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CCM Artist Links


Written by Paul D. Race for SchoolOfTheRock.comô

 

This page will be mostly a place to provide links about the artists and music referred to in our “Brief History of Contemporary Christian Music” article.  It is NOT meant to be comprehensive.  For instance, it leaves out over a hundred great artists that I enjoyed in concerts and on my turntable, as well as thousands of great songs.  But if this is your first introduction to Jesus Music/Contemporary Christian Music, it will help you find the information and sounds that will ground you in the genres quickly and effectively.

About the Album Covers:

Though I have just started filling them in, you can tell that we will be representing artists graphically by album covers, using one of their earliest popular covers when possible.  For most folks who lived through the eras described, those album covers actually trigger memory more effectively than “head shots” of the artist.  Like ELO, Yes, Kansas, and many other “secular” rock bands, many Jesus Music and CCM artists made no appearances to speak of on their album covers, so unless you saw them in concert, the graphic was all you had to go by.  In a few cases, where none of the early albums were really well-known enough to trigger memories on their own,  I did use a publicity shot.

Ignore the big hair and beards- most of the guys lost those by their second album or so, as hair styles in the world changed.  

About the Music Links:

Since “Writing about music is like dancing about architecture,” we really want the music to speak for itself, especially when we could provide links to songs that were representative of that artist’s work and/or important to the genre itself.  A few artists had big “hits” late in their careers, but by then they had already made most of the impact on the genre that they were going to make.  So while such hits were important to the artist, they weren’t as important to the genre as some of their lesser-known but earlier songs.  Obviously you are free to disagree with us - that’s what the contact page is for.  Just remember, we’re free to disagree with you, too.  :-) 

When an artist has made downloadable mp3s of key songs available on his or her official web page, we have included links there. 

We also included links to that artist’s work on Amazon, when available.  Sadly, certain releases are totally unavailable, or when they do appear, are outrageously priced.  But we wanted to give you a chance, in case something is available for a reasonable price the day you decide to check on it.

But the most important links, and the ones that - if they work out - give you a chance to hear the entire song are in YouTube videos that feature the album versions of the songs.  Please note that we are in no way condoning the quality of the videos or even trying to make a statement about whether it’s moral to use YouTube videos this way.  Nor are we guaranteeing that every link from this page is family-friendly - we can’t as they keep changing.  See the explanation below please.

We’re just trying to put you in touch with these historically-important recordings without getting arrested.  Four additional caveats come to mind:

  • Some important early Jesus Music recordings have been all but lost so certain artists and recordings (such as Steve Camp’s earliest work) are pretty much unavailable.
  • Some of the most popular artists have publishers who regularly comb the YouTube lists taking down those artist’s songs on the demonstrably false premise that every visit to a cheesy video with that song as a sound track costs them money.  So, ironically, the very popular artists may be just as hard to find as the virtually unknown.  Stranger, still, when an artist’s song is removed under these circumstances, a link that used to work may now take you to a video of an amateur playing that song in his bedroom.  No, I really can tell the difference - the original recording was there the last time I checked.  That said, a few of those amateurs are pretty good.
  • Videos of certain very popular songs tend to get advertisements attached at the front end.  (While I was compiling this list, the vast majority of those advertisements were for a stupid-looking R-rated comedy.)  Neither the artist nor I have any control over what ads get attached, but I couldn’t in conscience link to those videos. 

In other words, we’ve done our best to give you access to sample songs by each important artist, but we don’t have any control over what will happen on YouTube twenty minutes from now - so “your mileage will vary.”  And obviously, we can’t try every link every day.  If you find that  link has gone bad, or if you find a link to a song that you think really ought to be listed, please let us know.  (Although we reserve the right to limit which artists and songs we link to - in the interest of keeping the list short enough to be useful. 

Whenever possible, I’ve tracked down the studio version of the song, because that’s the version that reached most listeners and had the most influence on the artists that followed. 

Finally, please do not be put off by the big hair and prominent beards that appear on many of the Jesus Music and early CCM album covers and videos - Most of the guys cranked that back by their second or third album, as hair styles were changing.  Also, some of the home-made videos are very cheesy.  Listen to the music!

About the Other References:

If the artist has an official web page, I will provide a link to that. I  won’t be providing a link to any fan sites unless the owner can prove to me that the artist contributes to the site’s content and is accessible to readers through that site.  A site owned by the artist trumps all other urls.  The caveat here is that some artists’ pages don’t work all that well, and a few are frequently hacked.   Note to Artists: If you’re giving up on your web site and would like to have some else archive it for you (at our expense) so folks can still find it a year or five from now, we have plenty of room on our server, hint, hint.

