First, I want to make it clear that is not a genre of music I listen to on a regular basis--not because I'm anti-Christian, but because generally the music is so message-heavy the music is secondary and often very bland and uncreative (didn't used to be that way--cut my teeth on the magnificent Mahalia Jackson!) But even so I'm surprised it has no category here.
Just want to point out one group that in my opinion rises far above the crowd in contemporary Christian music--that group is Third Day.
Check out their LIFT UP YOUR FACE...powerful...moving...inventive within a great tradition..just great music, message aside.
Lead singer reminds me of a younger and vocally smoother Joe Cocker...