Love this quote from the Age
“Peter Miles, who presents a Sunday morning gospel music program on 3PBS, points out that church-based singers have been crossing over into mainstream popular music for more than a generation. “A lot of mainstream music borrows from gospel music without knowing about it,” he says.
“I think gospel music, more than most people recognise, is a foundation for mainstream rock music.”
But where performers such as Elvis Presley borrowed from gospel to create a new sound, the pendulum now swings in the other direction, with church-based musicians borrowing from rock’n’roll to make their songs more palatable to a young audience, he says. “Contemporary Christian artists do all sorts of stuff. Christian death metal, bluegrass, reggae, funk …”
In 2005, Woodlands Media estimated that the Christian music market in Australia in the previous 12 months was responsible for 5.6 per cent of local music sales, with a value of $540 million. Jay says the Christian music market remains strong, which, given falling sales in all other sectors, could be evidence that it is growing in popularity”
Story first see at The Journey