Some Christian musicians refuse to label themselves “Christian” – not because they are ashamed of their faith – but because once you stick that religious word in front of your name, you will turn off a majority of would-be fans. As Aaron Gillespie from Underoath said in his interview with us earlier this year: “once you put a label on something– if you feel like you have to give a piece of music a faith– a piece of music isn’t an inanimate object. It’s alive in what it is. It doesn’t have to have another existence for it to mean something.”
If you’re a Christian, have any hint of musical taste, and are willing, to be honest, you’ll acknowledge that a hefty portion of the Christian music that you’ve heard is disappointing and dare I say… an embarrassment to those who take their Christian faith seriously. If you disagree, suit yourself. I’m simply not a fan of a genre that is fed by cheesy, overused phrases and watered-down, simplified melodies.