4 – Flyleaf
Flyleaf has been on a hiatus since 2016. The band has always walked a fine line between the “Christian” and “secular” labels, but with the majority of lyrics written by their original lead singer Lacey Sturm, a devout Christian, their music is teeming with faithful themes.
The entire band shares the faith, but they are hesitant to call themselves a “Christian band” for fear it might limit their audience. In a 2010 interview, Sturm explained:
“I don’t know what you mean by a ‘Christian rock band.’ It’s hard to say that because people all have a different definition of what that means. If it means that we’re Christians, then yeah, we’re Christians, but if a plumber’s a Christian, does that make him a ‘Christian plumber’? I mean we’re not playing for Christians. We’re just playing honestly and that’s going to come out.”
5 – Reliant K
Reliant K formed when its members were still just in high school. It’s hard to say exactly when they “crossed over,” since from their inception their alt/punk style mixed with their faith-themed lyrics have made them very popular with both religious and secular audiences.
They write entire secular albums full of Christian elements and they also write Christian albums that subtly appeal to wider audiences. In 2004, they won the Grammy for Best Rock Gospel Album, and they’re still putting out new music to this day.
6 – Skillet
If you’ve just listened to Amy Grant, then you may wonder how she could share the same genre as Skillet. This band stands out with wonderful symphonic arrangements around hard vocals. Led by a husband-and-wife team, Skillet barely ever stops touring and has grown an intense following of loyal fans who call themselves “Pan Heads.”