CCM Classic Blog

"The Yellow and Black Attack" Heavy Metal Enters The Christian Music Space; by Philip Mayaab

Do you remember many events from 1984? Some of us probably remember election night in November of that year, when President Reagan not only won re-election, but captured the electoral vote from 49 of the 50 United States, the lone holdout being the home of Democratic nominee Walter Mondale (  read more

Tim Sheppard Biography by last.fm with Intro by Philip Mayabb

Introduction By Philip Mayabb: One of the things I love the most about being involved with CCM Classic, and playing classic contemporary Christian music is the memories that the music invokes. Sure, all old music does that to a certain extent, but if you're like me, and you grew up during y  read more

The Many Facets of Phil Keaggy: By Philip Mayabb

There are some names that are instantly recognizable in almost every professional field, and contemporary Christian music is no exception. While some artists may be recognized by a small number of fans, others are instantly known by multitudes of people, even folks who aren't necessaril  read more

Do You Remember Lisa Welchel? By Philip Mayabb

Ah yes, the eighties...everything was BIG! Big hair, big personalities, big ambitions, etc. The eighties were big, and contemporary Christian music made its biggest strides during the decade. Artists began selling more albums and concert tickets, mainstream record label sought out CCM  read more

Are You A Stryper Fan; 1984 Was a Big Year: By Philip Mayabb

1984 was a big year in the United States...in politics, president Ronald Reagan was re-elected in a major landslide that saw him win 49 of the 50 states in the country. In sports, the Olympics were held in Los Angeles, and boycotted by the Russians, while the Detroit Tigers swept the San D  read more

Jane Farrell's 50th Salvation Anniversary Testimony;by Jane Farrell

January 17, 1971 was also a Sunday. Around January 15, 1971, I was working at KULF pop radio in Houston, TX. I had been placed in charge of public service announcements. A young lawyer named Bill Morris came in with an event he wanted to promote on the radio; a Crusade happenin  read more

"Everybody Needs A little Help" by Phillip Mayabb

Ah, the early days of the Contemporary Christian music "industry" in the late 70s...the "Jesus Music" era was winding down, and the days of artists just simply finding some place to perform, were coming to an end. Traditional Christians, who for many years had little choice in "gospel"   read more

We Are Talking "Heavy Medals"; by Philip Mayabb

What can we say about Russ Taff's iconic 1985 LP Medals that hasn't been said already? It is probably the most memorable of his solo recordings, and still sounds mighty good today, 33 years after its initial release. Medals was awarded the 1986 Dove Award for Pop/Contemporary Album Of  read more

Dallas Holm & Praise Live 1977_A Very Special Album; by Philip Mayabb

This week, we will celebrate what in my opinion should be the most joyous day on the calendar for a Christian, and that is Easter. Yes, we love Christmas, because that is the day that we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, but without His death on Good Friday, there  read more

Here is "A Taste of Eternity" Spurr & McNeil;by Philip Mayabb

I'm sure that most anyone who is a serious music fan can think of at least one artist who was not given a sufficient chance to show how good they really were. You know, those artists that are often referred to as "one hit wonders", who are generally remembered for a single song. Music   read more