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Church Music is the fifth full-length studio album and ninth overall by David Crowder Band, released September 22, 2009 through sixstepsrecords. It reached No. 1 on the Billboard Christian albums chart, and debuted at No. 11 on the Billboard 200.[1]

Church Music
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 22, 2009
GenreChristian rock, worship
ProducerDavid Crowder Band
David Crowder Band chronology
Remedy Club Tour – Live
Church Music
Summer Happiness

Recording processEdit

The album runs continuously (there are no gaps between the tracks), which essentially creates a 73-minute song, and when the album is looped, it creates a neverending song. To do this the band sequenced the tracks before anything had been recorded so keys and tempos could be finalized.[2] According to David Crowder, "We programmed the album first, forcing ourselves to write from the track up, and then, after the song emerged, we dismantled it, replacing much of the programming with live instrumentation but leaving the fundamentals that the song emerged from intact." [3]


Church Music differs considerably from the previous album (Remedy) in the band's heavy use of synthesizers and other electronic instruments.[4] In past albums this style is limited to only several songs, however on Church Music an electronic beat (at minimum) is present in almost every track. David Crowder alluded to this stylistic shift in the bridge of "Alleluia, Sing," about which he commented, "In many ways this is classic Crowder Band, but the real, and first, indicator that the album is going to take a left turn is the bridge, where the pulsating synth bed serves as a sign post, saying 'there are going to be musical elements present which are extremely familiar to listeners accustomed to the sounds of the current landscape of popular music.'"[5]

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic     [6]
Alpha Omega NewsA[7]
Christian Music Review          [8]
Christianity Today     [9]
Cross Rhythms          [10]
Jesus Freak Hideout     [11]
Louder Than the Music     [13]
New Release Tuesday     [14]
The Phantom Tollbooth     [15]

Church Music garnered critical acclaim from music critics. Jared Johnson writing for Allmusic gave it 4-and-a-half out of 5 stars stating that "from beginning to end Church Music astonishes, mesmerizes and reaffirms that original, out of the box, unstereotypical worship is what David does best and what the genre needs, and deserves."[6] At Jesus Freak Hideout, Kevin Chamberlin gave it a glowing 5 out of 5 stars review commenting on the powerful worship experience that is created, which is "not only pleasant to the soul, but also pleasant to the ears".[11] Also, Jesus Freak Hideout's founder John DiBiase gave it four-and-a-half stars out of five commenting that the album "shines with excellence."[12] Haydon Spenceley writing for Cross Rhythms gave it a perfect ten squares calling them "17-strong set of songs" that shows "this a beautifully rounded piece of work."[10] At Christianity Today, Robert Ham gave it four stars out of five noting how "The group drives this point home by melding the disc's 17 songs into a seamless whole."[9] Kevin Davis writing for Christian Music Review gave it a perfect ten stars affirming that "To add to the uniqueness of the album, the 17 songs on the album play continuously from beginning to end with one song blending into the next."[8] At New Release Tuesday, Kevin McNeese gave it a perfect five stars proclaiming that "They have produced an entertaining album full of vertical lyrics that never point anywhere else but up and created a subgenre that they can own all by themselves."[14] Derek Walker of The Phantom Tollbooth gave it four-and-a-half stars calling this "Intense, majestic and full of life, if a tad overblown, this is the sort of music the church needs more of."[15] At Louder Than the Music, Suzanne Physick gave it four stars out of five alluding to how this was a "very arty album" that's "full of very atmospheric, almost anthemic sounds and a great listen."[13] Grading the album an A, Alpha Omega News' Ken Wiegman writing that "The new techno sound gives a breath of life to the project and it is very intentional at getting the songs planted into your brain."[7]


In 2010, the album won a Dove Award for Praise & Worship Album of the Year at the 41st GMA Dove Awards. It was also nominated for Rock/Contemporary Album of the Year, while the song "How He Loves" was nominated for Rock/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year.[16]

Track listingEdit

Album release
1."Phos Hilaron (Hail Gladdening Light)"David Crowder2:06
2."Alleluia, Sing"David Crowder4:30
3."The Nearness" (featuring Lacey Sturm)David Crowder, Michael Dodson, Mike Dodson3:55
4."Shadows"David Crowder3:26
5."Eastern Hymn"David Crowder6:26
6."SMS (Shine)"David Crowder, Jack Parker3:18
7."The Veil"David Crowder4:19
8."We Are Loved"David Crowder, Michael Dodson, Mike Dodson4:17
9."All Around Me" (Flyleaf cover)Sameer Bhattacharya, James Culpepper, Jared Hartmann, Lacey Mosley4:37
10."How He Loves" (John Mark McMillan cover)John Mark McMillan5:19
11."Can I Lie Here"David Crowder, Mike Hogan, Mark Waldrop3:24
12."Birmingham (We Are Safe)"David Crowder3:38
13."Church Music - Dance (!)"Jeremy Bush, David Crowder, Jack Parker3:52
14."What a Miracle"David Crowder3:41
15."Oh, Happiness"David Crowder, Jack Parker3:17
16."God Almighty, None Compares"Jeremy Bush, David Crowder, Jack Parker, Mark Waldrop6:51
17."In the End (O Resplendent Light!)"Jeremy Bush, David Crowder6:53
Total length:73:44



  • David Crowder – vocals, acoustic guitar, programming
  • Jack Parker – electric guitar, keys, programming
  • Mark Waldrop – electric guitar, glockenspiel, programming
  • Mike Dodson – bass, piano, keys, cello, clarinet, programming
  • Mike Hogan – violin, turn-tables, programming
  • B-Wack – drums, percussion, drum machine, programming


  1. ^ "Music Charts, Most Popular Music, Music by Genre & Top Music Charts". Retrieved 2012-02-09.
  2. ^ "David Crowder*Band Releases New Record Church Music Slated for Sept. 22". Christian Newswire. Retrieved 2012-02-09.
  3. ^ "Krutch Cancels at Creation, Christian Music Reviews". 2009-07-23. Retrieved 2012-02-09.
  4. ^ "David Crowder*Band, "Church Music" Review". 2009-09-22. Retrieved 2012-02-09.
  5. ^ Church Music Magazine (included with album pre-orders)
  6. ^ a b Johnson, Jared (September 22, 2009). "Church Music - David Crowder Band". Allmusic. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  7. ^ a b Wiegman, Ken (October 9, 2009). "David Crowder Band – Church Music". Christian Music Review. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  8. ^ a b Davis, Kevin (August 28, 2009). "David Crowder*Band [Church Music] (2009)". Christian Music Review. Archived from the original on March 29, 2010. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  9. ^ a b Ham, Robert (September 22, 2009). "David Crowder Band: Church Music". Christianity Today. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  10. ^ a b Spenceley, Haydon (November 10, 2009). "Review: Church Music - David Crowder Band". Cross Rhythms. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  11. ^ a b Chamberlin, Kevin (September 21, 2009). "David Crowder*Band, "Church Music" Review". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  12. ^ a b DiBiase, John (September 22, 2009). "David Crowder*Band, "Church Music" Review: Second Staff Opinion". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  13. ^ a b Physick, Suzanne (October 1, 2009). "Reviews - David Crowder Band - Church Music". Louder Than the Music. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  14. ^ a b McNeese, Kevin (January 4, 2010). "Top 10 Album Of 2009". New Release Tuesday. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  15. ^ a b Walker, Derek (September 22, 2009). "Review of The Phantom Tollbooth". The Phantom Tollbooth. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  16. ^ 41st Annual GMA Dove Awards nominees announced on The Tennessean (February 18, 2010)