The history of Christian contemporary music only extends back to the 1960s when guitars began to replace organs, first in youth groups and much later, with the adults joining in the more formal sanctuary. Many churches now feature a praise band that essentially plays simple choruses with, perhaps, an occasional homage to an older hymn.

Christian contemporary music has itself shifted from its original folk roots, think, “We are one in the Spirit,” or “Kumbaya,” to soft rock, to full-on hard rock, but something short of grunge or genuine heavy metal.

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