Tuesday, October 12, 2004

No One Listens To Christian Music

Well, that's not entirely true, but it's not that far off, either. Mark Shea's post about a new emergence of Christian hip-hop got me thinking (always dangerous). As good as many (but certainly not all!) Christian-themed bands are, very few are heard outside Evangelical circles. Let's go with a quick list of Christian rock bands or rap groups, and, assuming you listen to modern rock and rap, think how many you've heard on your local rock station.
DC Talk
Audio Adrenaline
Relient K
O.C. Supertones
MercyMe
Switchfoot
Cross Movement
Da TRUTH
Grits
T-Bone
Gospel Gangstaz
Newsboys
Third Day
Sanctus Real
Jars of Clay
Delirious?
Insyderz
Five Iron Frenzy

Probably not many. MercyMe and Switchfoot have made it in fairly recently, but other than a few one-hit-breakthroughs back when I was in high school for those such as Jars of Clay and DC Talk, there's not a lot of successful crossover. You're far more likely to have heard of Evanescence, Lifehouse, P.O.D., or U2. Why do you think that is?

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