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When you browse the hit songs of pop culture these days, you may be shocked to find the number of tracks that are labeled “explicit” and glorify a hedonistic lifestyle. It’s not anything new for secular music to blast a narrative that contradicts the truth of the Bible, but that doesn’t make the stumbling blocks any less dangerous for the upcoming generation. We live in a great time for finding new Christian music for teens. Whether your preference is pop, rap, or worship, you can find something God-honoring that you enjoy. Here are some of our favorites when it comes to Christian music for teens.
Jamie Grace is a great role model for young musicians, as the singer rose to fame after posting a series of videos showcasing her talent on Facebook. That led to a number of people involved in Christian music finding her work and before long she was recording with people like TobyMac. Her work connects with teens because it deals with issues like self-worth, purity, and more. Here’s one of her latest music videos, “Wait It Out,” that was shot at the time of her wedding.
Here’s another singer with the TobyMac connection. Hollyn is in her early 20s, but has already released a number of hit songs like “Alone” and “Love With Your Life.” Her first full-length album was released in February 2017, reaching #6 on the Christian charts. Hollyn’s energetic pop sound taps into what many young listeners are hearing and loving from secular counterparts. Here’s a track the young singer put out near the end of 2017 called “Hola.”
For King & Country
For King & Country is one of the most popular bands in Christian music today. The band has seen an incredible rise in fame since the release of the 2012 album, “Crave.” For King & Country makes solid Christian music for teens, as the band often talks of respecting women, trusting in God, and being bold. Some of the group’s biggest hits have been “Priceless” and the newest single, “God Only Knows.” Check out the music video for the latter just below.
After fronting the band Royal Tailor for a decade, Tauren Wells started his solo career in 2016. Thanks to his talented voice and some resonating lyrics, Wells broke out with the song “Hills and Valleys.” His debut album followed in 2017 and the world quickly fell in love with songs like “When We Pray” and “Known.” The singer also collaborated with Crowder for a memorable jam in “All My Hope.” If you’re looking for Christian music for teens that combines entertainment value with Godly content, Tauren Wells is a name to note.
Social Club Misfits
Although most of the artists on our list fall into some variation of pop, hip hop is arguably the most popular genre of music in our culture today. You may or may not be surprised to know that Christian music for teens extends to this area as well. Social Club Misfits is comprised of two thirty-something rappers from Miami who have plenty to say about religion and how it intersects with the world they see around them. The band has some great tracks, like Some of the memorable joint efforts the group has embarked on is “War Cry” with Tauren Wells and the song found below, “Courage” featuring Tree Giants.
Hannah Kerr - Christian Music for Teens
There never seems to be a shortage of young female talent in the Christian music industry. Hannah Kerr is one of the newest voices to emerge in recent years. The singer released her debut album, “Overflow,” in 2016 to positive reviews as well as a Christmas EP the following year. Her raspy voice combined with pop beats makes for memorable tracks like “Radiate” and “Warrior.” Here’s Kerr performing the latter live for a music video.
One of the featured artists at Camp Electric in 2018, Andy Mineo is considered one of the most popular rappers in the Christian genre (and his fandom certainly isn’t limited to churches). A great benefit to listening to Mineo is that you’ll get to hear appearances from plenty of other great musicians, some of whom are also on this list. “The Saints,” a track that features KB and Trip Lee, is one of the best collaborations you can hope for from the rapper. For a solo track, try out “Uptown” right here.
We can’t make a list of Christian music for teens and not mention a singer who is arguably the most popular in the genre. Lauren Daigle became a household name in 2015 upon the release of “How Can It Be.” The single quickly became one of the most popular Christian songs in recent memory and jettisoned her debut album of the same name to the top of the charts (where it still sits as of Summer 2018). Daigle has also put out a jazzy little Christmas album in “Behold” and will be dropping a sophomore effort in September 2018. “You Say” is the first single from the new album titled “Look Up Child.”
Hillsong Young & Free
The name Hillsong means a lot in Christian circles, as the church and its many variations have made an impact on the faith community with worship songs that connect with people around the world. Hillsong Young & Free is a more youthful iteration of the brand that infuses pop and worship. The band is less than 10 years old, but has already released three albums as well as a few EPs and live recordings. To get an idea of what kind of energy the band is putting out, watch this live video for “Real Love.”
Getting back to hip hop, one of the most respected voices in Christian music for teens is Lecrae. The rapper has come a long way and changed a lot of minds. During that time he took Christian rap and, along with a few other influential voices, helped make it into something legitimate by the industry’s standards. Lecrae is able to pierce through different demographics because he simplifies the Christian faith and his experiences in rough neighborhoods into something with which everyone can identify. For evidence of that, check out his video for “Broke.”
Another artist on our list of Christian music for teens who has appeared with Social Club Misfits is Riley Clemmons. The young singer from Nashville rose to prominence in 2018 with the single “Broken Prayers” which peaked at #17 on the Hot Christian Songs chart. Since then, Clemmons has released her debut album and produced a few successful follow-up singles that solidify her as an established artist. Here’s the video for her latest effort, “Hold On.”
This is just some of the great Christian music for teens that is out there. Of course there are plenty of other established artists in the genre that are more than suitable, but we tried to keep our list skewed to a more youthful group of musicians. At Camp Electric we are always working with young musicians who are trying to better themselves spiritually as well as in music. Each summer we bring in some of the most talented Christian artists, a few of whom are on this list, to coach teenagers from around the country for an amazing camp experience. Find out how you can be our next student by clicking on the link below.