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Funky Christian music?

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by Mike M., Apr 14, 2011.

  1. Mike M.

    Mike M.

    Feb 14, 2010
    I'd like some examples of Christian music that's in a funkier vein, if such a thing is out there.

    I'm sure it is, just don't know who to look for.

  2. EdMerc


    Nov 30, 2010
    Central Florida
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  4. Commreman

    Commreman Faith, Family, Fitness, and Frets Supporting Member

    Feb 12, 2005
    New Jersey
    Fred Hammond. Get Pages of Life. It is as funky as it gets!
  5. vivifiction


    Jan 22, 2011
    When you say "Christian music", are you referring to Worship bands or the more cross-over Christian bands? It may not be funky in the typical sense, but the band MuteMath definitely has a bit of funk in 'em. They're original stuff isn't worship-oriented, but they do have a worship CD called "elevator music" that's floating around somewhere.
  6. sammyp


    Aug 20, 2010
    NB, Canada
    some Lincoln Brewster stuff is reasonably funky, bluesy etc...
  7. crack-boom


    Jun 14, 2008
    New Zealand
  8. praisebass


    Aug 20, 2009
  9. Bigjohn


    Mar 5, 2010
    You can approach your yearning for funk in at least two ways:

    1. Theological rationalization
    God created and owns everything. God has given all things to Christ his son. Christ lives in and through his church which includes (and is) you. Therefore all funky rockin' music is yours, including Sir Psycho Sexy and other masterpieces of Blood Sugar Sex Magik by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

    2. Cut to the chase
    Just listen to awesome funky rockin' music like Sir Psycho Sexy and other masterpieces of Blood Sugar Sex Magik by the Red Hot Chili Peppers because it kicks butt and you will end up listening to it anyways so why not now?

    That is if you haven't already, in which case you probably won't be satisfied the christian-stamped stuff.
    Just sayin'.

  10. Chasarms

    Chasarms Casual Observer

    May 24, 2001
    St. Louis, MO USA
  11. ac3320


    May 23, 2008
    Southern California
    Endorsing: 1964 EARS, LLC.
    Check out Salvador. Their studio stuff is decent, but their best album is their live one.

    Really they have more of a Latin-crossover vibe vs. funk, but I don't think there's much Christian funk out there. Funk music doesn't really lend itself to CCM or even gospel, so it's probably not really prominent (at least in the 'pop' sense of Christian music).

    Lincoln Brewster has a few really groovy/funky tracks out there, but Everybody Praise the Lord is his best example of something kinda funky (as a previous poster stated). The studio version is actually better and not so subdued as the live one I linked (though, something tasteful in the restraint of the song I suppose...compared to the studio version).

    But again, it's kind of relative to call these couple tracks funk music. You're not going to get any Sly or James Brown style Christian music haha... If you did find some it would probably be obscure, though would surely fit better than the Jesus-metal terribleness that plagued Christian music over the past 10 years. How anyone could see Jesus in that mess really baffles me. IMO right there of course....
  12. Do you listen to gospel? Just askin...:confused:
  13. SketchMan3


    Mar 16, 2011
    Yeah... if you want funky Christian music, the Black Gospel music scene is full of funk. I don't know about the CCM side of things... Fred Hammond, Byron Cage, and a whole host of other gospel artists use a lot of funk influences in their music. Also see Kirk Franklin and the Katinas.
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  14. nutdog

    nutdog Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2009
    In the dog house.
  15. dukeorock


    Mar 8, 2011
    Nashville, TN
    Authorized greenboy designs builder
    Depends on your definition of funk, but Adam Again's "Homeboys" record is seriously funky and one of the most underrated CCM records of all time...some Charlie Peacock stuff was pretty funky...
  16. ac3320


    May 23, 2008
    Southern California
    Endorsing: 1964 EARS, LLC.
    Uhm, Yes. ... (?) :/

    I wasn't saying there is no "Funk" in gospel style Christian music (I thought as much was clear but apparently not)... I was merely suggesting that if one wanted to find super funk-ish influences like 'it's all about the one' type stuff (James Brown), you'd be hard-pressed to find it in the context of Christian music.
  17. dukeorock


    Mar 8, 2011
    Nashville, TN
    Authorized greenboy designs builder
    ADAM AGAIN "HOMEBOYS"...brilliant AND funky
  18. HeadyVan Halen

    HeadyVan Halen

    Jun 11, 2010
  19. Yes, but the request was specifically for Christian funk music. Therefore, it's more than reasonable to assume that the Chrsitian element is of primary concern. In other words, it's probably more important for the OP that the music is Christian than it is that it's funk. Otherwise, the specification of Christian wouldn't have been made. We all already know there is funk music out there. The request was made specifically for Christian funk.
    ...and I think Bigjohn missed the point entirely. :bag:

    Also, I think you could be surprised at what's coming out of Nashville these days. Modern Christian music is a WHOLE lot better than it used to be. Every year it gets better and better...and more varied.
  20. JoZac21


    Nov 30, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    Check out the band "New Direction"... they definitely fall into the category of "Contemporary Gospel"... they're also a "youth band"... but they're pretty effin' funky too... and yes, my sig reads right... I'm a straight up atheist... but I love good gospel... deal.

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