There are many ways to worship God through song. Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints love holy music and are always looking to seek after anything that is lovely or of good report. However, in our daily lives it can be hard to find music that uplifts and inspires. Here are some mainstream Christian music artists that can help anyone looking for good music find something they like.
Originally formed as a band for a church’s youth ministry program, Hillsong United has numerous members and is known for their live concert albums. The group won the Billboard Music Award in 2015 for Top Christian Artist. Their song “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)” is one of their most popular and has been covered by multiple artists.
If you follow contemporary Christian music, you’ve already heard of MercyMe. Formed in 1994, the group has been topping the Christian charts for years. Their song “I Can Only Imagine” gained mainstream recognition as a crossover single. However, “Greater,” off their latest 2014 album, quickly became their most-viewed YouTube video of all time with over 19 million plays.
Britt Nicole’s music is pure inspiration. Often referencing difficult times, her songs are designed to keep you motivated. Her style ranges from upbeat pop tunes to deeply emotional and raw acoustics. “Gold,” a powerful video for youth about loving yourself and finding yourself worth, is her most popular YouTube video.
Anthem Lights is a group that found major popularity on YouTube. They are especially known for their clean covers of popular music, including fun medleys. Their most popular video is a “Best of 2012 Pop Mashup,” but right behind it is a hymns mashup that includes “How Great Thou Art” and “It Is Well.”
Lauren Daigle has a rich, deep sound and constantly works for adult and student ministries in Atlanta, Georgia. She was nominated for a Grammy in 2016 for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album. Her video for “Trust In You” has over 23 million views on YouTube.
Tenth Avenue North
With multiple No 1 albums on the Billboard Christian charts, Tenth Avenue brings an inspiring rock influence to Christian music. Their songs feel like anthems for the struggling and dishearted. “You Are More” from their 2010 album remains one of their most popular singles.
Sleeping at Last
Chances are you’ve heard Sleeping at Last, the musical project by Ryan O’Neal. His music has been featured on major motion picture soundtracks and television shows consistently since 2011. While O’Neal’s music isn’t in the Christian genre, much of his music references his faith and God while grappling with major life questions. His YouTube page doesn’t have many videos, but Spotify and other streaming sites are full of music.
NF is the stage name of Nate Feuerstein, a Christian rapper. His music is gritty, raw, and hard-hitting. His strong hip-hop and rap style is making waves with young audiences, as is his ability to tackle hard topics head on, including his own abuse and tragic childhood. A great example of this is his hit song “Wake Up,” a look at how we sleep through life without God.
Francesca Battistelli has been making Christian music since 2002 and has had multiple Grammy nominations for her work. She won her first Grammy in 2016 for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song for her single “Holy Spirit.” You can watch the video below.
David Crowder brings a folk spin to Christian music. He was the lead singer of the David Crowder Band, an award-winning Christian band, and now works as a solo artist. His most popular video is “Come As You Are,” a heartfelt plea to anyone who feels like they can’t approach Jesus.
Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a marketing and product manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and loves baking, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.