Best of Christian Music 2016

Best of Christian Music 2016

 

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Christian music is music that has been written to express either personal or a communal belief regarding Christian life and faith. Common themes of Christian music include praise, worship, penitence, and lament, and its forms vary widely across the world.

Like other forms of music the creation, performance, significance, and even the definition of Christian music varies according to culture and social context. Christian music is composed and performed for many purposes, ranging from aesthetic pleasure, religious or ceremonial purposes, or with a positive message as an entertainment product for the marketplace.

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Highlights8

 
Lauren Daigle
 
bornSeptember 9, 1991
Hymns That Are Important to Us
 
Hymns That Are Important to Us is the seventh and final studio album by Joey + Rory.
 
Chris Tomlin
 
bornMay 4, 1972
 
Lecrae
 
bornOctober 9, 1979
Houston, Texas, U.S.

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Big Award Winner

Lauren Ashley Daigle (born September 9, 1991) is an American contemporary Christian music singer and songwriter from Lafayette, Louisiana. Daigle is signed to the Centricity Music label. Daigle was awarded the New Artist of the Year at the 2015 GMA Dove Awards; "How Can It Be" won the Song of the Year for the year.[1] Daigle's album, "How Can It Be," was nominated for a 2016 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album.

Top 10 Albums of 201610

Album Releases this Year185

Artists with New Releases162

Chart-Topping Artists79

Chart-Topping Albums67

Chart-Topping Songs131

#1 Radio Songs11

Top iTunes Songs9

Best Reviewed Albums19

Best Reviewed Artists20

Award Winners40

Top Albums by Award Winners11

Top Songs by Award Winners9

Up & Coming Artists of 20167

Top Albums by Up & Coming Artists of 201610

Top Songs by Up & Coming Artists of 20165

Artists on Tour121

Popular Music Festivals31

Popular Record Labels46

Videos27

Spotify - Featured Albums & Singles312

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Spotify - Featured Tracks143

