On/File: A Continuing Record of Groups, Movements, People, and Events Impacting Religion

Maverick City Music, a charismatic Christian singing group and record label, has in a relatively short time gained wide influence in the Christian music industry through its emphasis on worship. Although the Atlanta-based group was founded only three years ago, many of its songs can already be found on church worship setlists worldwide. Even in the midst of the pandemic, Maverick City released five albums and four EPs of original music. The group func^ons as a collective of over 100 different musical artists, as well as a publishing company for corporate worship music and a record label. The group emphasizes diversity, bringing together black and white singers, and authenticity or “rawness” in its sound. There is lihle editing and fine-tuning of the music in the studio as singers combine corporate worship and performance. Many of the songs’ lyrics revolve around the themes of doubt, the person of Christ, and overcoming struggles of faith and life. (Source: Charisma, September)