I am also providing the page numbers for each mention of the artist in Paul Baker’s book “Contemporary Christian Music - Where It Came From, What It Is, Where It's Going ,” long out of print, but currently available in digital archive at the Evangelical Christian (Online) Library.  Baker’s book goes from the earliest days of Jesus music until soon after Amy Grant’s breakthrough album “Age to Age.”  So some prominent artists from the time of Amy Grant’s rise to popularity are not mentioned, and nobody who came on the scene after 1985 is mentioned at all.  When you want to see what Baker says about some artist, open the “Table of Contents” to see which chapter contains the pages you need, then open the appropriate chapter and navigate to that page.  It’s a bit cumbersome, but it’s a lot easier than trying to track down a copy of the book.  I have asked Paul Baker if he would mind me converting the index into a list of HTML links, making it easier to use, but he has not gotten back to me. (If the link above doesn’t work, click here.)

I don’t link to Wikipedia, although most of the entries on specific artists are useful.   Unfortunately the more general articles about Jesus Music, Contemporary Christian Music, and Contemporary Worship are not - because one or two editors there keep promoting their favorite artists and randomly skewing other content.  As an example, several of the most influential “Jesus Musicians” are currently missing from the “Jesus Music” page (Larry Norman has been removed twice, though he was back the last time I looked), while an unknown band that had no relationship to the “Jesus Movement” is prominently featured.  In other words, don’t assume that anything you read in those articles is balanced, or even necessarily true.  Maybe one day . . . 

About the Amazon Links:

In case you’re having trouble tracking down an artist’s music, or you would like to get the whole CD, I’ll be providing Amazon links as I have time.  That said, please check out the artist’s web page first - if the artist has albums or mp3s for sale, you’ll be doing them a huge favor by buying from them directly, because they get much more of the profit, and they get it sooner.

Helps Us Make This Page Useful

If you see anything that you think needs correction, addition, or deletion, please contact us and let us know.  For example, I left some bits blank, such as “representative song” for certain artists that I enjoy but don’t really know all that well.  If you ARE one of the artists we mention, and you want to make a correction, addition, or other comment, please make that clear in your note - as with URLs, artists take priority.  Just let us know.

If You’re A Jesus Musician or CCM Artist:

I would love to hear from you.  Corrections, additions, deletions, feedback of any kind.  I want to make certain that our article about the history of CCM is as balanced as possible, and that it represents the musician’s point of view and not just that of the music-lover or industry hack.   Also, due to space constraints, I couldn’t include even all of my favorites in my article about CCM, but I’m also open to expanding the lists of artists on this page.  Also, if you are “retiring” and have no interest in maintaining your own web site, we have room to post an archive indefinitely for free on our server. I know that folks who love your music will be glad to have continued access.  (Consider us the Branson, Missouri of web pages.)

Remember to Pray

As mentioned on our CCM History page, three of the most talented songwriters in the list below have died untimely deaths.  Quite a few more have had deep spiritual and financial struggles or suffer serious health issues, even though they keep their “public side” as positive as possible. So, while it might be fun for “old-timers” like me to reminisce over all of the old album covers and songs, please consider this a  prayer list, and remember to pray, not only for folks whose music we “grew up with,” but also for the current generation of Christian musicians, who, in spite of the evangelical church’s culture shift, still face many of the same difficulties and dangers as their predecessors. 

Thanks

For the representative songs from D.C. Talk and newer artists, I am strongly indebted to authors, teachers, and music-lovers Kristen Coppess and Emily Race, who followed those artists much more closely than I did, mostly because they were a generation behind me in time.  I enjoyed many of those bands and saw many of them in concert; I just didn’t usually buy their CDs, and if I didn’t they didn’t usually stay in my possession for long.

Here it the list, such as it is today.  Please let us know if you see any mistakes.

 

Representative

 Album Cover

(If available)

Artist Name

Representative    Song(s)

(If available)

Artist Web Page

(If available)

References in Paul Baker’s History of CCM

(If available)

Additional Comments

john_peterson

John Peterson

“Coming Again,” “Heaven Came Down”

 

 

 

theyll_know_we_are_christians

Father Peter Scholtes

We are One in the Spirit

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carmichael

Ralph Carmichael

He’s Everything to Me

http://www.ralphcarmichael.com/

 

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12, 13, 14, 15, 56, 57, 86, 109, 110, 154

 

evie

Evie Tournquist

Give Them All” “Ring Those Bells,” “Sweet, Sweet Song of Salvation

http://eviemusic.org/wordpress/

 

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86, 103, 192, 198

 

mylon

Mylon Lefevre

Gospel Ship

http://www.mylon.org/

 

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21, 22, 153, 169, 175, 189

 

imperials

The Imperials

“Jesus Made Me Higher”

http://theclassicimperials.com/home/

 

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75, 86, 103, 125, 163, 174, 192

 

dallas_holm

Dallas Holm

I’ll Rise Again

www.dallasholm.com

 

