Worship is the new pop. The world is being brought to Jesus by artists and singers, but we’re not talking about Hillsong, Bethel or Chris Tomlin. Rather, multiple surprising artists have been leading, not only the church, but also the world into worshiping God during the past year in surprising ways and places. Here are a few of the many artists who are lifting up the name of Jesus and leading the world into worship.
1. Kanye West
Although intended to be strictly musical services, Kanye’s Sunday Services have on occasion welcomed words of encouragement, including a very gospel-centered message by Rich Wilkerson at one event. Kanye has hosted the Sunday Services in a different location every week, including Coachella. To top it off, Kanye announced that starting with his latest album, Jesus Is King, he will no longer make secular music. Only gospel music from now on.
2. Justin Bieber
Bieber has been making major life changes for the past several years, and it has certainly been reflected in his music. From leading worship at Coachella to singing worship songs during his own concerts to leading a worship set at a church in Los Angeles, Bieber has been using his talent to bring glory to God in powerful ways.
3. Avril Lavigne
It had been five years since Avril Lavigne released any new music until September 2018 when she released a worship song. Head Above Water is a cry to God for salvation. One stanza says,
God, keep my head above water
Don’t let me drown, it gets harder
I’ll meet you there at the altar
As I fall down to my knees
4. Lauren Daigle
Daigle is the only artist on this list who started out as a Christian artist and singer-songwriter. However, somehow her explicitly God-centered hit song, You Say, has made music history as the only song to ever top both Christian and Adult Contemporary charts. Daigle has also made guest appearances on Jimmy Kimmel, Ellen Degeneres and Jimmy Fallon. Despite criticism from some Christians, her music has been a source of encouragement and inspiration for many.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Kenneth Reid