Category Archives: Music
An appreciation of the autobiography of one of my favorite singers.
“How Far Is It To Bethlehem,” in light of a couple’s infertility.
The idea that Christian Contemporary music is only sappy, sentimental, superficial songs is simply untrue.
A memoir that casts the struggle of being the outsider as the test of true Christian faithfulness.
How online commenters responded to the idea of saving sex for marriage.
Whenever I write about the worldview of a cultural icon or a cultural artifact, I brace myself for the comment streams and Facebook conversations.
According to Jesus, salvation is not about finding yourself, but losing yourself in order to find yourself in Him.
20 years later, I’m revisiting “Jesus Freak.” Here is what has surprised me.
I just can’t get enough of Andrew Peterson’s new song about Nashville – “Everybody’s Got a Song.”
Since 1997, Selah has been a mainstay in Christian music. The original trio was comprised of brother and sister Todd and Nicol Smith, and their friend Allan Hall. Nicol married and left the group in 2004, and Amy Perry joined a few years later.
The trio has sold more than 4 million albums and singles, and garnered seven Dove Awards. Despite their previous accomplishments, their most recent album, You Amaze Us, has achieved unprecedented success.
Recently, I sat down with Todd, Allan and Amy to ask them about their history, their songs, and why theology is such an important aspect of music.
Trevin: You’ve been together 17 years. What is the secret to longevity in the Christian music industry?
Allan: Every artist has a different story. For us, it comes back to our common heart and a common passion.
Amy: We get asked by other groups, “Do you guys fight a lot? Do you have trouble picking who sings what lead?” and we always say, “No.” In fact, we are so conscious of that kind of thing that we’ll say things like, “I feel like I’ve been singing a lot of leads lately, do you have enough?”
There’s still a brother-sister feel to this group, even though Nicol isn’t with the band anymore and I’m not actually the sister. We still have a unified heart as worshipers.
We know why we are called to do this. It’s ministry. We didn’t pick “You Amaze Us” because we thought it would be a number one hit. We picked it because it resonated with us and …