Check out this article here to get an idea of what I’m talking about.
Brandon Heath wrote a song called “Give Me Your Eyes,” and white people loved it. Since the Christian church in America is very, very segregated– there’s the white church and the black church, and rarely do they blend together– there is now a black version of “Give Me Your Eyes” by the group Joshua’s Troop; I saw the video on BET. — Mark Weber
There is a trend happening and I think it is happening quietly because many people don’t spend time listening to anything from artists who don’t look like them.
I’ve observed songs that have been popular for years in (white) Christian Music suddenly becoming “new hits” in (black) Gospel Music arenas. “Breathe”, “Let It Rain”, and “God Is Here” just to name a few. While it’s nothing new for a Christian song to be covered (almost endlessly – “How Great Is Our God”) there is such a cultural disconnect that people don’t know a song exists until it’s been re-recorded by their favorite artist.
In the same way, at my church — which is diverse but mostly white) we’ve done Contemporary Gospel songs that have been hits for YEARS (by artists like Fred Hammond, Mary Mary, and Kirk Franklin) and it never fails that people come asking about that “new song” and give a blank stare when you mention the artist.
I’m African-American and was previously in an all black church. More than 10 years ago I branched out into what my friends then called “white people music”– referring to Contemporary Christian Music and Worship songs– after growing discontent with the Gospel Music I’d been listening to at the time.
What has been interesting to see is the gradual change in the black Gospel Music scene as “Praise and Worship” has become more popular. It seems to have been pushed into the mainstream by groups like Shekinah Glory (“Praise Is What I Do”) and others. What I note most often is that only the choruses of some of these songs make it in to the re-recordings like “We Fall Down (But We Get Up)” and yes the favorite… “How Great Is Our God” with 3 lead vocalists and no verses!
So what are your thoughts and what trends have you seen?
Update: 9/24/2010 – title edited to add “racially” distinguish what kind of segregation the article talks about.