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Asked if he would want to do cross-over Christian music ,Toby Mac has been quoted as saying,that he wouldn’t do cross-over music unless he could bring “the cross” over.
- However,”Skillet’s view falls in line with other rock groups—Switchfoot, Flyleaf, P.O.D.—that want to steer clear of the Christian label for fear of being branded.
These bands may consist of members who are Christian, sing from that worldview and maybe even were at one time on a Christian label, but don’t have their music proclaim Jesus blatantly.
- TobyMac and Lecrae take a different tact, keeping Jesus in the forefront of many of their songs. Yet, they still garner secular attention and success that now rivals Christian rock bands as the hip-hop genre continues to grow.
“Art is about expressing what is in your heart, what you love and what you struggle with. The things I’m going through can’t be that different from anyone else,” TobyMac says. “But faith plays a big role in my life, big enough to sing about it. It is not on every song, but every song is from that perspective. There are definitely people out there that don’t want any part of it, but they haven’t even listened to the music.”
- But they’re listening now. With so much Christian music on the charts, it’s no longer a style, but simply a lyrical perspective. You can even rap about that.”
There’s a whole lot of Jesus running through Americans’ earbuds, at least according to the latest Billboard and iTunes numbers. In back-to-back weeks Christian artists TobyMac and Lecrae released new albums that made even mainstream artists listen up as they both stormed up the charts.
Earlier this month TobyMac jumped to the top of the Billboard Top 200 chart with Eye On It, the first Christian album to reach the No. 1 spot since Bob Carlisle’s Adult Contemporary hit Butterfly Kisses 15 years ago. But TobyMac isn’t exactly AC. His blend of rock/pop/hip-hop—“schizophrenic pop” he jokes to TIME—is a new sound to reach such levels of success: an overtly Christian artist who sings, talks and raps about Jesus.
And if you want to hear something else as different from Christian AC as you can get, then take Lecrae, a hip-hop artist debuting at No. 3 on this week’s Billboard…
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