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74, 104, 125, 126, 136, 137, 165, 166

 

norman_upon_this_rock norman_only_visiting

Larry Norman

Sweet, Sweet Song of Salvation,” “Wish We’d All Been Ready,” “I Am a Servant,” “Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music?” “Outlaw

http://www.larrynorman.com/

 

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ix, xviii, 31, 32, 33, 34, 36, 46, 47, 55, 74, 77, 80, 83, 85, 92, 103, 115, 124, 169, 195, 199

 

stonehill

Randy Stonehill

Never Can Repay,” “Good News

http://www.randystonehill.com/

 

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xi, 36, 74, 85, 110, 184, 185, 189, 191, 192

 

crouch

Andre Crouch (and the Disciples)

My Tribute (To God be the Glory),” “It Won’t Be Long,” “Through it All

http://www.andraecrouch.com/

 

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55, 56, 57, 66, 77, 85, 86, 103, 146, 156, 168, 169, 187, 188, 190, 192

 

love_song

Love Song

Love Song,” “Let Us Be One in You,” “And the Wind Was Low” “Little Country Church

http://thelovesongband.com/

 

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36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 55, 62, 79, 83, 85, 86, 93, 94, 106

 

glass_harp

Glass Harp

Songs in the Air” “David and Goliath/I'm Going Home/Do Lord

http://www.glassharp.net/

 

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93

 

randymatthews

Randy Matthews

Didn’t He?” “Holy Band

 

www.facebook.com/pages/Randy -Matthews-Fan-Page/276270684260

 

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ix, 55, 57, 58, 74, 85, 86, 95, 103

 

selah_w_clouds

Selah

Fat Little Baby

 

 

 

 

Ernie Rettino

I’ll Never Leave You,” “Welcome to the Family” (as Psalty)

 

39

 

debbie_kerner

Debbie Kerner

The Horsemen,” “The Peace that Passes All Understanding

 

39

 

ernie_n_debbie_rettino

Ernie and Debbie Rettino

He Came in Love,” “Promises

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honeytree

Nancy “Honeytree” Hennigbaum

Clean Before My Lord I Stand,” “Rattle Me, Shake Me,” “I Am a Servant

http://www.honeytree.org/

 

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68, 69, 86, 103

 

mark_heard

Mark Heard

“Lonely Moon,” “Worry Too Much,” “All My Tears,” “Heart of Hearts”

 

 

 

mcguire

Barry McGuire

Peace,” “Calling Me Home,” “Pay the Piper

http://www.barrymcguire.com/

 

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55, 71, 72, 73, 90, 103, 119, 124, 137, 139, 188, 191

 

acts

Second Chapter of Acts

Which Way the Wind Blows,” “He Loves Me,” “Easter Song,” “Mansion Builder

www.2ndchapterofacts.com/

 

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70, 71, 73, 90, 103, 106, 115, 124, 126, 134, 137, 169, 195

 

keith_green

Keith Green

You Put This Love in My Heart,” “Lord, You’re Beautiful,” “He’ll Take Care of the Rest,” “When I Hear the Praises Start,” “Make My Life a Prayer to You,” “Your Love Broke Through,” “There is a Redeemer,” “Song to my Parents

www.lastdaysministries.org

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103, 133, 134, 135, 136, 137, 138, 159, 160, 169, 192

 

keaggy

Phil Keaggy

What a Day

http://www.philkeaggy.com/

 

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93, 94, 107, 187, 191, 192

 

white_horse

Michael Omartian

Fat City,” “Take me Down,” “Jeremiah,” “White Horse

http://michaelomartian.com/Welcome.html

 

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60, 103, 147, 158, 169, 174

 

stevecamp

Steve Camp

“If I Were a Singer,” “Strong Love, Strange Peace,” “Let Not Your Heart be Troubled.”

www.myspace.com/ stevecampmusic

 

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185, 187

My favorite Camp songs are all from lps  that have not been reissued.

sweet_comfort

Sweet Comfort Band

I Love You With My Life

http://officialsweetcomfortband.com/

192

 

petra

Petra

Color Song,” “Road to Zion,” “This Means War,” “God Gave Rock and Roll To You,” “Don’t Let Your Heart Be Hardened

www.classicpetra.com/

 

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xix, 68, 76, 77, 95, 132, 174, 177, 186, 191, 214

 

chris_christian

Chris Christian

“I Want You, I need You,” “Mountaintop”

Chris’s Music Page

 

 

brown_bannister

Brown Bannister

“Create in Me a Clean Heart”

 

 

 

degarmo_n_key

Degarmo & Key

Destined to Win,” “666

Unofficial Web Page

185, 189, 213

 

rezband2

Rez (Resurrection) Band

Love Comes Down

http://www.resurrectionband.com/

80,185, 186, 213

 

amy_grant

Amy Grant

El Shaddai,” “I Have Decided

www.myspace.com/amygrant

 

