted to be with my new friends. We attended these musical and bible teaching events every week. I didn't want to end up at any more block parties, "Toga" parties, or hang out with those who majored in being drunk or getting high.. I asked God to come into my life. " You're so big and I'm so small. Come Fill ME."

I had already been exposed to some contemporary Gospel music in my high school when I played guitar with the Folk Music Group for monthly Liturgies. The liturgies were like Catholic Contemporary Worship services. Gospel music became personal. I listened and I liked it. My friends and I listened to Cat Stevens' Morning Has Broken, and Keith Green's "Lord, You're Beautiful", and "You Put Love In My Heart", along with others.

In 1983, an acquaintance gave me my first Amy Grant album. "El Shaddai" was on that album, and I played that over and over. It was in her song lyrics, "Raining On the Inside"and the song lyrics, "I Have Decided" that confirmed my decision that led to confession that Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior. Later, during my attendance at the youth fellowship did it make it clear of a commitment in my new relationship with Jesus Christ giving me a new way of life. I was able to see Amy Grant in concert a few years later.

In 1984, my musical library expanded greatly. I started attending musical concerts. I went to PA to see Petra. The following summer, I went to see Amy Grant when she came to Columbia,MD. The church I attended from 1984 until 1991 always promoted Gospel Artists. There, I saw Joe English, Phil Driscoll, Michelle Pilar, DeGarmo and Key and in 1986, I saw Leon Patillo.


In 1994, I went to CREATION Festival, where I saw multiple talents there. Besides the concerts there, I learned a lot from the bible studies I attended. I was realizing the significance of God's Word in music and how it draws attention to the way we should live.

In spite of seeing all these various concerts during the earlier years of my Christian walk of life, The Gospel in the music became a part of my growth. What they are singing about anointed me. Being a poet and a musician led me to write my own gospel tunes. Putting the actual Word of God in my lyrics has become my way of evangelizing, just as my favorite Gospel artists have done.

The Right Message

When listening to various Gospel talents, biblical content of the lyrics is so important to get the right message across to all those who listen. (Unfortunately, there are some recorded artists out there that call themselves "Christian", but there lyrics do not reflect so).

The Hip Hop and Rock sounds of these groups draw attention. If a young person hears the genre that they are accustomed to listening to, then they will listen more intently. The lyrics spread the Gospel and the message of salvation is important to hear. The hearts of the messengers, which are the Christian Gospel artists, will be found to be affected by their lyrics as well. So the Gospel and Christian artists that live up to their lyrics become the right role models as well.

Concerts that the contemporary Christian Music listeners go to are not just musical events but become worship services due to the overwhelming desire to know what they are singing about. There are many concert goers that will depart to return home making the best decision of their life, which is to receive salvation through accepting Christ Jesus into their lives.

Where to find Creation Festival NorthEast


I attended Creation Festival 1994 in Mount Union, Pennsylvania, USA.
I attended Creation Festival 1994 in Mount Union, Pennsylvania, USA. | Source

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      CMCastro 7 years ago

      I think like I am young, but I when I realize that my kids are old enough to have kids, well then, there's my chronological evidence. But there is no Age in Jesus(the true meaning of the Title "Age to Age"?) I wish I had more Keith Green, so we'll have to wait til we enter the New Paradise to hear him sing again(I'm sure he's been busy with a new choir of angels:). )Thanks for sharing.

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      Cari Jean 7 years ago from Bismarck, ND

      WOW! You go way back! I just started listening to Christian music in 2000. Some of my current favorites include Third Day, Casting Crowns, Addison Road, Needtobreathe...I could go on and on. But I will always love Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, DC Talk, Rich Mullins and some of the older artists as well.

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      Richard Parr 7 years ago from Oz

      I think this becomes especially true when we have children. They will grow up to listen to music in some form or another, and the opportunity and pressure to listen to "unchristian" music is strong in our culture. For parents to encourage their kids toward a more suitable alternative is important. thanks for the hub.

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      Christina M. Castro 7 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA

      Thank you, Holy Events, for reading. You have just inspired me musically- to combine the old time Gospel sounds with modern music technology is already being done

      yet I as a musician would like to explore this alternative in my next musical project. Keep listening to new musical talents out there.:)

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      kaltopsyd 7 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA

      Thanks for sharing CM! Amy Grant, Newsboys and Toby Mac are also some of my favourite artists. My newest gospel artists are Nicole and David Binion. I enjoyed reading this Hub. Thanks.

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      Holy Events 7 years ago

      I don't blame you! Things change so much, and for kids today to be listening to that old-time gospel, it would just seem plain weird. With the tamborines and harmonicas and pipe organs and all that! But I wonder if there is a way they can weave some of the old time sounds into the new-age songs...