Jesus Culture is a community of worship leaders and musicians whose heart is to see a generation impacted by encounters with the presence of God.
Jesus Culture Music is the music label for the Jesus Culture Ministry. Its albums feature the worship of the Jesus Culture band, performing a mix of original and cover songs.
Originating out of the Jesus Culture movement which began in 1999, they recorded their first album in 2005 at their youth and young adult conference in Redding, CA. Since then Jesus Culture has released 9 annual live albums and over 20 solo artist albums.
Jesus Culture leads worship both at their local church in Sacramento, CA and abroad through conference events and worldwide tours Jesus Culture is focused on equipping a generation to transform society by bringing people into an encounter with God’s love through worship and discipleship. The songs they release capture the heart of the movement.
Youth worship leaders Kim Walker-Smith, Melissa How and Chris Quilala, long active with the youth group at Bethel Church in Redding, became the core of the Jesus Culture band.
Jesus Culture states the purpose of music in their movement is to “ignite revival in the nations of the earth; to compel the Body of Christ to radically abandon itself to a lifestyle of worship; to encounter His extravagant love and raw power.”
Since 2006, the band has released a number of albums on the Jesus Culture Music label. Their 2011 album, Awakening (Live From Chicago), appeared at No. 133 on the Canadian SoundScan charts. Although the album was reviewed by Christianity Today, who critiqued that “…amps of staggering sound leave little room for thoughtful reflection or deliberate contemplation…”, Jesus Freak Hideout …” praised it for its “very overt sense of passion for the LORD and worshiping him.”
The tenth album entitled “Unstoppable Love” was released in June 2014. Some critics called it “one of their best”, “passionate”, and “powerful”, while others see this newest offering as “a missed opportunity for the band to push themselves a little more musically” other than another CD with musicality that “get[s] bigger and bigger, wider and wider.”
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What is the future for Jesus Culture Music?
The group has this to say:
Our highest ambition is to continue releasing music that brings people into encounters with God. We also hope to encourage young worship leaders who desire to write the songs of revival and use anointed music to ignite an awakening. Our plan is to propagate worship leaders by cultivating them at a deeper level through training and discipleship. As a ministry, we want to create an atmosphere for song writing as we develop young emerging artists — the future voice of a generation.