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Is The Devil Wears Prada a Christian band? 

The bands name was from the Lauren Weisburger book titled The Devil Wears Prada. The lead singer, Mike Hranica had this to say about the band name over at TDWP Myspace blog.

"What we believe it to mean is that possessions don't matter at all and someday everyone will realize that this is true. When standing before God, He won't care about your sweet Prada scarf or Gucci shoes or whatever. It's a Christian reasoning for the name, we didn't name it to attempt at being fashionable or whatever."

Sounds like a Christian thing to say to me. All of the members in the band are Christians and the lyrics to a lot of their songs have a clear Christian message. From what I understand at their concerts they usually do some "preaching" in between songs here and there. 

Here is another quote from Mike clearing the air when accused of taking the label "Christian band" gain success and make money.

"Some people will say 'You're just a band that wants to cash in on God.' But that is absurd. If we were trying to make money, we wouldn't be in a Christian band. I mean, sex sells, and cursing your mind off on stage sells a lot, too."

Here is a great quote from the guitar player Jeremy DePoyster, it's lengthy but it's good.

"We've all accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as our savior, and lead our lives based on that relationship with God. That being said, it is obviously going to have an impact on the music we make. We're not about disrespecting anybody or shoving our beliefs down anyone's throat, but we're also not going to deny the one thing we believe as the ultimate truth. I know Mike's lyrics are largely scripturally and spiritually based, and he can tell you more about that than I can. But I do know that I take comfort in the fact that in a scene so largely based around death, and morbidness, and negativity there are still bands that we play with all the time that look at things without those negative blinders on. We're just not about tearing people down, or lifting ourselves up, because none of that stuff really matters. All that being said, we love you no matter who you are, no matter what your beliefs or dis-beliefs are. We just ask for the same respect back. We are not ashamed to say that we're a Christian band. Every effort we make is for one reason, and one reason alone: our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. We support many bands with many different goals, but we feel that this is what God has called each of us to do. I don't expect everyone to agree with that, and that's fine, but I like to think of I Corinthians 10:31 'Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.'" 

Here is an interview of Mike Hranica where he talks a little about his faith.

And this is a video of The Devil Wears Prada talking about Jesus on stage at the 2011 Warped Tour.

The best thing you can do with this band is take a look at the lyrics to their songs. With this you will be able to tell without a doubt whether The Devil Wears Prada is a Christian band or not.

Lyrics pointing to The Devil Wears Prada being a Christian band

"With bleeding clouds ahead we pray for boldness, we pray for boldness, we pray for undying grace……. Bless the Lord, oh my soul, for these words will never pass."  Album – Dead Throne, Song – Holdfast

"I do it for the lord, I do it for Chicago" Album – Dead Throne, Song – Chicago

"Christ still stands perfect in my mind. Christ still stands perfect in my heart. Jesus is the beautiful structure of love……Beware nihilists, you shal fall by the sword. Oh God, bringeth the day of judgement." Album – Dear Love: A Beautiful Discord, Song – Rosemary Had An Accident

"Don't be ashamed of your faith. Dear Lord, deliver me from hypocrisy and surcease." Album – Dear Love: A Beautiful Discord, Song – Dogs Can Grow Beards All Over.

So Is The Devil Wears Prada a Christian Band? Yes, they say it and their lyrics say it.

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Is Creed a Christian band? 

Many people have questions wondering if Creed is a Christian band due to many references in their songs that may seem to point that way but lead singer Scott Stapp has this to say on that topic.

"We are not a Christian band. This is a question we are asked a lot because of some of the references made in the lyrics. A Christian band has an agenda to lead others to believe in their specific religious beliefs. We have no agenda! Those references were made at a time in my life when I was questioning how I was raised, and searching for where I stood concerning those issues. This is not to say I have abandoned those beliefs, just searching for where they fit into my life."

Bassist Brian Marshall, who named the band, said that singer Scott Stapp uses spiritual imagery as a metaphor. And as for the song Higher, which is one that a lot of people point to as proof of Creed being a Christian band. Scott Stapp says that the song was inspired by a book by Hindu monks which is really about learning to stay "awake in your mind" while sleeping, so you can change your dreams.

While Scott Stapp himself has admitted to being a Christian he has had a rough road through his career. Creed has been sued for putting on a show where Stapp was too drunk to remember lyrics to the songs, he was arrested in an airport for being drunk and disorderly and ended up on a porn movie with Kid Rock and 4 women. 

So a lot of songs may have a Christian feeling to them because Scott Stapp had a Christian upbringing, but most of them are admitted by Stapp himself to be questioning faith or just metaphors.

Lyrics pointing to Creed NOT being a Christian band

As far as I can tell there is no lyrics that would give away clearly that they are not a Christian band. In fact there are many songs that show Scott Stapp himself is clearly a Christian or is questioning Christianity. Because he seems to be on his journey himself still trying to figure out exactly what he believes in this aspect of his life some of the songs may touch others in the same situations. It has also been said that a lot of the Christian aspects are also just metaphors. So may some lyrics hit you in a Christian way, yeah but they may not be Christian at all as far as they are concerned.

So Is Creed a Christian Band? No, although some of their lyrics may speak to Christians or someone on their journey figuring out what they belief as far as Christianity.

 

Is Three Days Grace a Christian band? 

Many people assume because of the name of the band that they may be a Christian band. This is not the case as the lead singer Adam Gontier explains in an interview.

