Contemporary Christian Music

   Umbrella term for American Christian songs composed and performed in various rock styles from the 1970s onward. Larry Norman’s (1947– ) recording {}Upon This Rock (Impact, 1969) is considered to be the earliest exemplar. The genre is controversial among American Christians. Recent stars include Steven Curtis Chapman (1962– ) and Amy Grant (1960– ).
   See also Gospel Song; Praise Chorus.

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