Advisor(s) - Committee Chair
Stephen Groce, Joan Krenzin, Amy Krull
Department of Sociology
Master of Arts
This research examines the perceptions of sixteen musical artists who are Christians in order to gain an understanding of how being a Christian affects one’s music and one’s career as a musician. Being an artist in contemporary Christian music has historically implied having religious ministry goals. However, artists enter the music profession for primarily nonreligious reasons. These conflicting implications are resolved by artists in three manners: 1) artists compartmentalize the roles of artist and Christian, 2) artists embrace the role of Christian and subjugate the role of artist, and 3) artists redefine the ministry goals implied by being a Christian artist in a way that fits into their role as an artist. The artists in this study believe that contemporary Christian music has a reputation of being unoriginal, uncreative, and mediocre, portraying an unrealistic view of reality, and being music to which non-Christians cannot related. This reputation that contemporary Christian music has serves as an antithesis for the artists whose goals for writing music are the exact opposite of this reputation.
Arts and Humanities | Christianity | Music | Musicology | Music Performance | Religion | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Sociology | Sociology of Culture | Sociology of Religion
May, Jonathan, "Why Can’t I Just Be a Singer? Managing the Religious Implications of Being a Rock Music Artist & a Christian" (2004). Masters Theses & Specialist Projects. Paper 3404.