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Ten Great Christian Artists You've Never Heard

I've been following Christian music for most of my life and although it can be painful (and trust me, it can be) every year or so I uncover an artist from days past that reignites my hope for the genre. As someone who mostly listens to "secular" music, these ten artists can stand up to the best of them (in my humble opinion, of course).
1The Choir
Shadow Weaver

Genre: Alternative Rock, Shoegaze
With a discography spanning all the way back to the 80s, The Choir is an underground gem and one of the most consistently great Christian bands I've ever had the pleasure of hearing.
Best Albums: Shadow Weaver, The Loudest Sound Ever Heard, Bloodshot, Circle Slide
2My Epic

Genre: Post-Rock, Post-Hardcore
My love for this particular record knows no end but My Epic have proven time and time again that they can write some of Christian music's most genuinely breathtaking music.
Best Albums: Behold, Yet, Broken Voice
3Propaganda (Hip-Hop)

Genre: Hip/Hop, Rap
A good friend of mine said it best in his short review of this record: "With his tightest production and most biting lyrics yet, Propaganda has finally made a work in the same league as Kendrick Lamar." Yeah, this is that good.
Best Albums: Crooked, Excellent
Keep Quiet

Genre: Alternative Rock
Keep Quiet is one of my favourite records of all-time. It's also the only record Sons ever made. Admittedly, this didn't leave any kind of influential mark on Christian music but it's a must listen of the 2010s for any music lover.
5The Violet Burning
The Story of Our Lives

Genre: Hard Rock, Metal
The Violet Burning share a similar story with The Choir from the top of the list. They're long-running indie darlings with multiple treasures stashed away in their nearly unreachable discography. I say unreachable because their magnum opus, the three-part The Story Of Our Lives, isn't available for streaming or buying from anywhere other than their official website. Is it worth it? Well, altogether The Story Of Our Lives is my second favourite musical project of all-time.
Best Albums: The Story Of Our Lives, Demonstrates Platic and Elastic, The Violet Burning
Mirror of Souls

Genre: Power Metal
Only the best Christian metal band of all-time.
Best Albums: Mirror of Souls, As The World Bleeds, Ghost Ship
7Andrew Peterson
Light For The Lost Boy

Genre: Atmospheric Folk
Andrew Peterson's work is simply remarkable and Light For The Lost Boy is where it all started for me. Innocent, earnest, thought-provoking, and oh so beautiful.
Best Albums: Light For the Lost Boy, Resurrection Letters Vol. 1, The Burning Edge of Dawn
8Derek Webb

Genre: Folk/Electronic
I'll admit that I might be reaching a little too far here since Webb's latest record reveals him struggling with his faith and leaning quite heavily towards agnosticism (it's a beautifully crushing record too) but most records prior prove why he was herald as one of Christian music's indie staples.
Best Albums: Ctrl, I Was Wrong, I'm Sorry, and I Love You," "She Must and Shall Go Free, Fingers Crossed.
9Heath McNease
Thrift Store Jesus

Genre: Hip/Hop, Singer-Songwriter, Folk
A man of many styles, you'll never know what you'll get with Heath McNease. Whether it be a work of hip/hop genius, a look into the works of C.S. Lewis, or nothing more than a simple soundtrack for the back porch, the only constant in his discography is that it's all great.
Best Albums: Thrift Store Jesus, The Weight of Glory, Among Thieves, Who Knows? Who Cares?
10Sara Groves
Invisible Empires

Genre: Singer-Songwriter / Pop-Rock
At a first glance, Sara Groves appears to be one of those softly spoken, unassuming artists but once given the time and attention her work slowly reveals its colours. Before you realized you've been wrapped up in its motherly touch it'll subtly tug at your heartstrings in the most tender of ways.
Best Albums: Invisible Empires, Fireflies and Songs, Floodplain.
11Civilized Creature

Honourable mentions and further recommended artsts.
Genres: Electronic, Downtempo, Hip/hop
12John Mark McMillan

Genre: Indie Pop, Worship
Failure, Subside

Genre: Death Metal
Scrolls of the Megilloth

Genre: Death Metal

Genre: Black Metal
16Josh Garrels
Love and War and The Sea In Between

Genre: Singer-songwriter
17The Ember Days
More Than You Think

Genre: Indie
18Half-Handed Cloud
Halos & Lassos

Genre: Experimental, Indie Pop
19Kings Kaleidoscope
Becoming Who We Are

Genre: Indie Pop, Worship
20Ascend the Hill
O Ransomed Son

Genre: Alternative Rock
21The Chariot
One Wing

Genre: Metalcore
22The Prayer Chain

Genre: Rock
23Starflyer 59
Leave Here A Stranger

Genre: Alternative Rock, Shoegaze
With Shivering Hearts We Wait

Genre: Hard Rock
No Sir, Nihilism Is Not Practical

Genre: Raw Rock
These guys were one of the first heavy bands I ever got into.
The Forsaken

Genre: Black Metal
Sanity Obscure

Genre: Heavy Metal
Liberate Te Ex Inferis

Genre: Metalcore
Love these guys to pieces.
29Living Sacrifice

Genre: Metal
30Falling Up
Falling Up

Genre: Alternative Rock
This album right here is particularly amazing but every post-fangs record has something great to offer.
31Rivers and Robots

Genre: Dream Pop / Worship
32Beautiful Eulogy
Instruments of Mercy

Genre: Hip/hop, Rap.
33Citizens and Saints
A Mirror Dimly

Genre: Indie, Worship, Pop
Naked and Cold

Genre: Hardcore
Give Me Rest

Genre: Post-hardcore
36Circle of Dust
Circle of Dust

Genre: Hard Rock
37Twila Paris
He Is Exalted Live

Genre: Live, Worship
My favourite live worship album of all-time. Admittedly, nostalgia plays a big part in that but it's so well crafted that I thoroughly believe it's a masterpiece in its own right.
Hellig Usvart

Genre: Black Metal
39John Van Deusen
(I Am) Origami Pt. 2 Every Power Wide Awake

Genre: Folk, Worship
40Wolves at the Gate

Genre: Post-Hardcore
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