Christian electronic music, also called CEDM, Christian EDM, Christian dance music, CDM, or Christian dance music is an increasingly popular genre of modern electronic dance music that draws its influence from several different Christian backgrounds such as Reggae, Christian hip hop, and dance, and Christian classical music. Christian electronic music often crosses cultural and age boundaries, blending different Christian genres with various styles of music such as reggae, techno, pop, and classical electronica. Christian electronic music artists also draw on influences from different musical backgrounds such as Christian rap, rock, metal, folk, jazz, and classical. In the USA, Christian electronic music has grown in popularity since the mid-2000s, with a large number of Christian dance artists and Christian recording artists like Curtains, Skye, Mike Cushman, Amy Winehouse, Kiko Enuma, and Curt Young all producing Christian-themed music.
One of the most popular subgenres of Christian electronic music is Christian rock. This style is closely related to Reggae, but features a unique sound and a slightly different lyrical theme, focusing more on spiritual messages than the reggae singer’s usual subjects. Some of the best-known Christian rock songs include “I Worship God”, by Don Williams; “Bible Believer”, by Faithless; “I Am a Child”, by Tim Rice; and “Halleluiah”, by Randy Whitlock. Other well-known Christian rock songs include “Amazing Grace”, by Billy Joel; and “The Greatest Truth”, by Larry Norman.
Christian dance styles are also growing in popularity. The most famous styles in this category are Jazz, Trip Hop, and No Limit. Some of the most popular Christian songs that feature these genres include “Thank You Lord” by Don Williams; “Love is in the air”, by Luther Vandross; “Hear Me Church”, by Pam Tillis; “I am Not God”, by Larry Norman; and “Waltz for Jesus”, by Communities of God.
Christian rock has grown in popularity as well, despite its slightly different genre than traditional Christian worship music. Among the most popular Christian rock bands are Simple Things, Reach for the sky, Thrift Shop, and Liturgy. Christian rap is also very popular. Artists like Chris Scott and Young Buck are making Christian rap music that is unlike anything else. Most Christian rap songs deal with themes of love, spirituality, fear, and a person’s search for understanding of the Christian faith.
Christian hip hop is also thriving as a separate subgenre of Christian electronic music. This genre features many rap songs about life and spirituality that Christian teenagers are fond of. Most of these songs deal with themes such as spiritual warfare and the need for a person to remain positive. Rap music is a popular genre that Christian churches are using in their youth groups for speaking and teaching young people about their faith. Many Christian rap songs are being used at youth prayer sessions and meetings as well.
Christian folk music is another growing sub-genre of Christian electronic music. Some examples of this type of music include “Let It Grow” by The Mountain Church, “Thank You Lord” by Theophilusondon, “Not Your Father’s Son” by Randy Popperman, and “Halleluiah” by Tim Convey. Hip hop artists like Mos Def and Rakim have become well known for creating Christian-themed music. Christian rap songs are also very popular with many Christians.
Another choice for Christian electronic music that many Christians prefer is Christian dance music. This is especially true of those who prefer Christian trance music to other types of Christian music out there. These songs usually are very uplifting and talk about the need to find hope and trust in God. The guitar can be an instrument that helps people reach this point. Common songs available are “Wake Me Up” by Brandi Carlisle, “Wanted Dead Or Alive” by Kaleem Gain, and “I am a Rock” by Collective Black Sky.
Christian rap songs are also popular. Some artists popular for this genre are albums by Al Grell, Young Jigga, and CeeCee Strum Band. Gospel songs that Christian dance artists enjoy listening to are “Waltz for Jesus” by Reach for Heaven, “Hymn to the World” by The Handmaids, and “You Got Served” by The Revivalists. Christian rock is becoming more popular as well. Artists include Therapy, Father & Son, and No Doubt.