CCM Classic Blog

11 Consecutive Vocalist of The Year Awards...Guess Who? by Philip Mayaab

The 80s were the decade that contemporary Christian music became a financial juggernaut. During the 70s, artists were trying to become established with the fans, and the notion of Godly lyrics set to pop music was a tough sell, to a mainly traditional Christian consumer. In the 80s howeve  read more

"Make Me Ready"....For What?...For Farrell & Farrell! By Phillip Mayabb

In 1981, the Contemporary Christian music industry was growing by leaps and bounds. Over the previous 5 or so years, it had seen steady growth in album and ticket sales, and the industry itself was starting to emerge as a real musical entity. Younger fans (myself included) were getting into th  read more

The King of Not Only Rock but Gospel, Jake Hess, Terry Blackwood, Armond Morales and The Other Imperials Keeping it Alive; by Philip Mayabb

I will never forget the afternoon of August 16, 1976...I was a 9 year old little boy, at my grandmother's house (she was my babysitter), and I was watching "The Mod Squad" on television (can any of you remember that show?). All at once, the local station's news anchor interrupted the sh  read more

"Everybody Needs A Little Help" David Meece by Philip 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