92% of People Can't Identify These Popular Christian Singers. Can You?

By: Jacqueline Samaroo
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Regardless of the genre of music they perform in, many Christian singers will tell you that their faith inspires their music. If you are a dedicated fan of Christian music, do you think you can name all of these popular Christian singers (solo and group) from just one image? Take the quiz and find out!

Chris August released his first album, No Far Away, on Aug. 24, 2010. It went on to win in the Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year category at the Gospel Music Association (GMA) Dove Awards in 2011. August had been nominated five times and also won the awards for New Artist of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year.

The Jesus Culture band is a part of the Jesus Culture youth outreach ministry. The band performs both original music plus covers of existing songs.

Tenth Avenue North won the Gospel Music Association (GMA) New Artist of the Year Award in 2009 and their song, “By Your Side” took the award as GMA’s 2010 Song of the Year. The band took its name from the name of a road in Palm Beach County.

Grammy-nominated artist Jaci Velasquez debuted at the age of 16 and since then has recorded several albums (in both English and Spanish). Apart from being a singer, she is also an actress and songwriter.

Matthew West has sold over 1.5 million albums worldwide and has been nominated for many industry awards, winning on several occasions. Among his wins is the 2005 GMA Dove Award for Recorded Music Packaging of the Year (for his album: Happy). West also serves as songwriter for several well-known Christian and mainstream musicians.

Brandon Heath is a native of Nashville, Tennessee. He has received multiple Grammy award nominations and has won the GMA Dove Award for New Artist of the Year (2008); Song of the Year (2009); and Male Vocalist of the Year (2009 and 2010).

Twila Paris recorded her first album in 1981 at the age of 20. Her first number one hit was “The Warrior is a Child” in 1984.

Matt Hammitt served as a member of the band Sanctus Real for 20 years (1996 – 2015). He was the band’s co-founder and lead singer. Hammitt credits the band’s song “Lead Me,” which he wrote, with helping him make the decision to step away from the group and pursue his solo career.

Hillsong is official known as Hillsong Worship and was previously known as Hillsong Live. The group first came together in 1983 at Hillsong Church in Sydney, Australia. Members of Hillsong who have pursued successful solo careers include Marty Sampson, Reuben Morgan and Joel Houston.

Lincoln Brewster was born and raised in a small Alaskan town, but by the age of 19 he had garnered enough attention to land a mainstream recording contract. That was in part due to his prowess as a guitar player. He made the decision to forgo a mainstream rock music career and instead minister through Christian music.

The band was formed in 1996 by John Cooper and Ken Steorts. While Steorts is no longer a member of Skillet, Cooper has remained through several changeovers in band members. In early 2016, Skillet’s song “Monster” was certified Multi-Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Living Sacrifice formed in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1989 and their self-titled debut album was released in 1991. They have been described as a death metal band, fusing elements of mainstream and underground metal within the Christian rock genre.

Lecrae Devaughn Moore (known simply as Lecrae) made history at the 2013 Grammys when his sixth album, Gravity, won the award for Award for Best Gospel Album. It was the first hip-hop album to do so.

Sidewalk Prophets formed in 2003 and can perhaps trace the beginning of their success to when a demo of their music was entered in a contest without their knowledge. They won (naturally) and have gone on to be named New Artist of the Year at the 2010 GMA Dove Awards.

This hugely popular band formed in Ontario, Canada in 2000. At that time, however, they went by the name SWISH. This was later changed to Reason Being and finally to Hawk Nelson.

Newsboys has been around since 1985 and has enjoyed much success since then. This Australian group has been nominated for multiple GMA Dove and Grammy Awards. Their first win was in 1995 when their album “Going Public” won the Dove Award for Rock Album of the Year.

Michael English has been a member of several bands, beginning with his family’s singing group. In his solo career, he has won Dove Awards for New Artist of the Year (1992) and Male Vocalist of the Year (1992 – 1994).

Switchfoot’s website describes them as a “band of surfer dropouts.” The founding members: Jon Foreman, Tim Foreman and Chad Butler, had initially intended to complete college (at University of California San Diego) but Christian rock music stardom found them first.

The band’s name “Flyleaf” is the name given to the blank page at the beginning or end of a book. The band formed in 2002 and has gone through a few lead singers since then. They are regarded as a Christian rock group due to the religious themes which can be found in most of their songs.

A trio of sisters, Alyssa, Rebecca and Lauren formed BarlowGirl in 2003 (although they had been singing backup for their father since the late 1990s). The sisters formally retired the band in 2012.

Jars of Clay has been described as a Christian rock band, although they admit they make a conscious effort to keep “traditional religious language” out of their lyrics. Three of their albums (so far) have won Grammy awards in the Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album category: Much Afraid (1998); If I Left the Zoo (2000); and The Eleventh Hour (2002).

The band openly embraces its Christian beliefs but prefers not to be labeled as a “Christian band.” In a 2016 interview with Rolling Stone Magazine, NEEDTOBREATHE co-founder, Bear Rienhart, explained “Any label is limiting. That one in particular is especially limiting.”

Casting Crowns was formed in 1999 by fulltime youth pastor Mark Hall who is also the lead singer for the group. The group has won over a dozen GMA Dove Awards and in 2006, their album, Lifesong, won the Grammy for Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album.

Grammy Award-winning artist Chris Tomlin is classified as a solo performer, but he is known to work with a consistent group of musicians. These band members have also been credited as songwriters on some of his songs.

