Religious music (also sacred music) is any type of music that is performed or composed for religious use or through religious influence. It may overlap with ritual music, which is music, sacred or not, performed or composed for or as ritual. The introduction of church organ music is traditionally believed to date from the time of the papacy of Pope Vitalian in the 7th century.
23 Religious artists within this blog:
Balthasar Newman-Choir & Orchestra (1991- ). Located in Freiburg, Germany. ”Mass in Moll Nesse” Post 55 (https://youtu.be/fmcJQCGACnE) (RQ 10).
Biggham, Rev. Milton. From Newark, NJ. He won Grammys for producing Rev. James Cleveland’s albums “Lord, Let Me Be an Instrument” (1980) and “Having Church” (1990). A sample: “What a Fellowship” Post 48 (https://youtu.be/wsNIT5fKzzs) (RQ 9).
Collegium Vocale (9 singers). Is a Belgian musical ensemble of vocalists and supporting instrumentalists, founded by Philippe Herreweghe.“Coventry Carole” Post 55 (https://youtu.be/Y-x-zS9ex58) (RQ 10).
Day, Andra (37 yrs old). From Edmonds, WA. She is the recipient of various accolades, including a Grammy Award and a Golden Globe Award, in addition to nominations for an Academy Award and a Daytime Emmy Award. A sample song: “Rise Up” Post 37 (https://youtu.be/lwgr_IMeEgA) (RQ 10+).
L’Escolania Choir – 33 boys, 1 female solo (1223- ). From Barcelona, Spain. A song of theirs: “Jo Em Rebel-Lo” Post 55 (https://youtu.be/up06KSoQgoM) (RQ 10).
Fiskum, Zan (25 yrs old). From Seattle, WA. Uses her haunting and beautifully controlled singing to craft ethereal and brooding folk/pop songs. A sample: “Forbidden Art” Post 37 (https://youtu.be/RqP9NoJ9EKo) (RQ 10).
Jackson, Mahalia. From New Orleans , LA. Obe of her famous songs: “Amazing Grace” Post 18 (https://youtu.be/ZJg5Op5W7yw) (RQ 7).
Johnson, Louisa (24 yrs old). From Thurrock, UK. In 2015, she won the twelfth series of The X Factor. A song of hers: “Forever Young” Post 37 (https://youtu.be/8Z9BE2Pz_VA) (RQ 10).
Kings College Choir (1441- ). From Cambridge, England. A song of theirs: “Miserere Mei Deus” Post 55 (https://youtu.be/IX1zicNRLmY) (RQ 9).
Marvanne, Rhema (19 yrs old). From Carrollton, TX. She recorded this song seven years ago:“Amazing Grace” Post 37 (https://youtu.be/DDDlxmsciqY) (RQ 10).
Mississippi Mass Choir (-988- ). Led by Moses Uvere. From Jackson, MS. “Old Time Church” Post 55 (https://youtu.be/MRTggpaBR6o) (RQ 7).
Monks of St. Ottilien Abby (1887- ). From Landsburg, Germany. A recording of theirs: “Gregorian Chant” Post 48 (https://youtu.be/rly1kJOaUxs) (RQ 9).
Monteverdi Virginis Choir & Ensemble (1610- ). From Lower Manhattan, NY. “Desterae (1610)” Post 55 (https://youtu.be/ZVhsw-BIZOI) (RQ 9).
New College Oxford – Mens/Boys Choir (1379- ). From Oxford, UK. “Miserere Mei Deus Allegri” Post 55 (https://youtu.be/ZfmTIRN3efs) (RQ 9).
Paul, Jermaine (1979- ). From Harriman, NY (100 miles north of NYC). He is the winner of season 2 of American talent competition The Voice. A song of his: “Butterfly Kisses” Post 53 (https://youtu.be/1zmj_AdF0po) (RQ 10).
Shomyo. “Buddist Ritual Chant” Is derived from a Chinese adaptation of Indian Vedic chants and thought to have been elaborated in Japan in the 8th century by monks returning from China. Post 49. A sample recording: (https://youtu.be/Qe7Rer-q0eg) (RQ 8).
Sayaque, Rebecca (12 yrs old, & violinist). From France. Won The Voice Kids in 2020. Her recording: “You Raise Me Up” Post 37 (https://youtu.be/8Wk2FGlEKHY) (RQ 10).
St. Paul’s Cathedral Choir. From Salisbury, UK. In 2025, St. Paul’s will admit girls for the first time since 1122. One recording: “The Lord Bless You” Post 55 (https://youtu.be/kSM3g8IgoZE) (RQ 9).
Tabernacle Choir (used to be Morman). Located in Salt Lake City, Utah. 360 members. It is part of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It has performed in the Salt Lake Tabernacle for over 100 years. One of their recordings: “Amazing Grace” Post 55 (https://youtu.be/C2arm5ydeJc) (RQ 9).
Tallis Scholars Choir (1973- ). An Oxford, UK professional early music vocal ensemble normally consisting of two singers per part, with a core group of ten singers. They specialise in performing a cappella sacred vocal music. A sample recording: “Victoria’s First Lamination” Post 55 (https://youtu.be/f510B8GFZzI) (RQ 10).
The Cardinal’s Musick Choir (founded in London in 1989). The group is known for its extensive study of English Renaissance music. Members: 4 female and 6 male soloists). Sample recording: “Rehearsal” Post 55 (https://youtu.be/8bMiYnzkZx4) (RQ 10).
Underwood, Carrie (39 yrs old). She rose to prominence after winning the fourth season of American Idol in 2005. One of her famous songs: “Jesus Take the Wheel” Post 23 (https://youtu.be/lydBPm2KRaU) (RQ 10+).
Valli, June (1928-1993). From Fort Lee, NJ. Valli was also a co-star of “Your Hit Parade” for three years in the 1950’s. A sample recording: “Crying in the Chapel” (from 1953) Post 36 (https://youtu.be/HTEgs3TRgrA) (RQ 9).
Wells Cathedral Choir – The Choristers, 18 boys and 12 girls (909- ). From Wells, Sommerset, UK. The choir celebrated its 1100th birthday in 2009. Sample recording: “Oh Lord Support Us” Post 55 (https://youtu.be/C6snzF-i5Sw) (RQ 8).