"The room grew still/As she made her way to Jesus/She stumbles through the tears that made her blind/She felt such pain..."
Fact: After an 11-year hiatus, CeCe recently released an album with her brother, BeBe.
"Fire in the field/Underneath a blazing sun/But soon the sun was faded/And freedom was a song..."
Fact: Amy was one of the first Christian artists to cross over from the Christian market into the mainstream market. "Heart in Motion" anyone?
"Surrounded by your glory/What will my heart feel/Will I dance for you Jesus/Or in awe of you be still..."
Fact: This song was written after an intense time of pain. Frontman Bart Millard had just lost his father to cancer.
"I was so unique/Now I feel skin-deep/Count on the make-up/To cover it all..."
Fact: Bethany's first album was the highest selling female solo debut in 1994. She was also nominated for 2 Dove Awards, the Christian version of the Grammys.
"Looked down from a broken sky/Traced out by the city lights/My world from a mile high/Best seat in the house tonight..."
Fact: Brandon Heath added another highlight to his career with his first American Music Awards nomination. Heath will vie for the title of Favorite Artist in the Contemporary Inspirational category at the 37th AMA Awards, set for live broadcast Sunday, November 22, 2009.
"You are the strength that keeps me walking/You are the hope that keeps me trusting/You are the light to my soul/You are my purpose..."
Fact: Though not considered a "Christian" band, many of Lifehouse's songs contain spiritual themes and overtones. In addition to this, many contemporary worship services have incorporated their music into their gatherings.
"Now I can see you I'm no longer ashamed/Your power I feel see our lives have exchanged/Every wrong is erased, Jesus..."
Fact: Kirk Franklin is one of the few gospel artists to enjoy appeal within the general market as well as within the traditional CCM market.
"Telling Layla's story spoken/Bout' how all her bones are broken/Hammers fall on all the pieces/Two months in the cover creases..."
Fact: Flyleaf's self-titled debut album went platinum. They are poised to release their sophomore effort Memento Mori later this year.
"I can't deny it burns me up inside/I fan the flames to melt away my pride/Do I want shelter from the rain/Or the rain to wash me away?..."
Fact: The members of Jars of Clay met in the 90's while attending Greenville College.
"You are the life to my heart and my soul/You are the light to the darkness around me/You are the hope to the hopeless and broken/You are the only truth and the way..."
Fact: Kari Jobe has a degree in psychology...and pastoral studies.
"Please lay down your arrows/For they're sure to pierce the skin/And water from a broken well/Will make you thirst again..."
Fact: Jimmy Needham's wife made a brief cameo in the video for his song, "Firefly."
"Shortfalls and little sins/Close calls and no one wins/Stand tall but running thin/I'm wearing thin..."
Fact: Lead vocalist Bear Rinehart used to play wide receiver for the Furman University Paladins.
"Like calm comes to a sea/Like snowfall quietly/You come to me..."
Fact: David Crowder*Band recently released an album titled, "Church Music." The title track "Church Music [Dance!]" is a disco song.
"I don't want to leave here/I don't want to stay/It feels like pinching to me either way/The places I long for the most..."
Fact: Sara Groves was featured in the documentary film, "Just Showed Up For My Life," which follows her to war-torn Rwanda and Katrina-devastated New Orleans.
"Separated, I cut myself clean/From a past that comes back in my darkest of dreams/Been apprehended by a spiritual force/And a grace that replaced all the me I've divorced..."
Fact: dcTalk has been on "hiatus" since 2000. All three members have since dabbled in solo careers, TobyMac being the most successful of the trio.
"Hear now this declaration from out across the nations/We need to wake up and understand/Many hurting hearts are crying but our voices seem to be dying/Can you see the battle raging on..."
Fact: Jeremy Camp's first wife died of ovarian cancer when he was 23 and she was 21. He married again, this time to Adrienne Liesching, lead singer of The Benjamin Gate.
"She spins and she sways/To whatever song plays/Without a care in the world/And I'm sitting here wearing the weight of the world on my shoulders..."
Fact: Steven Curtis Chapman recently lost his daughter in a terrible accident. This song had been written for her.
"Hello, good morning, how you do?/What makes your rising sun so new?/I could use a fresh beginning too/All of my regrets are nothing new..."
Fact: Jon Foreman, lead singer of Switchfoot is a busy man. In addition to his side project, Fiction Family, he has released several solo EPs, and took time to write a majority of the songs featured in the film, "A Walk To Remember."
"Just wanna praise You/You broke the chains/Now I can lift my hands/And I'm gonna praise You..."
Fact: Mary Mary's first album went platinum. They have also won two Grammy awards.
"Why, why are You still here with me/Didn't You see what I've done?/In my shame I want to run and hide myself/But it's here I see the truth..."
Fact: Superchick released a song about the sisters in Barlowgirl. Subsequently, the girls were inspired to start a band of their own.
"Here I am humbled by the love that you give/Forgiven so that I can forgive/Here I stand, knowing that I'm your desire/Sanctified by glory and fire..."
Fact: Delirious, who's members recently retired, is easily considered one of the pioneers in the genre known as "worship music," laying the groundwork for such acts as Hillsong, Hillsong United, Jesus Culture, and Passion.
"Oh I won't be afraid of the arrows by day/From the hand of my enemy/I can stand my ground with the Lord on my side/For the snares they have set will not succeed..."
Fact: Fred Hammond originally gained notoriety playing guitar for the Winans and as a member of the group, Commissioned.
"I got a hankerin' for somethin' special/Tonight's the night it becomes official/Don't stop the rock, put both your hands up/Sh-sh-show these people how to shake things up..."
Fact: The video for "Live Life Loud" features the band members battling it out with a bunch of senior citizens.
"Well, sometimes my life/Just don't make sense at all/When the mountains look so big/And my faith just seems so small..."
Fact: Before his untimely death, Rich Mullins wrote some classic Christian standards, such as "Awesome God" and "Step By Step."
"Call on me and I'll be there for you/I'm a friend who always will be true/And I love you can't you see..."
Fact: Stryper recently wrapped up their 25th Anniversary Reunion tour. Some people NEVER stop.