Have you worn out your Chris Tomlin CD and looking for some new Christian music to listen to?
Are you searching for a new sound of worship?
If you bypass the top 100 Christian artists list and begin searching the internet, you can find some true treasures in unexpected places.
Here are 10 current Christian artists you probably have never listened to, but should.
These 10 amazing Christian artists aren’t mainstream Christian music, but will inspire you by their heartfelt melodies and devotion to glorifying God through their music.
1. Ginny Owens
It’s been a while since Ginny Owens’ name has been mentioned in the mainstream Christian artist scene. She is still producing meaningful music and being an inspiration to so many, as she sings and plays the piano beautifully, despite being blind since she was 3 years old.
Her latest singles, “Magnified,” “Echo,” and “Stand with Me,” show an evolution of her sound, while retaining her warm, inviting tone.
Her genre has been folk meets pop, but has swung more in the direction of pop. Her music is filled with hope and encouragement for believers to be strong and not give up, no matter what sort of obstacles they are up against.
2. Beckah Shae
Beckah has managed to be successful in her music career through an unorthodox avenue. She formed an independent record company with her husband when they got married in 2005. She is an incredibly prolific and versatile artist, creating over 13 music projects in varying styles.
Her latest CD, “Mighty,” has a powerful, energetic sound to it. She melds pop, gospel, ska, and jazz. Each song is upbeat and filled with an uplifting message of the strength and power we have from God.
This “collective of young artists” produces experimental indie-pop music for the purpose of glorifying God and bringing a sense of unity to the church worldwide. Following this vision, they mix many genres of music from various cultures, including influences from India, Africa, hip-hop, soul, and worship music.
Their latest album, “Wake Up,” is diverse in the style and tone of each song. The message throughout is one of revival. It is an aesthetic delight to listen to, and it is sure to awaken your spirit with a desire to know God more.
Using modern sounds, including dubstep, electro pop, as well as some R&B and hip-hop influences, Elevation Rhythm creates unique worship music with a successful melding of the genres.
Their new singles, “Reality,” “Wild Love,” “Never Walk Away,” and “Everything” captures the message of God’s love and salvation in a way that is accessible and sonically appealing.
5. J. J. Heller
J.J. Heller focuses her soft, soothing music on speaking words of encouragement and hope to people. Her newest album, “I Dream of You Vol. II,” focuses on feel-good music done in a simple style.
She releases a new song each month, which is reflective and honest. Her music doesn’t fit the mold of being “Christian,” in that it is not all explicitly talking about God. However, she uses her music to try to reach out to others with messages of hope and speaking from her own life experience, which she uses to shine a light on her walk with God.
6. The Walls Group
This gospel group from Texas is comprised of four siblings who harmonize together to perfection. They were nominated for multiple Grammy awards.
Their newest single, “Friend in Me,” is an uplifting, upbeat treat to listen to.
Their latest album, “The Other Side” (2017), is full of ballads, soulful melodies, and some rap which will remind Christians of God’s worthiness to be worshipped, as well as His steadfast presence in times of need.
Matthew Smith uses old hymns which have been forgotten in the Christian tradition, setting them to a more modern worship style. He dusts them off and gives them a crisp, new melody which inspires Christians to worship.
From his website, “Matthew uses hymns to help churches guide their people into emotionally honest worship, so they can become fully alive, wholehearted worshipers of the living God.”
His album, “QuietHymns,” offers simple, beautiful melodies set against a background of enchanting soundscape.
Michael Neale has been a longtime worship leader and songwriter, but has more recently released albums of his own music.
His latest album, “Foundation,” has a triumphant and upbeat feel to it, celebrating God’s power. Michael’s tone cuts through a rock-infused worship style to create a sound that is familiar to those who listen to Christian mainstream worship music.
9. Sarah Kroger
Sarah has continued a legacy in Christian music, becoming a worship leader just like her parents were. Sarah’s music is warm, inviting, beautiful, and deeply worshipful.
From her website, “Sarah’s passion is to create a safe and prayerful space through her music in which people can encounter the heart of God in a profound way.”
Her newest album, “Bloom,” is haunting and able to transport the listener. It draws the listener into worship, focusing on God’s glory and expressing an undying devotion to Him.
Brackin and Lindsay Kirkland, together with their children on occasion, create amazing, unique folk-sounding worship music. Their vision is to, “inspire the wandering mind to focus on our Creator and walk in the light of His son Jesus.”
Brackin brings his multi-instrumental talents and Lindsay brings her warm, on-pitch and pleasantly toned voice. They have several types of albums for differing tastes and ages, available to listen to through YouTube and on their website.