Redefining “Christian music”

This is the kind of thing worthy of the RK Weblog. From Andy Rau of Think Christian Blog…

Changes are afoot over at CCM Magazine, according to a recent announcement on their website:

“This month marks a historic step for our magazine, and, as a result, the fans and the industry we serve,” said CCM Editor Jay Swartzendruber. “We’re going to start mixing indie and general market Christians such as The Fray, Mary J. Blige and Sufjan Stevens in with artists with traditional Christian label affiliation. Rather than define ‘Christian music’ just by its label or distribution, we’re now defining it as Christian worldview music. CCM Magazine has always taken its role as a leader seriously, and we believe this is the way of the future.”

Sounds like a great idea to me—I’ve lost count of the number of bands I’ve read about over the last 5+ years that profess a Christian faith, but steer clear of the Christian music industry for fear of being pigeonholed. Good call, CCM.

HT:  Think Christian

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Writer, Speaker, and Musician. Rich Kirkpatrick was recently rated #13 of the “Top 75 Religion Bloggers” by Newsmax.com, having also received recognition by Worship Leader Magazine as “Editor’s Choice” for the “Best of the Best” of blogs in 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

8 comments

  1. I don’t know if it was my reader, or their site, or what, but last night, I received about 20 of CCM’s posts right in a row. Some of them had been published a few weeks ago, but were just now making it to my reader.
    But yeah, that would be really cool to see them branch out and include other music in their features. We had a local Christian station here a few years ago that would play music beyond the standard CCM top 40 fare. Unfortunately, they closed shop and were assimilated by K-Love. It’s been downhill since then. Maybe this move by CCM Magazine will eventually change all of that.

  2. I don’t know if it was my reader, or their site, or what, but last night, I received about 20 of CCM’s posts right in a row. Some of them had been published a few weeks ago, but were just now making it to my reader.
    But yeah, that would be really cool to see them branch out and include other music in their features. We had a local Christian station here a few years ago that would play music beyond the standard CCM top 40 fare. Unfortunately, they closed shop and were assimilated by K-Love. It’s been downhill since then. Maybe this move by CCM Magazine will eventually change all of that.

  3. I don’t know if it was my reader, or their site, or what, but last night, I received about 20 of CCM’s posts right in a row. Some of them had been published a few weeks ago, but were just now making it to my reader.
    But yeah, that would be really cool to see them branch out and include other music in their features. We had a local Christian station here a few years ago that would play music beyond the standard CCM top 40 fare. Unfortunately, they closed shop and were assimilated by K-Love. It’s been downhill since then. Maybe this move by CCM Magazine will eventually change all of that.

  4. I don’t know if it was my reader, or their site, or what, but last night, I received about 20 of CCM’s posts right in a row. Some of them had been published a few weeks ago, but were just now making it to my reader.
    But yeah, that would be really cool to see them branch out and include other music in their features. We had a local Christian station here a few years ago that would play music beyond the standard CCM top 40 fare. Unfortunately, they closed shop and were assimilated by K-Love. It’s been downhill since then. Maybe this move by CCM Magazine will eventually change all of that.

  5. As a Christian here over in the jolly old UK I totally agree. It’s a bit different over here.Christian artists aren’t allowed in the charts. So we’ll never see Casting Crowns, Delirious or Jeremy Camp in our charts

  6. As a Christian here over in the jolly old UK I totally agree. It’s a bit different over here.Christian artists aren’t allowed in the charts. So we’ll never see Casting Crowns, Delirious or Jeremy Camp in our charts

  7. As a Christian here over in the jolly old UK I totally agree. It’s a bit different over here.Christian artists aren’t allowed in the charts. So we’ll never see Casting Crowns, Delirious or Jeremy Camp in our charts

  8. As a Christian here over in the jolly old UK I totally agree. It’s a bit different over here.Christian artists aren’t allowed in the charts. So we’ll never see Casting Crowns, Delirious or Jeremy Camp in our charts

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