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

News Articles27

Danny Harp to appear again in contemporary Christian concert
  –  February 16, 2017
Nothing.” His concert will include music that spans nearly 40 years of contemporary Christian music and will feature friends and musicians from the area. The concert is free to the public and starts 6 p.m. Sunday, March 5 at the Crossroads Christian ...
Shai Linne asks 4 questions about Chance The Rapper and the state of Christian music
  –  February 16, 2017
Chance The Rapper became a topic of discussion among numerous Christians this week after he performed "How Great Is Our God" at the 2017 Grammys, where his "gospel" mixtape Coloring Book earned him three awards. Chance's version of Christian hip hop, which ...
Jazz Trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah Melds Past, Present and Future
  –  February 15, 2017
This month is the hundredth anniversary of the first commercial jazz recordings, and the trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah is using ... at the Harlem Stage Gatehouse as part of his Stretch Music Festival. The event’s name comes from his term ...
Casting Crowns blends Christian music, ministry in Binghamton
  –  February 15, 2017
Casting Crowns started off small in 1999, just a Christian worship band for students in Daytona Beach led by vocalist and songwriter Mark Hall. They never planned to be one of Christian rock’s top acts, nor did they seek it out. But when their two indie ...
Making Music and Babies: Christian Singers Open Up About Motherhood
  –  February 14, 2017
For artists like Kari Jobe and Audrey Assad, family comes first, but that doesn’t mean their careers go away. What happens when you’re in the middle of living the dream… and another dream comes along? Jaci Velasquez had spent over half her life ...
Christian Artists, Kari Jobe and Audrey Assad, Talk About Balancing Motherhood and Their Music Careers
  –  February 13, 2017
What happens when you’re in the middle of living the dream… and another dream comes along? Jaci Velasquez had spent over half her life recording and performing Christian music by the time she gave birth to her first son a decade ago. “I remember ...
Musgrove Music Distribution Announces Release Of New Single ‘U Ah Mess’ by Christian Hip-Hop Duo, Kolour
  –  February 13, 2017
Musgrove Music Distribution is the “one-stop” “go-to” resource, fulfilling the needs of artists and organizations that don’t have access to the promotional power of a major record label. Kolour’s ‘U Ah Mess’ is the hot new single available ...
Weekly Register: Reba McEntire Tops Country, Christian/Gospel Albums Charts
  –  February 13, 2017
Her previous music journalism experience includes work with Country Weekly magazine, TasteofCountry.com and Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) magazine. She holds a BBA degree in Music Business and Marketing from Belmont University. She welcomes your ...
Christian Artists Joey and Rory Feek Win Grammy Award for Album Recorded Right before Joey's Death
  –  February 13, 2017
A number of Christian artists received awards during last evening ... The award was bittersweet for Rory Feek as his wife and music partner Joey passed away last March from cancer. She was 40. Rory shared that Joey really wanted to work on an album ...
Canadian Bernie Herms wins Grammy for best contemporary Christian song
  –  February 12, 2017
The London, Ont.-born and Edmonton-raised musician took home a golden gramophone for best contemporary Christian music performance or song for "Thy Will" by Hillary Scott and the Scott Family. Scott, who is a singer in Lady Antebellum, also won best ...
Hillary Scott and the Scott Family Win Best Contemporary Christian Music Album at 2017 Grammy Awards
  –  February 12, 2017
Hillary Scott & the Scott Family won Best Contemporary Christian Music Album at the 2017 Grammy Awards on Sunday (Feb. 12), for their album Love Remains. The honor was handed out during the Premiere Ceremony, which streamed online before the televised ...
Christian Hip Hop duo Kolour release new single “U Ah Mess”
  –  February 12, 2017
in conjunction with distributing giant Concore/Universal Music Distribution, announces the release of the new single, ‘U Ah Mess’, from Miami-based Christian Rap/Hip-Hop group, Kolour. ‘U Ah Mess’ is burning up the local airways and setting the ...
Christian Hip-Hop Artist Gets Music Censored!
  –  February 11, 2017
Popular hip-hop artist Sho Baraka has taken aim at Southern Baptist retailer LifeWay Christian Stores for dropping his album for including the word “penis,” a move that shows a... Popular hip-hop artist Sho Baraka has taken aim at Southern Baptist ...
Crowder blurs lines of typical Christian music
  –  February 11, 2017
Over the course of a career that includes 16 years fronting the David Crowder Band and two albums as a solo artist (released under the name Crowder), David Crowder has gained a reputation as one of the more musically adventurous artists within the ...
Christian music artist Crowder talks Winter Jam, the music industry
  –  February 10, 2017
Crowder (first name: David) never planned on going into the music industry. His dad owned an insurance agency and he was ready to take over the family business. But because he grew up learning about insurance, he wanted to “study something fun” when ...
From North Point Ministries to the Grammys, Christian singer Lauren Daigle is on a roll
  –  February 9, 2017
Not only is she nominated for best contemporary Christian music performance/song for “Trust in You” — the second nomination of her young career — but she will also serve as one of the hosts of the pre-show, now called the Premiere Ceremony ...
Interview: Christian Rijanto of Ismaya Group Talks the Music Industry in Asia
  –  February 8, 2017
While the US festival scene is one of the biggest party scenes in the world, over in Asia, things are still growing and expanding. Christian Rijanto is one of the biggest promoters out in Asia, and he's organized massive events like the Djakarta Warehouse ...
Christian music superstar puts city on farewell tour
  –  February 8, 2017
"If I were to do a last tour, this is what I would want it to look like." Well, Christian music superstar Sandi Patty is doing a last tour, including a performance at Canyon Hills Assembly of God Church on Feb. 23. On the road for about a year, Patty has ...
Louisiana Christian singer Lauren Daigle up for 2nd Grammy nomination
  –  February 8, 2017
She'll represent the state along with musicians like Roddie Romero, Kenny Neal and Lil Wayne, but she's doing so in a category not often associated with the region: Contemporary Christian music. Daigle, a 25-year-old native of Lake Charles who grew up in ...
Christian Collins Covers 'All Time Low' & It's Gorgeous
  –  February 7, 2017
Christian Collins (aka @WeeklyChris) is upping his music game with his latest cover of “All Time Low” by Jon Bellion. Yes, it’s short — because it’s a #15SecondsCover — which makes it’s easy to watch on repeat a million times, but it gives yo ...
Christian mega-concert Winter Jam to return to Augusta, Columbia
  –  February 7, 2017
Founding band NewSong considers Winter Jam "God's tour." The annual Christian music festival is back on the road, with stops planned in Augusta and Columbia. "The mega-event on wheels has become one of the gospel music world's largest annual tours ...
The Greenes to bring music ministry to First Advent Christian Church
  –  February 6, 2017
The First Advent Christian Church of Live Oak invites you to an evening of music and ministry with The Greenes on Sunday, Feb. 12 at 6 p.m. The Greenes are one of Southern Gospel Music’s finest trios, consisting of Tim Greene, Keith Skiles, and Daniel ...
Christian rock band Newsboys coming to civic center
  –  February 6, 2017
The group has been creating popular Christian music for more than two decades, and has sold more than eight million units, won eight gold certifications and had 33 No. 1 radio hits, plus received four Grammy notifications, two American Music Award ...
Pigeon John, the "Good Sinner," Looks Back at His Christian Hip-Hop Roots
  –  February 3, 2017
I was a kid with no money trying to enjoy some semblance of hip-hop while my mom banned secular rap music. I bought the album without thinking. Even though he was a Christian rapper, I found that Pigeon John lived through his music with a greater freedom ...
A loving challenge to Jon Foreman, Lecrae and all of Christian music's finest
  –  February 3, 2017
This was never about right vs. left, but rather right vs. wrong, in terms of natural theology vs. Christian orthodoxy. "We must realize that love is not the end of the matter. It [our approach to life and ministry] rests upon the character of God ...
We Love Christian Music Awards To Hold First-Ever Event Feb. 2
  –  January 30, 2017
The WE LOVE CHRISTIAN MUSIC AWARDS have had a fifth year for the record books, and its unprecedented momentum continues with the announcement of its first-ever live awards event, to be held Thursday, Feb. 2 at the JUCE TV studios in the Nashville area.
Contemporary Christian Music 101: Stream some of the genre’s best songs
  –  January 9, 2017
There are a lot of people who’d like to get into contemporary Christian music. Yet, many of them don’t know where to start. That’s understandable, given the genre isn’t widely discussed in mainstream media. Super Bowl Halftime Show: Lady Gaga ...

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