“Saved by the City” Podcast Discusses Worship Music “From Hymns to Hillsong and Back Again” with Leah Payne and David Gungor

Lift your hands up to the sky.

Whether “Shout to the Lord,” gives you nostalgic warm fuzzies or sends a chill up your spine, if you’ve ever owned a WOW CD, this episode is for you. For many who grew up in evangelical spaces, the music was as defining as any sermon or youth group Bible study. There was the worship music on Sundays, the Christian ska for Friday nights and, if you like REM, maybe check out Newsboys?

Katelyn and Roxy grew up in, we’d argue, the glory days of CCM (Contemporary Christian Music), but our relationship to that particular music of our youth is, well, complicated. We talk with theologian and CCM guru, Leah Payne, about the evolving industry and how worship music became big business.

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SOURCE: Religion News Service, Jonathan Woodward

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