These are the groups/artists behind the music we have featured at our
Fellowship Meetings - recommended for your personal playlists...
(The biographical information below has been collected from Wikipedia and/or the Groups' own websites. Links are not downloads.)
An American Christian rock band, formed in 2001 and based in Baltimore, Maryland, this band was founded by Josh Smith and Ryan Nalepa. While they released two albums in their first six years, the band is popularly known for its third album, What I've Become, which was released in 2011.
Song used: “Here For A Reason”
big daddy weave
A contemporary Christian band composed of Mike Weaver (lead singer), Jay Weaver, Jeremy Redmon, Joe Shirk, and Brian Beihl, they are signed to Fervent Records. The band met after college at the University of Mobile. Mike Weaver had been serving as worship leader of a Pensacola, Florida church and attending community college in the area. He came to the university at the urging of his pastor, and studied voice. In both 2006 and 2007, Big Daddy Weave toured with Mark Schultz on his "Broken and Beautiful" Tour. In 2009, they headlined the "What Life Would Be Like" Tour with guest musician Josh Wilson.
Song used: “In Christ”
A contemporary Christian and Christian rock band that started in 1999 by youth pastor Mark Hall, who serves as the band's lead vocalist, as part of a youth group at First Baptist Church in Downtown Daytona Beach, Florida. They later moved to Stockbridge, Georgia, and more members joined. Some members of the band currently work as ministers for Eagle's Landing First Baptist Church in McDonough, Georgia. The band has won a Grammy and a Dove Award.
Christopher Dwayne Tomlin is an American contemporary Christian music artist, worship leader, and songwriter from Grand Saline, Texas. He has sold over 7 million records. Tomlin leads worship at many Passion events. Some of his most well-known songs are "How Great Is Our God", "Good Good Father", "Jesus Messiah", "Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)".
Floyd Elliot Wray is an American country music singer, known professionally as Collin Raye. Raye was raised as a Southern Baptist but became a Catholic when he was 23 years old. On February 17, 2016, Raye performed at the "Two Nations, One Faith" celebration at Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso, Texas, prior to the stadium's simulcast of the Mass performed by Pope Francis just across the Mexican border in Ciudad Juarez.
Song used: “I Get What I Need"
At the age of 17, Danielle Rose traveled to Delhi, India to volunteer with Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity. This experience gave her a desire to serve the poorest of the poor by offering her gift of music as a means of alleviating the spiritual poverty of America. Since graduating from Notre Dame in 2002, Danielle Rose began traveling the globe as a music missionary in order to spread the Gospel through a joyful witness of story and song.
Song used: “Litany of Humility"
For King & Country
For King & Country, stylized as for KING & COUNTRY and formerly known as Joel & Luke as well as Austoville, is a Christian pop duo composed of Australian brothers Joel and Luke Smallbone. The Nashville-based brothers' 2012 debut record Crave has received praise, and the brothers were declared by Billboard as one of the "New Artists to Watch" for 2012.
Song used: “Priceless”
This fellow Catholic is a full time music missionary who travels throughout many parts of the world providing inspirational music and faith witness to all ages through concerts, workshops, retreats, missions, conferences, and worship. He is originally from Clarksburg, West Virginia, and now resides in Memphis, Tennessee, with his wife and two children. He is a graduate of West Virginia University, and the U.S. Military School of Music, where he was a member of the U.S. Navy Band as lead vocalist. With a style reminiscent of Billy Joel and Elton John, John Angotti delivers a dynamic blend of contemporary styles and meaningful lyrics, leading him to be granted awards including “Male Vocalist of the Year,” “Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year,” and “Praise and Worship Album of the Year” from the United Catholic Music and Video Association. His writing styles include contemporary rock, pop, and Latin rhythms, along with his ability to give new life to traditional classics in chant and classical genres.
Live performance at St. Denis Church (2009): "Thanks And Praise"
Joshua David "Josh" Wilson is a contemporary Christian musician from El Dorado, Arkansas. He is best known for the radio singles "Savior, Please" from his 2008 album Trying to Fit the Ocean in a Cup and "Before the Morning" from his 2009 EP, Life is Not a Snapshot. On March 19, 2012 Josh Wilson achieved the “Christian Songwriter/Artist of the Year” award from The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. He was also named as the future of Christian pop music. His album, Trying to Fit the Ocean in a Cup, was labeled one of the top ten albums of the year by GospelMusicChannel.com.
