Music plays a huge part in many Christian church services. Singing songs is a beautiful and powerful way to focus our energy on our faith. Music is even mentioned in the Bible. “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (Colossians 3:16-17)
As a Christian Contemporary Musician, Brian Overton is passionate about expressing his faith through music. For those unfamiliar with what Christian contemporary music is, he shares some information about the genre and where it came from.
Music has long been a part of Christian worship in the form of hymns and gospel music. The contemporary genre began in the sixties and seventies as a result of the Jesus movement. During the middle of the 20th century, the church was largely opposed to modern music styles such as rock and roll, which were growing in popularity.
As newer styles became more mainstream, musicians from the Jesus movement began to combine contemporary music with religious messages, such as faith, devotion, prayer, worship, and more. This style appealed to younger audiences, as well as people who wouldn’t have otherwise been exposed to Christianity, and the genre grew in popularity.
Christian contemporary music encompasses many different genres within it, including rock, pop, punk, hip-hop, alternative, metal, and more.