In March of 2009, I had the distinct pleasure, honor, and blessing to be able to photograph the Chris Tomlin and Israel Houghton “Hello Love” concert at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN. It was fantastic! The music is genuinely top drawer. Better than that, though, is that the Holy Spirit can be felt in the midst of 5,000+ fans singing along with these artists. Hands in the air… voices ringing out to give Glory and Honor and Praise to the Living God. It sometimes makes it hard to keep snapping the photos. Seriously. I have a hard time pressing the shutter release when my hands are in the air, too... :)
Take a look at our photos from that concert...
For those that have not yet had the opportunity to hear some of these artists, you are missing out on one of the most popular and fastest growing music genres in the music industry. If you’re really into acid rock, heavy metal, punk, etc., then there are a few Christian artists covering your tastes, too. But the most popular segment is the popular rock sound, also referred to as “Contemporary Christian” or “Christian Pop”. We absolutely LOVE this music!!
We listen about as close to 24×7 as you can… we wake up to this music playing on our alarm clock, we play it in both of our family vehicles [each of our kids has their own cars, too, but they're obviously free to choose their own style of music, unless we're driving], we sing it in our church, and I look for every opportunity I can get to volunteer to take pictures at these events.
To combine these passions — photography and Christian music — is an incredible blessing for me. I really love it!!
Let us know what you think. We know this music isn’t for everyone, but we’re sad that it isn’t. Everyone has the freedom to choose the music that appeals to them and that really is the way it should be. But maybe some just haven’t heard it yet… Check out your local radio markets for Christian music and see what you think. You never know… it could save you.
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