Jesus climbs the charts

The business of contemporary Christian music

"We weren’t really sure what to do,” Daniel Davison said, after his entire rap-metal band Luti-Kriss got “saved” at an Assemblies of God revival service. “But we figured we should stop cussing so much in our songs. And . . . maybe we can write songs about God!” Inexplicably, the group changed its name to Norma Jean and by this August they were on the cover of HM magazine, the Christian music industry’s premiere publication covering hard rock artists.

Such bands are a dime a dozen these days, though they cost a bit more than that to book. At one time, the Christian rock scene was a cultural ghetto, frequently ridiculed and easily avoided. But now Christian rock is big and loud; it’ll shake your windows and rattle your walls.


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