Most Surprising New Christian Music

By Leigh Harper, July 11, 2017

From bold proclamations of inner turmoil to electronic dance beats, Christian music took many twists and turns in the spring as several artists ventured away from their usual sounds and styles. Put on your headphones and be surprised.

“Identity”identity colton dixon

Colton Dixon
The Twist: Dixon is one of the first mainstream Christian artists to experiment with EDM music.
What to Expect: You’ll be dancing in your seat to upbeat, electronic sounds and spoken-word segments infused into Dixon’s alternative style.


“Starlight”bethel starlight

Bethel
The Twist: It’s the group’s first full- length album recorded live on tour.
What to Expect: The Bethel Music worship leaders deliver powerful songs for the church, teaming up with Grammy-award winner Francesca Battistelli.


“Out of the Dark”mandisa out of the dark

Mandisa
The Twist: A departure from her usual songs of praise, this gets deeply personal.
What to Expect: Mandisa told the Gospel Music Association the album is about her long struggle with depression.


“Trust”Jaci Velasquez Trust

Jaci Velasquez
The Twist: The bilingual, ’90s Christian-radio star returns with her first English album in five years, released simultaneously with her Spanish version of the album, “Confio.”
What to Expect: Velasquez’s first worship album is both heartwarming and moving, with six original songs as well as four favorites you’ll recognize.


“On My Side”kim walker-smith on my side

Kim Walker-Smith
The Twist: This is the Sacramento, California-based singer’s first studio- recorded album.
What to Expect: Known for live recordings of her powerhouse vocals and spontaneity in worship, Walker- Smith channels a more polished sound.

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