Christian music for tweens

Voni - posted on 10/30/2008 ( 20 moms have responded )

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I have 3 daughters that are so into music. They are really into the Jonas Brothers which isn't too bad, but I would rather they be singing other lyrics at the top of their voice. I did a little research and found some music that they like. The Rubyz is a girl band that they like. I found a concert series that they are in and am taking my girls to it. Has anybody heard of the ishine live concert tour? Is it a good experience? We are taking some of their friends as well and want to make sure it will be a good thing in the long run.

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Jennifer - posted on 10/30/2008

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We really like Jump 5, Pure NRG, Addison Road, Brit Nicole, Zoegirl and Barlow Girl. You can find all of them on Christianbook.com or itunes.

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You need some KLOVE!

If you go to www.klove.com

you can find a station in or near your area. They play Christian 'pop' all the time and they are awesome!

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Voni - posted on 12/02/2008

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Just an update on the ishine concert tour. My girls and their friends had a fabulous time. Their favorite was The Rubyz which are three young girls very much geared to tweens. They also loved Luke Benward. He is an actor on Disney channel but is also a Christian. He was the MC for the tour but also contributed 4-5 songs through out the night. The other artist was Robert Pierre. The girls liked him too but didn't have the wow factor that Luke and Rubyz did. As a parent I liked Robert Pierre the most. He was the only that played and instrument and had a full live band. He seemed more sincere in his message and led the audience in a worship song. Luke sang to a soundtrack and the Rubyz lipsynced. :( The Rubyz did a lot of dancing which may be the logic for lipsyncing. The kids didn't notice so they thought they were great.They also had a speaker, Paige Armstrong. She talked about surviving cancer. It was all good.

End result. I hear my kids listening to these artists more often than other main stream stuff which makes me happy. The experience definitely surpassed my expectation to get them excited about Christian artists. I would recommend it to anyone. ishine live is supposedly having 70 shows in the year 2009. Check out their website at www.ishinelive.com for more info.

Thanks to all of you with your input and advice

Glynis - posted on 12/02/2008

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Voni,
Since your girls are so into the Jonas Brothers, perhaps you could have the girls do a little internet research on them, their beliefs, their religion, how each got started, etc. Perhaps you could even find out what Christian artists the Jonas Brothers themselves like! I'll bet that would make an instant hit with the girls.

Amber - posted on 12/01/2008

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One music source that I haven't noticed here is Vineyard Music, we have iPods and the music stores online sell these as well as all the other music out there. Vineyard Music is very similar to all others listed here which we listen to all of these christian artists/music too!

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Wow! I am so glad I stumbled onto this community! My daughter is getting an MP3 player for Christmas and I wanted to preload some good music in it for her as she is only 8 and just starting to get into the "music thing". Great ideas! She likes Casting Crowns a little bit and likes Newboys a little bit but I will have to check out some of these other bands as well for her as she tends to like totally different styles than me (aka--she likes rock and I like softer stuff). Thanks!!

Chasity - posted on 11/21/2008

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Recently my 11yr old and I attended a Christian Conference called Believe. The Rubyz played at this conference and it was a life changing time. Great memories were made. I highly recomend anything they perform at. Good luck!

Gina - posted on 11/14/2008

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We have 3 boys (who like us) all love rock music. Some of the harder and louder stuff at times. So, we started playing Pillar, Skillet, Kutless and Switchfoot. Now they are learning those songs and liking them just as much or more than others. They are 7,8, and 10...so we are hoping they will take these artists and continue listening into their teems. For some of the slower softer kind...we listen to Jeremy Camp and Chris Tomlin. I am pretty sure girls would like Jeremy Camp!

Victoria - posted on 11/14/2008

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I recommend Relient K. They have a lot of albums. All are good. I haven't heard enough of the second album though. the self titled and Mhmm albums are good though. The Rocket Summer and Mae are good ones too.

Linnea - posted on 11/14/2008

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I totally agree my kids are almost 9 and 6 and they both listen to KLOVE with me. Here is the link www.klove.com
We love the Newsboys, Casting Crowns, Brandon Heath, Jeremy Camp and there is a group out of Australia names Hillsong they are led by different singers but ultimately they love all the music that comes from down under! Look for Hillsong United or Kids Hillsongs music. www.hillsong.com
Amazing stuff, also Veggie Tales has some silly songs my kids love too. Heres the link www.bigideafun.com
And Phil Joel has a website for kids heres the link http://www.deliberatekids.com/

Lisa - posted on 11/12/2008

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Our family listens to KLOVE (www.klove.com) every day. They play a variety of contemporary music. Right now our favorites are Third Day, Casting Crowns, Barlow Girls, Toby Mac, etc. It's a great website to get info on the artists as well.

