Are artists like Amy Grant, who is a christian artist, played/sung in service?
Do y'all listen to worship music outside of church?
Does being a worship musician change your outlook on music in general?*
I'm honestly curious. I dont participate in religious get togethers so I have no idea. I have nothing against any of it, it just doesnt jive with my personal philosophies.
*This question is nondenominational and is in no way intended to start a discussion about how religion influences anything, including music.
I'll try to be careful to answer some of these questions without getting into religion. Yes. For me, being a worship musician absolutely does/did change my outlook on music in general. I learned that all music, I mean music in and of itself, effects the mind, body and soul. Music itself does way more than just entertain us. I will leave it there.
I cannot listen to the popular modern worship songs except for a few here and there. This became an issue with me and partly contributed to my decision for leaving the worship team. We would all get the link from YouTube of the new song to learn and we would obviously be required to listen to it prior to coming to practice. Because the style is so unlikable to me, it became more and more difficult over time to even finish listening to the original songs. To me it is similar to eating food you don't like and forcing it in as a steady diet. Week after week I was showing up for practice knowing I'm about to play a new song that I don't care for. Plus, I have to play all the other non-new songs that I don't care for too.
That being said, I do regularly listen to all kinds of CCM. There is some amazing CCM songs in every genre out there that is not considered "worship music." Take Kerry Livgren (formerly of the band Kansas), for example. His "Christian" songs can be super complex and the lyrics would not suit a service. His solo work is awesome, as well as the early 80s stuff he did with the band A.D.
The CCM that I listen to regularly besides Kerry Livgren/AD are groups like DeGarmo and Key; Resurrection Band (also called Rez Band); Keith Green; Paul Clark (his late 70s and early 80s music to be exact); Chuck Girard; Daniel Amos (who did everything from country to alternative music); Darrell Mansfield; Third Day; David Zaffiro; Don Francisco; Fireworks; Larry Norman; Leviticus (the Swedish Band); Lost Dogs, Mark Heard; Pat Terry; Matthew Ward; Michael Omartian; Michael Card; Dallas Holm, Novella; Petra; Phil Keaggy; Randy Stonehill; Richie Furay; Wall Brothers; and many others. Some of these bands/solo artists went through many musical genres, so I might like only a certain time period of their music.
I also love a lot of instrumental CCM that might include original pieces as well as hymns. One particular instrumental favorite is Phil Keaggy's "The Wind and the Wheat" album from 1987. The album has Alex Acuna and Ronn Tutt on drums. I'm not sure if it is even available anymore. If anyone wants to mellow out, here you go...