You’d think picking a list of our ten favorite new artists would be a cinch, but 2001 saw an unusually high number of talented artist debuts. After picking our favorites, there were still five more we wished we could have included. This is surely an indication that the Christian music industry isn’t hurting for new talent! It’s our pleasure to share with you some of the fresh new faces in Christian music — why we love them and how we think they’ll grow in years to come. The artists are listed in no particular order, and clicking on their image will take you to the original album review.
You have to like Matt's personable and humble attitude at his newfound success as a recording artist — "Who me? A rock star?" It's this humility and his heart for God that make him perfectly suited to lead worship, and because he's been doing so for years at his home church's growing modern worship service, he's a proven grassroots artist as well. His debut album, Imagerical, is packed with superbly produced, radio-friendly singles that feel just as fitting for the local youth-led worship service. Though his songs often fit the typical Christian pop mold, Matt's fresh sound and production is engaging and memorable. A gifted worship songwriter, Matt could easily become another Michael W. Smith or Matt Redman in the years to come.
In the hardcore music scene, bands stereotypically scream the vocals unintelligibly at the top of their lungs while recycling the same roaring guitar and drum patterns throughout the entire CD. Thankfully, East West came along this year to prove a hard-rock album doesn't have to stick with that ...1