Christian music lyrics pay respect to faith, spirituality
and a belief in Jesus Christ as savior. While there may be some
overlap, Christian music lyrics should not be confused with Black
gospel music lyrics, which is a whole different genre. Some
people do, however, say gospel music lyrics when referring to Christian
Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) is a genre that includes rock,
pop and worship and emerged in the 1970's as part of the hippie
Jesus movement at the time. While musically secular, Christian music
lyrics are decided faith-based and relevant to many followers.
Christian rock is a subset of CCM and in the 1970's many bands
challenged the fundamentalist belief that rock music was in some
way sinful or anti-Christian. Larry Norman was one such pioneer
who used a contemporary sound along with Christian music lyrics
to reach a younger audience of churchgoers who were looking for
relevance in faith an entertainment.
Christian music lyrics typically incorporate religious imagery
or scripture along with a faith-based message in the songs. Even
though CCM may have this imagery, they can also contain love
song lyrics just like many other genres of music. Mind Garage's
Electric Liturgy in 1970 is often cited as the first Christian
Lyrics from U2, Coldplay and The White Stripes, while not openly
CCM contain overt Christian thought and the bands have members who
are openly Christian. Christian music lyrics by Amy Grant and Debbie
Boone, who had the mega-hit You Light Up My Life in 1977
have propelled CCM to the forefront in the past 30 years.
Some bands who write Christian music lyrics have the expressed
goal of evangelism, hoping to attract new members to convert. These
bands may appear at Christian rock festivals around the country
or world or perform in smaller venues.
Another subset of CCM is Christian hardcore, where the music has
the edginess of a punk band, but the lyrics carry the message
of Jesus, worship and faith to the audience. The Christian hardcore
lyrics often reject worldly authority figures in favor of the
ultimate authority in God.