Christian Electronic Music, also called CEDM, Christian EDM, Christian dance music, CDM, or Christian dance music is a style of electronic music characterized by its use of synthesizers and keyboards, as well as drum beats. It’s generally considered to be the more “popular” of the genres of Christian music, though it’s growing in popularity within the Christian community as well as beyond. The style of Christian Electronic Music is what is most commonly known within the Christian community – and for good reason – as it is the most easily recognized, and therefore easily defined, by those outside of the faith. In recent years, Christian Electronic Music has grown into a large industry, with artists ranging from Christian rappers such as Eminem to pop stars like Kelly Clarkson and Chris Brown employing Christian elements in their music (and vice-versa).
Christian Electronic Music has come of age with the advent of modern technology. It has found its way onto the world stage, making itself heard in the very homes where gospel music and other traditional Christian genres once roamed freely. This evolution can be traced back to the rise of the iPod, which made Christian songs more readily available for the general public. It has only been a short time since that the genre has exploded into the mainstream, with radio stations across the country beginning Christian radio stations and Christian musical acts performing on popular daytime talk shows.
The growth of this sub-genre has also seen the rise of a number of Christian artists who have emerged as crossover stars in the Christian world. Artists such as Faithless, whose leader is Rob Bell, have made Christian albums selling like crazy. Others such as Disclosure, OK Go, and Team Radio have expanded their Christian radio fan base through their mainstream breakthroughs on the Christian charts. As Christian Electronic Music continues to blossom, we will see this sub-genre take Christian icons and Christian iconsography and mold them into Christian audio tracks. Some artists, though, are already doing this; such artists as Disclosure, who has taken “Don’t Play” from Nine Inch Nails and turned it into a Top 40 hit.
Other Christian dance music artists are also beginning to crossover with Christian Electronic Music artists. One of these crossover musicians is Saviors With Christian Dance, who have released an album entitled Saviors: Reunion. Christian dance music artists have long had a strong connection to Christian Dance Music. In fact, Christian dance music was one of the first genres to incorporate the blues and Christian musical influences that have become a major part of Christian Electronic Music. And yet, now some cedm artists are starting to give Christian dance music a huge overhaul.
With the new wave of contemporary christian music artists, we are seeing many more Christian rappers and singers coming out on Christian rap songs. Many Christian hip hop artists have been influenced by this style. This new Christian rap music often includes hymns and Christian songs. Other artists are also giving Christian songs a more hip hop sound. This style of Christian music seems to be especially popular with contemporary Christian parents. Many parents are listening to Christian rap songs and Christian dance music to inspire their children’s faith.
Another way that contemporary Christian electronic dance music is influencing our future Christian hip hop and Christian rap songs is in the lyrics. Many Christian cedm artists are writing positive lyrics and delivering them to Christian audiences. A good example is Saviors With Christian Dance, which features lyrics of hope and Christian love. The artists’ powerful lyrics and Christian love for one another is what make these cedm artists popular.
We must continue to watch these cedm artists like Saviors With Christian Dance,ibles, and CeeCee Smalley feat. Sky – for they continue to pave a different way for Christian music. The styles and themes of each genre are different but they are all paving the same way – to influence our children in the right way through music. Christian hip hop and Christian rap have now become two separate subgenres of Christian music, but they will always be one in the same.
Christian music artists such as Saviors With Christian Dance,ibles, and CeeCee Smalley feat. Sky have been paving a new way for Christian music to come into the forefront and impact the minds and hearts of Christian listeners around the world. Christian hip hop and Christian rap are just beginning to catch on. These artists are showing Christian youth and Christian teenagers that it is possible to incorporate Christian songs into their lives and Christian lifestyles. They are influencing younger Christians to explore their Christian niche and Christian musical genres.