Christian Artists on the Rise
Sure, there's plenty of great new music from established Christian acts, but if you're looking for something really fresh, here are a few up-and-comers we can't get enough of lately. At the top of the list is For King & Country, Australian-born brothers who grew up in the industry watching their big sister Rebecca St. James conquer the Christian music market. Their sound is much broader and their live show is a must; start by listening to their 2012 debut, Crave. Citizen Way are another band already making a name for themselves in 2013. Comprised of two pairs of brothers (are you sensing a theme here?), these honest rockers deliver hook-heavy tunes that border on worship.
Siblings aren't a necessity to make this list, though. Josh Wilson's understated instrumentation and authentic storytelling on Carry Me prove there's still a place in our Lady Gaga world for simple singer-songwriters. Not that there's anything really "simple" about this music. Florida boys All Things New create a sound that seems like it's from a much more seasoned band. For their debut, they created a contemporary pop rock album that is polished … but not too perfect.
Representing the fairer sex is Jamie Grace, a fresh new voice that TobyMac discovered online. The Atlanta-based artist melds hip-hop and pop for a funky but squeaky-clean Christian mix. Meanwhile, Jenny Simmons isn't exactly new, but her gig as a solo act is: Formerly the frontwoman for Addison Road, she shines even brighter when not sharing the spotlight.
Meanwhile, labelmates Love & The Outcome and Everfound have released their first singles. The former is a harmonious husband-and-wife duo, while the latter is made up of four Russian brothers who relocated to Colorado a decade ago. Check them out now and beat the rush.