The Top Christian Music Stars
Click through our gallery to meet today's top gospel, Christian Contemporary and Christian rock artists.
By Dena Ross
Christian music is a vast genre that encompasses many different artists and sounds--from traditional black gospel to religious rock, spiritual pop, and R&B. Although most Christian artists are relegated to Christian radio and bookstores, a select few make the crossover to the secular music mainstream. According to Nielsen SoundScan, the Christian/gospel category was one of only four genres that saw its overall album sales grow last year, proving that many artists of faith not only have an impact on other Christians, but also on music lovers everywhere. The 14 artists we profile here represent the most popular sounds in Christian music and demonstrate an ability to create music that people of all walks of life appreciate. They are also role models for Christians everywhere, as they live their values by spreading the gospel and getting involved with humanitarian work.
**Read interviews with the artists profiled at the end of the gallery.