- Jesus music
Infobox Music genre
folk music folk rock
Jesus music, known as gospel beat music in the
United Kingdom, is a style of Christian musicwhich originated on the West Coast of the United Statesin the late 1960sand early 1970s. This musical genre developed within the Jesus movementbefore the Christian music industryhad developed.
Jesus music primarily began in
southern Californiawhen hippiestreet musicians converted to Christianity. These musicians continued playing the same styles of music, though they infused their lyrics with a Christianmessage. Many bands developed out of this, and some became leaders within the Jesus movement, most notably Barry McGuire, Love Song, Second Chapter of Acts, Larry Norman, Randy Matthews, Andraé Crouch (and the Disciples), The Archers and, later, Keith Green.
Contemporaneous with the Jesus movement, from 1967 to 1970, on the
East Coast of the United States, the first documented Christian Rock band, Mind Garage, was taking rock music with Christian lyrics into church. In the UK, Malcolm and Alwynwere the most notable agents of the gospel beat.
Much of the music was a blend of
folk musicand folk rock( Children of the Day, Paul Clark, John Fischer, Nancy Honeytree, Mark Heard). However, Jesus music also encompassed soft rock( Phil Keaggy, Randy Stonehill, Pat Terry), R&B (Andraé Crouch (and the Disciples)), Soul music, Jazz fusion( Sweet Comfort Band), country rockor California rock (The Way, Daniel Amos, Mustard Seed Faith, The Talbot Brothers), hard rock( Resurrection Band, Agape, Servant, Petra, The All Saved Freak Band).
American churches largely rejected these artists at the time. By 1973, Jesus music was receiving enough attention inside the mainstream media that an industry began to emerge. By the mid
1970s, the phrase " contemporary Christian music" had been coined.
JPUSA is a ministry and commune on the North Side of Chicago. One of the first influences was Cornerstone magazine. In the early
1980s, they spawned the Cornerstone, the USA's largest Christian alternative music festivalwith about 25,000 attendees annually. They also founded Grrr Recordsas an outlet for the community's alternative music acts. Jim Palosaariwas one of Britain's influential Jesus people and the founder of the group JPUSA and Servant's Highway Ministries, Greenbelt festivalin England, the largest Christian rock festival in the world.
2007, most of these artists are either retired, are completely independent from the larger industry, or have entered the ministry as pastors or music ministers. Only a handful remain active within the Contemporary Christian musicmarket. Some are still recording but releasing their music independently.
A few, notable "Jesus music" performers included:
The All Saved Freak Band
Children of the Day
* Children of the Light
* Paul Clark
* Andraé Crouch (and the Disciples)
* John Fischer
* Tom Howard
* Jubal's Last Band
* Love Song
Malcolm and Alwyn
* The Road Home
2nd Chapter of Actsand a band called David
Salvation Air Force
The Talbot Brothers( John Michael Talbotand Terry Talbot)
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