the vision

“Whoever has ears, let them hear.”Matthew 11:15

God gave us ears for listening, ears for hearing His good Word and ears for hearing His good music.

It’s because of this that I am dedicated to highlighting great Christian music of all genres. Hip-Hop, Rock, Indie, Pop, Electronica, Instrumental, R&B, Folk, Blues, Jazz, Bluegrass, Trap, and many more.

The vision for this channel is to create a space which encourages creativity, gives artists a platform to reach listeners and gives fans a place to find new music.

Since the start of this channel, it has always been about creating a fairer experience for artists - too often websites, radio stations and magazines will ‘sell’ reviews, plays and features to artists. For large, already established artists this isn’t a problem - they already have money from past albums, and from the label they’re signed to that have advertising budgets and the relational connections to get their songs seen and heard on big platforms. But what if an artist who has just recorded their first song in their bedroom has made a far more interesting piece of music? Why shouldn’t they be heard? 

This is the first part of our ethos, that anyone who is making music worth sharing should be heard, and given the same chance. This is why we don’t use album artwork on our channel, because again artists may not have the budget to compete with the artwork of big artists and labels. We let the music speak. If you like the song, there’s links to all the artists’ social media, and places to download or buy their stuff. We do the hard work of finding music, deciding what will be received well on the channel and you as a listener can press play, and then seek after more of the artists that stand out to you.

As a music fan, finding music can be difficult and time consuming

That’s where we help. There’s no long review to read before reaching an actual link to the music (only to discover it’s not to your taste anyway). We don’t litter our website with news piece after news piece using clickbait techniques to bring in more traffic - website traffic doesn’t help us anyway as we don’t have adverts on here. We just feature good songs, plain and simply. Occasionally we do feature reviews, interviews but these are always intentional content that we believe our audience will enjoy and appreciate, and even then the content always runs alongside music featured on our channel. We also curate the music - there are loads of great websites out there for music but how often do you find yourself reading through 10 album reviews before you actually reach some music you enjoy? Hopefully with The Good Christian Music Blog, you’ve found an opinion and an ear for music that you can trust, and enjoy the music we share.

We are in this for the artists and the music fans.

This has never been about building our brand, our image or our following - all of those things are only good because they better help the artists more than ourself. We value the support of the artists we feature and care about the relationships we form with each artist - we never feature music without establishing that connection first. Lastly, we thank you for your continued support as a follower of this platform, and look forward to bringing more and more musical goodness in the future.

Who runs the blog?

The blog is ran mostly by myself and all in my spare time, but without the support and input of family, friends and followers none of this would be possible. I’m now 25 years old, I live in Sheffield with my wife where we are part of a great church called The Well. I work full time for a creative agency called Social We Talk? where I do a mixture of design, branding, social media management, video and photography; and my wife works full time at a local community charity as a Health Improvement Officer. We love our city and all that God is doing here and continue to follow Him in every aspect of our life.

My Background

I grew up in a Christian home but moved away from faith during my late teens (though truthfully I don't think I ever knew Jesus as a child or teenager) , from then on it was a slow journey finding Jesus for myself. Besides Delirious?, I didn't grow up on Christian music or know much besides popular contemporary worship played in church, but as Christ slowly called me back to Himself, He used the music of a few alternative worship and hiphop artists to help show me the gospel. Music has always been a big and important part of my life and it's a joy to share the stuff I find and love with so many people through this website and YouTube channel.

Thanks,
Stephen Bradley