Contemporary Christian music

Christian pop music is Christian music that is stylistically classified in the area of ​​pop and rock music. (: Contemporary Christian music Contemporary Christian music, German ) is often used the term CCM. Unlike the United States, this term has enforced only sporadically in Germany. In the English-speaking world Christian popular music is also called the Gospel - to distinguish from the " Black Gospel " or " Traditional Gospel " - or called christian music. Closely related but not identical to the so-called Sacropop, the modern church songs is called in German language in Germany. A similar but more widespread area includes the praise and worship music ( Praise & Worship Music ), which is more focused on the relationship with God and is musically usually somewhere between soft pop, acoustic and rock music.


The Christian rock music originated in the Jesus People movement of the 1970s in the United States. One of the first Christian rock groups and singers include 2nd Chapter of Acts, Love Song, Barry McGuire and Larry Norman, who coined with the same song the motto of the CCM scene Why Should the Devil have all the good music. The genre began when the late 1960s, music artists and groups is known to Christianity and continue in their style made ​​music, but their songs backed Christian texts. For example, originated in 1969 Upon this Rock - one of the first Christian rock albums - Larry Norman, who served as a model for many other artists. From the first Christian rock bands of the Christian Metal evolved with time. Since then, a variety of Christian music groups, which today cover almost every popular style of music, from hip-hop to folk, ska, punk, techno to metal was born.

In Germany, the development and use began christian embossed pop music Reinforced insulation between 1960 and 1970. The incident on a conservative in much of critical audience music developed mainly by their presence on crusades like Euro '70 with Billy Graham continuously a respected area within the currently largely evangelical German Christian music scene. Is given to the youth choir movement as an important advance and decades parallel development. Your style as a Christian pop music defining occurred mainly musicians and bands such as the Fietz team, Eden and in the 1980's Deliverance, Damaris Joy or Hella Heizmann on in the 1970s. In addition to the youth choirs but also stylistically diverse groups and singer-songwriters like Arno and Andreas and Manfred Siebald were closely associated with the scene. Since the early 1980s, active in initiatives organized in the two major churches, and various free churches. Since 2000 there has been in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria a first trade association, the Association of Christian popular music in Bavaria.

In addition arisen within the Christian communities and youth groups in the last 25 years, " praise and worship songs " (English: Praise & Worship ) as a special musical and spiritual genre. As a sort of counterpoint to traditional church hymns and church songs this style of music has become very popular, especially among the Christians of the young and middle generation. The praise and worship songs have some places supplanted the " hymns " and created a new and partially criticized Christian song culture.

Christian Music Scene

The Christian pop music scene is similar diverse as the " secular" designated as not explicitly Christian music scene, only much smaller. It exists parallel to the secular music scene and finds her audience preferably in Christian circles. The lyrics of the songs often deal with themes of the Bible and the Christian faith, but also social or pertinent to everyday life. In the regular sales lists such as " Billboard " in the United States and " Media Control " in Germany some performers reached placements, including, for example, Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, Normal Generation? , Stacie Orrico, Beatbetrieb or avenue of cosmonauts.

In North America, among others, the Booth Brothers in the genre. A number of other artists are Christians, some of which also use Christian texts, their productions but with secular labels publish such as Xavier Naidoo and U2. These are not usually the scene attributed. Other performers have their plates produce both a Christian label for the Christian market, as well as a secular label and market them. Record companies and publishers, who specializes in Christian music are in German speaking countries, for example, ABACUS music, Asaph Music, Free Records, Gerth Medien, J -Star,, Pila Music, Ruuf Records, Royal Family Records and SCM Hänssler and ForeFront Records, Gotee Records, Sparrow Records, Tooth & Nail Records, and others in the United States.

In addition to the commercial Christian music scene there are also Christian music with Creative Commons licenses. Your awareness is currently however still low. Examples are Jason Silver, Jennifer Avalon, Alterum Saxum and Soul Surprise, which can be found on YouTube or Jamendo


Major events in the field of Christian pop music:

  • The annual Promikon - Musikmesse
  • The Flevo Festival in the Netherlands
  • Freakstock Festival
  • The Christmas Rock Night
  • The Christival