Mindy - posted on 11/10/2008

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Hi I'm Mindy and New here. I have 2 kids, a gil 13 and a boy 9. We almost only listen to christian music now. I haven't heard of that group (but my daughter read an article in brio mag. from focus on the family about them) We try to go to any concerts in our area we can my kids LOVE it.. Your girls might like a group called Pure NRG. They are young and have pretty good songs. ( they remind me of some of the groups I've seen on disney) They also have DVDs where they do all kinds of dancing and gymnastics. My daughter meet the boy in the group and he seems like his heart is in the right place.



PS. I would also recomend Brio Magazine for those teen and preteen girls... Lots of stuff on music, movies, fashion and all kinds of stuff from a christian point of view.

Victoria - posted on 11/06/2008

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Girls always go through phases of music when it comes to things like little boys they think are cute. It will pass as they grow though, i'm sure. If it helps though, My aunt actually watched the Jonas brothers grow up (she went to church with them, their father was the preacher) and she says they are good kids. hopefully the fame won't take them away from the Lord and their focus though! I don't know much about Christian bands other than underground lesser known ones but I am sure that taking them to a big Christian concert will really help inspire them to grow more into appreciating Christian bands and the messages they serve.

Melissa - posted on 11/06/2008

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I might suggest WNAZ.com. It is a station local to Nashville, TN, but can be heard streaming live. It is considered progressive Christian music. Occasionally, you will hear a basketball game, as it is affiliated with a Christian university-but most of the time it is commercial free music. As it is affiliated with a university the music took a huge turn a few years back so that it would attract teens and college students. I am 34, but my children (5 yr-old boy and 7 yr-old girl) love the music. They play bands like Skillet, Pillar, Second Day Slumber, Barlow Girl, Addison Road, Hawk Nelson, etc.

Voni - posted on 11/04/2008

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Thanks for your input. I'll will definitely take a listen at the bands all of you suggested. Do you think any of those bands would be appropriate to take to their concert? My girls are 8 and 11. They beg to go see Jonas Brothers but I'd rather take them to a Christian concert. I think whatever I expose them too they will get excited about it. Experiencing it live will make a big impact on them.

Tracy - posted on 11/04/2008

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My family is very music oriented. My husband likes to rock & he likes loud. My children have never heard him say "turn that racket down". We have never tried to impose our tastes on our children. They are teens now but have grown up listening to everything from Phil Keaggy, & Petra to Paul Baloche, Skillet & Pillar. We also have our secular favs: Paul McCartney, BB King, Louis Armstrong, & Billy Joel, etc. Our children have their contemporary favs but they love our music too. I can't say I like all their music, but I give them the freedom to enjoy it even if it's not for me. I think that music is a multi-generational thing. We listened to what our parents liked, added our own thing, and passed that to our children. They will add they thing and pass it to their children and so the music grows & changes through history. I think the key to fostering a love of music is giving the respect you expect & finding the common ground together. That is what makes music special. Technological gimics can't replace sharing each other's worlds in mutual respect. We're not into the latest trends much at our house. We explore new things but we never let go of our old favs. Our music library is enormous!

Tara - posted on 11/03/2008

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I have not heard of the groups involved in ishine. Let me tell you, I listen to a lot of contemporary christian music. My current favorites are HAWK NELSON, KJ-52, Skillet, Sanctus Real, Zoe Girl, Barlow Girl, Tree 53, there are a ton. Look them up and see if you can turn your kids onto them. Also these bands play on two nationwide radio stations, Air1 and KLove. Go to air1.com or klove.com to find a station near you.

Mandy - posted on 10/31/2008

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I'm so glad I stopped here! My 8 year old boy is really getting into music. He likes the Jonas Brother's and the Naked Brother's band. They are not too bad but we would like to get him into more Christain music. Now I have a list to start with. Thanks!!!

Voni - posted on 10/31/2008

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ishine is the name of the tour. Several artists are included in the tour ( The Rubyz, Robert Pierre, Luke Benward) We are traveling 5 hours to see it. I hope it is worth it.

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