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Why does worship music always follow the industry and not lead it?

I came across these two albums recently.

Hillsong – The White Album and Jesus Culture – Reconstructed.

Can’t believe it seems like these bands have “sold out” or “just followed a trend” instead of creating one!

It seems from these albums that worship music is always BEHIND what the world is doing!

Take a listen here:

1) Hillsong – Oceans

2) Jesus Culture – Your love never fails

I really don’t like number two.  Almost hurtful to one’s ears. (haha)

Who knows maybe kids these days… like this music.  – Gosh, what happened to the taste of people 😉


Well, everyone to their own.  I see what the bands are trying to do.  Being RELEVANT and all.

But why always FOLLOW.


It’s like Christianity is always one step behind… does that make sense?

Mumford and Sons offered a sound…

then Chris Tomlin and even Matt Redman decided to copy the style… with songs like “this beating heart” and “lay me down.”


So this is a call, worship song writers, CREATE THE TRENDS.

let other artists, say… we want to do the SOUND that the church are creating!

Does this make sense?






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8 thoughts on “Why does worship music always follow the industry and not lead it?

  1. There are three issues to deal with:

    1) Christians have always been suspicious of new sounds. Only recently someone stood up in our church and said that drums were of the devil because they are the sound of violence.

    2) It takes a while for a new sound to gain traction. It requires a following who are loyal to you based on your previous work. Most Christian bands are barely making it financially, so it’s a big risk to bring change too quickly, which is also true of any kind of organisation.

    Take U2 for example – people complain that they lost the freshness of their early years, but then I read a leading music mag last week saying their new stuff sounds too much like their old stuff.

    3) It’s actually pretty tough to do something new in music. All of the chords have been used, unique phrases are harder and harder to find, and for every sequence of notes, another band has pretty much used that already.

    Out of interest, what is your musical preference?

    1. Hey eric, thanks for replying 🙂
      I appreciate your comments.
      Maybe the church needs to be brave and get creative? No need to be afraid of new sounds…
      I know doing “new” is hard because… there are only a certain number of chords.
      However… why is the world leading still?

      I also think albums like the White Album (Hillsong) and Reconstructed (Jesus Culture) are just MONEY MAKING ploys…
      and that saddens me even more… than following trends…

    2. Oh and I like the broad genre of rock and other good music. So I listen to spans… here is the first 20 that pop into my mind:
      1) twin forks
      2) taking back sunday
      3) dave matthews band
      4) the used
      5) anberlin
      6) goldfish
      7) freshly ground
      8) the almost
      9) relient k
      10) eminem
      11) shortstraw
      12) pearl jam
      13) kings of leon
      14) emery
      15) john mayer
      16) counting crows
      17) the classic crime
      18) incubus
      19) thrice
      20) lorde

    1. i don’t like to differentiate between Christian and “secular” … like the Hebrews believed “everything is spiritual.” I think as Christians people want to “box things in” too often.

      in the list… there is thrice, the classic crime, relient k, anberlin, the almost and emery. all are Christians.
      I also like dave crowder band and Paramore.

      1. I generally choose stuff that feeds my spirit. If everything is spiritual, and not just music, then it requires even more caution about what you listen to, or at least about what you open your heart to. Sometimes the Holy Spirit prompts me (even warning against “Christian” bands – I knew there was a problem with Clay Crosse well before he announced his addiction to porn), other times I have to look at the material evidence, or the stamp of approval from Christian radio stations who track these guys and their character.

        The whole dislike of the “Christian band” label is often because people don’t want “secular” bands to be judged. For me it’s more about establishing a safe zone for my spirit, just like we put age ratings on movies.

  2. I hear you man. I guess its just different approaches to following Jesus. Because with all the music I listen to I would let Jesus sit in the room with me. And we would discuss the stuff. Its pretty cool actually.

    1. The difference is between observing and receiving. I listen to ECR/5FM sometimes, but I only observe, and to a degree enjoy the music or the rhythm. If you listen analytically, a lot of it is spirit junk food. However, if you stay in complete ignorance of it, you might struggle to find a way to communicate with the modern man on the street. And that’s why “Christian bands” are trying to copy that sound, in order to talk a common language, and let the Gospel message be the deciding factor, rather than the clash of music preferences.

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