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The rise of Catholic pop music: 12 of the best current Catholic artists


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J-P Mauro - published on 11/01/17

The wonderful part of Christian music is that every genre is welcome.

Since November 2015, when Aleteia launched our music section – named “Cecilia” for the patron saint of musicians – we have been on a mission to revolutionize the soundtrack of our culture. We have consistently promoted real artists who speak the truth, who create beautiful music, and who inspire us.

The best part about the Christian music genre is that you can find any style of music within its wide scope. In what other genre can you find folk songs, rock songs, and classical?

However, we recognize that most Christian artists rarely reach the mainstream playlists. With that in mind, and in honor of our 2-year anniversary (and in the spirit of our evangelical mission), we’ve assembled a list that includes some of the top Christian artists, as well as some up-and-comers you may have missed.

Audrey Assad – Help My Unbelief

Audrey Assad (@AudreyAssad) belongs at the top of any list of Christian artists. She has been producing high quality worship songs for the last 15 years. Her pieces are wonderful tools for prayer, often tackling some of the more difficult aspects of faith. Her music frequently sounds ethereal, making it a great assist for meditation. Assad’s newest album drops in 2018, but you can hear “Wounded Healer”, her first single from it here.

Brother Isaiah – Jacob’s Song

Brother Isaiah made headlines with this introspective acoustic track which was inspired by an encounter with a homeless man in New York City. Brother Isaiah is a Franciscan Friar of the Renewal, a community that produces and promotes music from Franciscan artists as part of their very street-focused ministry. They also produced Father Tansi’s debut album.

Dana Catherine – My Savior in Me

Dana Catherine released her debut album, Glorious Horizons, in 2015. Although she is still young, this promising artist is already one of our favorites. Her voice is easy, her music is fun, and the girl knows how to write a hook. This earworm is bound to play through your head all day.

Dana wrote “My Savior in Me” on the way home from a Holy Hour. She credits her inspiration for the tune to the Holy Spirit.

Joe Zambon – O Little While

Joe Zambon (@JoeZambonMusic) has been active as a musician since 2005. He took a post working at his campus chaplaincy after college, a position he still continues to hold today. He has released 6 albums and has performed all over the world.

Joe Was born with webbed fingers on each hand. When he was three years old, doctors asked him why he wanted them separated and he answered “To play piano.” Two surgeries later he started piano lessons and never looked back.

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