When a Christian artist in England goes public, it has a much greater impact on the general music market than anything sometimes termed crossover does in the U.S. Name your favorite Christian artist here — Casting Crowns, Chris Tomlin, Third Day, etc. — and you’re sure to find people outside the capital ‘C’ Church who’ve never heard of them. But in England it’s been a different story.
Here are three songs that would have been on the radar of any British music buyer in the era in which they were released, starting with a personal favorite from one of my favorite bands, After the Fire (ATF). The ultimate post-modern apologetic, except it was written years before.
For Cliff Richard, I was tempted to include Millennium Prayer, because it went to #1, but decided Christmas is close enough for Little Town, which made it to #11 in 1982. But at the last minute, I switched to Savior’s Day, which is less known in the U.S.
And then there’s U2, Ireland’s best known musical export that we don’t usually think of as a Christian band, but there’s no denying their scriptural content.
What about more recent songs? Do Christian artists in the UK still enjoy the same impact? If anyone has some suggestions for three more songs for next Saturday, I’d like to include them.