- 6Song: "Breathe Into Me"BUY @ amazon
The lone Christian metal band on the list, Red (sometimes stylized as R3D), formed in Nashville, Tennessee in 2004. Their first two albums - "End of Silence" and "Innocence and Instinct" - were both nominated for Grammy Awards for Best Rock Gospel album. "Breathe Into Me" was the band's first single, off of their debut "End of Silence" in 2006, and hit #15 on the Billboard "Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks" list. (This counts most-played songs on mainstream rock radio, and is not exclusive to Christian artists.)
The band appeared on late night television twice in 2011, on both the Conan O'Brien and Jay Leno shows. They have also taken part in numerous large-scale tours with other popular bands, including Creed's 2010 Summer Tour and the All American Nightmare Tour along with label-mates Hinder.
Jesus Culture BandSong: "How He Loves Us"BUY @ amazon
The Jesus Culture Band grew out of the Jesus Culture outreach youth ministry, which holds yearly conferences in a variety of American cities, as well as Australia and England. (The first Jesus Culture conference was held in the summer of 1999 by the youth group at Bethel Church in Redding, California.) The band consists of a number of young artists who perform collectively, as well as pursuing solo careers. They include Kim Walker-Smith and Chris Quilala.
- 8Song: "Gracias"BUY @ amazon
Though born in America, Marcos Witt spent the majority of his life in the city of Durango, Mexico, and has become one of the most popular Spanish-language Christian artists in North America. He is also pastor of the Lakewood Church's Spanish-language congregation in Houston, Texas.
Witt has won 4 Latin Grammys for his dozens of recorded albums, and is also the author of 10 books in both English and Spanish. He has been nominated for 5 Dove Awards, but has yet to win.
Hillsong MusicSong: "How Great Is Our God"BUY @ amazon
Hillsong Music originally hail from Sydney, Australia. The group first gained international prominence following a string of performances at conferences in the late 1980s, and have produced an ongoing series of praise and worship albums annually ever since. (They also have 2 Christmas albums.)
This song, "How Great is Our God," was originally written by artist Chris Tomlin. Hillsong have taken selections from Tomlin's song and adapted them.
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