Song used: "Before the Morning"
Matt Redman is an English Christian worship leader, singer, songwriter and author now based in Brighton, East Sussex, United Kingdom. An artist for sixstepsrecords, he is also a member and trustee of Compassionart, a charity founded by fellow musician Martin Smith. He has been involved in a number of events for the Passion Conferences and worked with Hillsong London.
Song used: "You Never Let Go"
Matthew Joseph West is an American contemporary Christian musician, singer-songwriter, and actor. He has released five studio albums, and was nominated for five Dove Awards in 2005, two of which were for his major label debut album, Happy. West won the 2013 American Music Award for Best Contemporary Inspirational Artist.
An American contemporary Christian music band founded in Greenville, Texas, the band consists of vocalist Bart Millard, percussionist Robby Shaffer, bassist Nathan Cochran and guitarists Michael Scheuchzer and Barry Graul. The band formed in 1994 and released six independent albums prior to signing with INO Records in 2001. The group first gained mainstream recognition with the crossover single, "I Can Only Imagine" which elevated their debut album, Almost There, to double platinum certification. Since then, the group has released eight additional studio albums (six of which have been certified gold) and a greatest hits album.
Song used: "You Are I Am"
Michael w. smith
Michael Whitaker Smith is an American musician who has charted in both contemporary Christian and mainstream charts. Smith is a three-time Grammy Award winner, an American Music Award recipient, and has earned 45 Dove Awards. He also has recorded 31 No. 1 Hit songs, fourteen gold albums, and five platinum albums. He has also starred in two films and published 14 books.
Song used: "Sovereign Over Us"
Ryan Dale Stevenson is an American Christian musician and guitarist, who primarily plays a contemporary Christian music and worship style of music. His sponsor is Gotee Records, owned by Christian music artist TobyMac.
Song used: "No Matter What"
Sanctus Real formed in 1996, and the band released three independent albums over five years. After signing with Sparrow Records in 2002, the group released their major label debut, Say It Loud, at the end of the year. Sanctus Real released their fifth studio album in March 2010, titled Pieces of a Real Heart also receiving a Grammy nomination with Christian Billboard chart topping hits "Lead Me" and "Forgiven". The band's music incorporates a modern alternative rock style, and has evolved from power pop to a more melodic and guitar-driven sound.
A contemporary Christian music band from Nashville, Tennessee, their album These Simple Truths contained the single "The Words I Would Say", which is also featured on WOW Hits 2010 and WOW Hits 2011. The group has won the 2010 GMA Dove Award for New Artist of the Year.
Tenth Avenue north
An American contemporary Christian music band from West Palm Beach, Florida, it takes its name from an east-west road in Palm Beach County. The group was formed while members attended Palm Beach Atlantic University. It features Mike Donehey on vocals and acoustic guitar, Jeff Owen on electric guitar and backup vocals, Ruben Juarez III on bass guitar and backup vocals, Jason Jamison on drums and Brendon Shirley on keyboard. The band has released five studio albums.
Song used: "By Your Side"
The Afters are an American Christian pop rock band founded by Joshua Havens and Matt Fuqua. Havens and Fuqua first worked together in a Starbucks coffee shop in Mesquite, Texas, where they played for customers, before deciding to form a band. They added Brad Wigg and Marc Dodd, who were also employed at the same Starbucks, under their original name of Blisse. Their song "Never Going Back to OK" was the most-played song on R&R magazine's Christian CHR chart for 2008.
Song used: "Well Done"
Toby McKeehan, better known by his stage name TobyMac, is a Christian hip hop recording artist, music producer, songwriter and author. TobyMac has charted 20 solo singles on Billboard's Christian Songs list. He was first known for being a member of the Christian vocal trio DC Talk, staying with them from 1987 until their announced hiatus in 2000. He has since continued a successful solo career with the release of six studio albums: Momentum (2001), Welcome to Diverse City (2004), Portable Sounds (2007), Tonight (2010), Eye on It (2012), This Is Not a Test (2015).
Song used: "Move (Keep Walkin')"
James Todd Smith (who goes by Todd Smith) is a singer and founding member of the contemporary Christian music band Selah. Smith remains an original member since its founding in 1997.
Song used: "There's A Light"