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xix, 128, 154, 155, 156, 157, 170, 172, 189, 192, 213, 214

 

michael_card

Michael Card

El Shaddai,” “I Have Decided,” “Joy in the Journey,” “Love, Crucified, Arose,” “That’s What Faith Must Be

www.michaelcard.com/

 

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170, 172

 

mwsmith

Michael W. Smith

Great is the Lord,” “Friends

www.michaelwsmith.com/

 

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170, 172, 189

 

steve_taylor

Steve Taylor

“I Want to Be a Clone,” wrote Newsboy’s “Shine,” “Take me to you Leader” 

 

 

 

richiefuray

Richie Furay

“I’ve Got a Reason,” “I Still Have Dreams”

 

 

 

watson

Wayne Watson

Touch of the Master’s Hand,” “Friend of a Wounded HeartHome Free,” “For Such a Time as This

waynewatson.com/

 

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twilaparis

Twila Paris

The Warrior Is a Child,” “He is Exalted

www.twilaparis.com/

 

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172

 

sandi_patti

Sandi Patti

We Shall Behold Him,” “Via Dolorosa

http://sandipatty.com/

 

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125, 172, 173, 189, 213

 

stevegreen

Steve Green

People Need the Lord,” “Find us Faithful”

www.stevegreenministries.org/

 

 

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171

 

larnelleharris

Larnell Harris

“More than Wonderful” (with Sandi Patti)

www.larnelle.com/

 

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173

 

scchapman

Steven Curtis Chapman

More To This Life”,”“I Will Be Here,” “Higher Ways,” “When You are a Soldier

stevencurtischapman.com

 

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mullins

Rich Mullins

If I Stand,” “God is an Awesome God.”

http://www.myspace.com/richmullinsband

 

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170

 

dc_talk

DC Talk

"Jesus Freak," "So Help Me God," “Nu Thang,” “Luv is a Verb,” “Colored People”

ww.dctalk.com/

 

 

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danpeek

Dan Peek

This is for All the Lonely People

www.danpeek.com/

 

 

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147, 153

We miss you, Dan, but we’ll see you again.

audio_adrenaline

Audio Adrenaline

Big, Big House,” "Free Ride," "Secrets," “Never Gonna be as Big as Jesus,” “Walk on Water

www.audioa.com/default2.aspx

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oc_supertones

O.C. Supertones

"Unite," "Resolution," "Supertones Strike Back," “Louder than the Mob

http://www.ocsupertones.com/

 

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Great horn players

five_iron_frenzy

Five-Iron Frenzy

"Doxology/A Flowery Song," "The Greatest Story Ever Told," "The Canada Song"

http://fiveironfrenzy.com/

 

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bleach

Bleach

"Static," "Heartbeat," "Knocked Out,” “Super Good Feeling,” “Child of Sod,” “Electric Shoes”

http://www.bleachisalive.com

 

http://www.myspace.com/thebandformerly knownasmuffin

 

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Very nice guys, they used to tour around us a lot.

newsboys

Newsboys

“Shine,” “Take Me To Your Leader”

www.newsboys.com

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supercheck

Superchick

"One Girl Revolution," “Barlow Girls

http://www.superchickonline.com/

 

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switchfoot

Switchfoot

"Let That Be Enough," "Dare You to Move," “Learning to Breathe

http://www.switchfoot.com/

 

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If you are going to try this site at work, mute the speakers first.

caedmonscall

Caedmon’s Call

This World,” "Lead of Love," "Coming Home, "Standing Up For Nothing," “Center Aisle,” “Not the Land,” “Love Alone

http://www.caedmonscall.com/

 

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I’d tour with you guys for free - great stuff!

relientk

Relient K

"Pressing On," "Overthinking," "The Rest is Up to You," “Not my Pants”

http://relientk.com/

 

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mercyme

Mercy Me

I Can Only Imagine

http://mercyme.org/

 

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castingcrowns

Casting Crowns

East to West,” “Who am I”

http://castingcrowns.com/

 

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third_day

Third Day

Revelation,” “You Make Me Mad,” “Alien,” “Who I Am

http://thirdday.com/

 

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davidcrowderband

David Crowder Band

"How He Loves"

http://davidcrowderband.com/index7.php

 

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kirkfranklin

Kirk Franklin (and the Family)

 

http://www.kirkfranklin.com/

 

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mattredman

Matt Redman

"You Never Let Go"

http://www.mattredman.com/

 

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jeremycamp

Jeremy Camp

"Overcome"

http://jeremycamp.com/

 

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christomlin

Chris Tomlin

Jesus Messiah,” "Sing, Sing, Sing

http://christomlin.com/

 

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God bless each of you and please contact us if you have any corrections or other comments about this article. - Paul


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