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by Wendy Lee Nentwig

May 9, 2014

Sentimental Songs for Moms & Dads

by Wendy Lee Nentwig  |  May 9, 2014

Christian music is all about family, so it's no surprise that there are plenty of songs that celebrate subjects relating to parenthood. One of the most recent bands to tackle the topic is Newsboys. The Grammy-nominated group pays homage to mothers everywhere with their 2014 single "That Home (A Tribute to Moms)." Originally recorded for their album Restart, the track is particularly meaningful for frontman Michael Tait, who lost his mother in 2013.

Dads who've penned tunes that brought tears to our eyes include Wayne Watson and his '80s classic "Watercolor Ponies," Steven Curtis Chapman with his heart-tugging "Cinderella," Bob Carlisle with daddy-daughter dance fave "Butterfly Kisses," and Michael W. Smith, whose "Emily" shares a name with one of his daughters. Meanwhile, Amy Grant celebrated the birth of a daughter with the MTV hit "Baby, Baby," and everyone from Michael Card to Nichole Nordeman has offered up lullabies to their newborns.

Others delve a little deeper. Nicole C. Mullen used her family's diversity to share a broader message of acceptance in "Black, White, Tan," while Mark Schultz applied his storytelling skills to the theme of adoption in "Everything to Me." Then there's the deeply personal song "Glory Baby" by husband-and-wife duo Watermark, a song for the baby they lost to a miscarriage. Not all parent-child relationships run smoothly, and singer-songwriter Justin McRoberts masterfully addresses his daddy issues in the song "Standing in His Place (Father)." The song is healing balm for anyone whose experiences in a dysfunctional family have left them struggling to accept the concept of a loving father.

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