Christian Country music is a format of gospel music, first developed in the 1980s, during the surge in
popularity of country music on mainstream radio.
Christian Country music tends to be lyrically similar to Southern Gospel music, although it is usually more
sentimental and focuses a lot more on family life. Southern Gospel is based on four part harmony and is performed
predominantly by male singers, whereas Christian Country is mainly performed by solo artists or mixed male/female
Christian Country follows the migration of mainstream country music. Over the years, country music has migrated
toward a contemporary or pop sound. Christian Country's main appeal is to country music lovers. It is not always
accepted by Southern Gospel music fans, who have, for several generations, equated four part harmony with "sacred
music." However, some Christian Country artists are also very popular with Southern Gospel audiences, like The
Isaacs, Jeff & Sheri Easter and David L Cook who competed against the Easters in 1999 for a Dove award for
Christian Country Album of the Year.
Christian Country music differs slightly from Country Gospel. Christian Country singers consider themselves
"Christian artists", and seldom achieve mainstream country success. Country gospel is usually gospel songs recorded
by secular artists. While there is little difference between the sound of Christian Country and mainstream contemporary
country music, country gospel usually has a more traditional country sound. Since the early days of country music,
artists have put a gospel track on their albums. Even the HEE HAW show released some country gospel albums. Hank
Williams, Porter Waggoner, Johnny Cash, George Jones, and Randy Travis are some secular artists who have recorded
extensively in country gospel.
The term "Christian Country" was first coined and used in broadcasts by Rob Green (known to listeners as Les Roberts)
in the early 1980s.
God's Own Country is an Australian produced radio program broadcast since 2003. Host Don Taylor plays
positive and Christian country music from around the world on the CCMA award-winning program, heard via satellite,
internet and terrestrial radio on over 320 stations in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Vanuatu and The Philippines.
Musicians and Bands
David L. Cook
Jeff & Sheri Easter
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