14 Nov 2017

Christian rock: it's not about JPMs

From Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan, 2:21 pm on 14 November 2017

Christian rock was once the type of music that would make you want to switch to the next station, but Strahan Coleman says Christian artists have moved away from their music being labelled under just one genre.

Strahan is a New Zealand folk singer, psalmist and storyteller and he's just got back from doing gigs in California.

Strahan Coleman

Strahan Coleman Photo: Supplied

Art is art, he says, and the Christian music has moved on from Jesus Per Minute (JPMs) preaching.

“Art is about being true, art is an expression of the heart and the soul and it’s not meant to be entirely filtered … when you sit down to write a song you’re letting something out and the second you try and package it up nice and neat and try and say something and convince someone of something it often starts to dilute the purity and beauty of the art itself”

Listen to songs by: P.O.D, Switchfoot, U2, 21 Pilots, John Mark McMillan, Chance, The Rapper, Lecrae, Josh Garrels and Need To Breathe.

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