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Christian Radio Sues Over Disparity in Streaming Costs
Discrimination case claims that noncommercial religious broadcasters are paying far more than fellow stations to cover royalties for music played online.
Died: Sandra Crouch, Gospel Artist Who Broke with Church to Get Ordained
She won a Grammy for “We Sing Praises,” collaborated with her brother Andraé on “Jesus Is the Answer,” and worked with everyone from Billy Graham to Michael Jackson.
Died: Michael Knott, Christian Alternative Musician Who Helped Launch Tooth & Nail
Knott wrote rock operas, sang with honesty and conviction, called out hypocrites, and bucked the norms of the Christian music industry.
Sing Holy Forever … or Until TikTok Pulls the Audio
What Universal Music Group’s catalog removal means for our favorites from Hillsong, Kari Jobe, Chris Tomlin, and more.
The Middle East’s Favorite Christmas Carol Is About War and Hate
Traditional melody suggests it is only when Christians realize the holiday comes with “hard realities” that the spirit of Nativity dwells in their hearts.
Company that Trademarked ‘Worship Leader’ Makes Others Drop the Term
Popular meme accounts lose social media pages after being reported by Authentic Media, which says it coined the phrase.
Died: Jack Hayford, Pentecostal Pastor Who Wrote ‘Majesty’
Foursquare leader put emphasis on praise and penned the most popular church song of the 1990s.
What Language Is This? Coptic Comes to Christmas
A new song highlights a growing interest outside the Egyptian church in reviving an ancient language of the Christian world.
Alexander Hamilton Raps His Way to Jesus at Texas Church
Unlicensed production prompts cease-and-desist letter from Broadway musical.
Died: Harry Thomas, Cofounder of Creation Festival and Child Rapist
He died in prison serving an 18-year sentence for sexually assaulting four girls.
After Raising a Hallelujah, Bethel Music CEO Leaves Redding
Joel Taylor, who directed the popular label since the beginning, has resigned.
Died: Gospel Singer LaShun Pace, Who Praised God from 1970s Revivals to 2020s TikTok
She sang through betrayal, divorce, and death.
Katy Perry’s ‘Dark Horse’ Prevails Over Christian Rapper’s Lawsuit
UPDATE: The pop star and her team no longer have to pay $2.8 million in damages in the copyright case.
Pandemic Streaming Inspires New Filipino Christian Music Label
A division of Sony Philippines, Waterwalk Records is crossing genre and denominational lines to bring inspirational songs to the online masses.
Big Daddy Weave Bassist Jay Weaver Dies at 42
Weaver, who lost both his legs in 2016, spoke and sung of God’s faithfulness during two decades of health struggles.
How Colleges Are Specializing Training for the Next Generation of Worship Leaders
More Christian music programs are accommodating students who want to play sanctuaries rather than concert halls.
Died: B.J. Thomas, Born-Again Singer Who Clashed with Evangelical Fans
Popular artist professed Jesus and earned five gospel Grammys before turning back to secular music.
Died: Carman, Christian Showman Who Topped Charts with Triumphant Faith
Singer of “Satan, Bite the Dust!” and “R.I.O.T. (Righteous Invasion of Truth)” believed in the power of celebrity and spectacle to draw people to Jesus.
The Trinity Is Missing from Christian Worship Music
While churches praise God from whom all blessings flow, they don't praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
‘The Blessing’ Sung Around the World: 100 Virtual Choirs Spread Worship Anthem
How a familiar Old Testament benediction became a viral hit during the pandemic.

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Forrest Frank Is Making the Internet’s Vibiest Christian Music
Forrest Frank Is Making the Internet’s Vibiest Christian Music
His upbeat hits and worship collaborations are capturing younger listeners on social media.

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