Citizen Way started out in 2004 when four guys (two sets of two brothers) began making music together under the name The Least of These. Their third single “How Sweet the Sound” was their first to chart at number one.

In 2003, Jeremy Camp released “Stay,” his first album for a major label. The fifth single on that album, which was also titled “Stay” went on to win the GMA Dove Award for Rock Recorded Song of the Year.

Don Francisco, son of a seminary professor, began his music career in the genre of secular folk-rock. He, however, had a “supernatural experience" at age 28 which caused him to change course and focus on contemporary Christian music.

In 2010, Kari Jobe was nominated for 3 GMA Dove Awards. Although she did not win Best New Artist of the Year, she did walk away with two other awards, including one for Spanish Language Album of the Year (Le Canto).

Michael W. Smith’s amazing career has seen him sell over 18 million albums, so far. Added to that, are his 32 No. 1 hits; 6 albums certified Platinum by the RIAA; and 16 certified gold. This veteran of contemporary Christian music has also won over 40 GMA Dove Awards and 3 Grammys, to date.

The duo of for KING & COUNTRY is made up of Australian brothers Luke and Joel Smallbone. They have 5 other siblings, including their older sister, Rebecca St. James, who is also a Christian recording artist. Apart from singing, Joel is also an actor and he played the lead role in the 2016 film Priceless.

At the 2011 Grammys, CeCe Winans claimed both her 9th and 10th Grammy Awards (which she shared with her brother, BeBe Winans). Later, in 2015, she was inducted into the Gospel Music Association’s Hall of Fame.

Samuel Hancock is both founder and vocalist of the band, Luminate. On the group’s website, Hancock explains the selection of “Luminate” for the band’s name by saying their intention is to “Shine the light and love of Christ in the midst of darkness through music.”

After the loss of her close friend to breast cancer in 2013, Mandisa admitted to losing her faith in God and maintained a very low profile. The American Idol contestant and Grammy Award winner regained her faith and came back onto the music scene in 2017 with her much-acclaimed album Out of the Dark.

Rich Mullins started playing the piano at age 4 and was considered to be a musical prodigy. It’s said he used to skip school and go to his local church to play music. Mullins died in a car accident on Sept. 19, 1997 at the age of 41.

The band Big Daddy Weave came together in 2002. Since then, one of the highlights of their career has been the song “Redeemed” (2012) which was among several number one singles they released and which spent 11 weeks in that position on the charts.

Steven Curtis Chapman has won over 50 GMA Dove Awards and is also a multi-award winner at the Grammys. On his website, Chapman credits scripture, worship and proclaiming the truth with helping him and his family survive the loss of his youngest daughter, Maria, in a tragic family accident.

Sanctus Real formed in 1996 and has enjoyed having several number one singles since then. The group’s style is described as Christian alternative rock.

Amy Grant began her singing career as a teenager and now has over 30 GMA Dove and Grammy Awards, combined. She has been married to renowned country singer Vince Gill since 2000.

In 2009, Third Day was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in recognition of their long and decorated career as a Christian rock band. The band’s name makes reference to the resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day after his crucifixion.

Out of Eden is made up of three sisters: Lisa Kimmey, Andrea Kimmey-Baca and Danielle Kimmey. They released their first album, Lovin' the Day, in 1994 and their success was marked by winning two GMA Dove Awards (2003) for Urban Album of the Year (This Is Your Life) and Urban Song of the Year (Meditate). Out of Eden announced that they were disbanding the group in 2006.

Keith Green died in an airplane accident on July 28, 1982 at the age of 28. His impact on the Christian music genre was sufficient enough, however, for him to be inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2001. One of his fellow inductees at that time was Elvis Presley.

MercyMe formed in 1994 and by 2001 were releasing their first major-label studio album, titled Almost There. One of the group’s most well-known songs, I Can Only Imagine, was a single on that album and it is credited with taking the album to its RIAA double-Platinum certification.

The band has explained its chosen name as being biblically inspired. Referring to Jesus Christ, they say “He took our cuts for us ... leaving us 'Kutless.’”

TobyMac, whose birth name is Kevin Michael McKeehan, has won multiple Grammys and GMA Dove awards over the course of his career. His style has been called both “gospel” and “Christian hip-hop.”

Tiffany Arbuckle Lee (a.k.a. Plumb) officially began her music career in 1997. She explains that her choice of “Plumb” is based on the 1996 song “My Favorite Plum” by Suzanne Vega.

At the age of three, Britt Nicole debut as a singer at her church. Music became an important part of her life and she decided against going to college in order to pursue singing. In July 2012, Britt Nicole married her drummer, Joshua Crosby.

Disciple is often described as a Christian hard rock group. The band has gone through several changes since its formation in 1992, with frontman Kevin Young being the only remaining member of the original lineup.

Co-founder of Seventh Day Slumber, Joseph Rojas, has revealed that he started abusing cocaine at the age of 14. By the time he was 21, it was a $400-a-day habit and led the singer to a suicide attempt. He became a Christian in the back of the ambulance which took him to the hospital after that incident.

Phil Keaggy joined his very first band, the Keytones, at the age of 13. After performing with several other groups, he co-founded the band Glass Harp in 1968. Keaggy left Glass Harp in 1972 to pursue his solo career.

Unspoken has been performing as a group since 2003. On their website, they contribute the band’s popularity to the “transparency” conveyed to their audience as they perform.

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