"The name came from when we had day jobs. Brad (the band's bassist) was going to be an accountant, and he'd heard the term "three days grace period" to pay off a debt or something like that. He brought it to us and it sounded pretty cool. A lot of people think we're a Christian rock band because we have the word grace in our name. We are so far from being a Christian rock band."

That seem fairly clear to me, if you listen to the lyrics of Three Days Grace you can tell fairly easily that they are not a Christian band. Yes they may have some songs that sound spiritual but spiritual is a far cry from being Christian usually. They also use profanity in their music, yes I understand that Christians are not perfect and they make the mistake of swearing sometimes but if you have enough time to ponder it between writing it, recording it and releasing it and it's still included, then odds are Christianity is not in your life enough to get you classified as a Christian band, for the most part at least.

Lyrics pointing to Three Days Grace NOT being a Christian band

"By the time you come home, I'm already stoned" Album – Self-titled, Song – Home

"I must be running out of luck. Cause you're just not drunk enough to ****." Album – Self-titled, Song – Wake Up

"Pain, without love. Pain, I can't get enough. Pain, I like it rough. Cause I'd rather feel pain than nothing at all." Album – One-X, Song – Pain

  

So Is Three Days Grace a Christian Band? No

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Is Switchfoot a Christian band? 

Here are some quotes straight from the band.

"For us, it's a faith, not a genre. We've always been very open and honest about where the songs are coming from. For us, these songs are for everyone. Calling us Christian rock tends to be a box that closes some people out and excludes them. And that's not what we're trying to do. Music has always opened my mind and that's what we want."

"My faith, I mean, that's such a personal aspect that a lot of times, of course it's going to come out through the song. But at the same time, I'm not a religious salesman. I feel like god doesn't really need a salesman, and what these songs are simply my interactions with this life and learning. I guess the bottom line is the songs are really honest, you know what I mean. That faith is going to come through. If the listener is looking for it, that's definitely a part of it."

Jon Foreman said this about the song The Loser. “The song itself is about the upside down aspect of the kingdom of God, the Kingdom of Heaven. How the last will be first, and the first will be last. Blessed are the people who are on the bottom because they’re gonna be on top. That’s what The Loser is about.”

Switchfoot is a band of all Christians. They started out being signed to an independent record label called Re:think Records they wanted to be signed to a label that did not have a Christian background so they could reach a wider  range of people with their music. Re:think Records was bought out by the Christian record label Sparrow Records. This gave them the label of a Christian Band early on in their careers. They did not get mainstream success until they had four of their songs included in the movie A Walk To Remember, a clearly Christian influenced movie. They were then signed to Columbia Records they felt they were able to bring their music to a broader audience, which is what they had intended in the first place. Here is what the lead singer had to say on all this.

"(Signing to Columbia was) a realization of something that we'd wanted to be from the beginning," Foreman explains. "When we were signed to re:think Records, the goal was to get the music out to everybody. When Sparrow bought re:think Records, it was evident that our music wasn't going to be in the hands of everybody. As a Christian, I have a lot to say within the walls of the church. But also, as a Christian, I've got a lot to say just about life in general. So to be able to be on Columbia and on Sparrow felt like the realization of the two sides of what we had to say. It's a dream come true to be able to have songs that are outside of the box."

For a hand full of years they kept away from the Christian music scene because they thought that all the speculation of whether or not they were a Christian band took away from their music. They didn't play Christian music festivals or do interviews with Christian magazines. They have since dropped this and started playing Christian music festivals again and have been featured in Christian publications. They have also been nominated for and won numerous Dove awards, a Christian entertainment awards show.

To finish of I would like to add a lengthy response to this question from the lead singer Jon Foreman, I enjoyed it hope you do too.

"To be honest, this question grieves me because I feel that it represents a much bigger issue than simply a couple Switchfoot tunes. In true socratic form, let me ask you a few questions. Does Lewis or Tolkien mention Christ in any of their fictional series? Are Bach's sonata's Christian? What is more Christ-like, feeding the poor, making furniture, cleaning bathrooms, or painting a sunset? There is a schism between the sacred and the secular in all of our modern minds.

The view that a pastor is more Christian than a girls volleyball coach is flawed and heretical. The stance that a worship leader is more spiritual than a janitor is condescending and flawed. These different callings and purposes further demonstrate God's sovereignty.

Many songs are worthy of being written. Switchfoot will write some, Keith Green, Bach, and perhaps yourself have written others. Some of these songs are about redemption, others about the sunrise, others about nothing in particular, written for the simple joy of music.

None of these songs has been born again, and to that end there is no such thing as Christian music. No, Christ didn't come and die for my songs, he came for me. Yes, my songs are a part of my life. But judging from scripture I can only conclude that our God is much more interested in how I treat the poor and the broken and the hungry than the personal pronouns I use when I sing. I am a believer. Many of these songs talk about this belief. An obligation to say this or do that does not sound like the glorious freedom that Christ died to afford me.

I do have an obligation, however, a debt that cannot be settled by my lyrical decisions. My life will be judged by my obedience, not my ability to confine my lyrics to this box or that.

We all have a different calling, Switchfoot is trying to be obedient to who we are called to be. We're not trying to be Audio Adrenalin or U2 or POD or Bach, we're trying to be Switchfoot. You see, a song that has the words, "Jesus Christ," is no more or less Christian than an instrumental piece. You see Jesus didn't die for any of my tunes. So there is no hierarchy of life or songs or occupation only obedience. We have a call to take up our cross and follow. We can be sure that these roads will be different for all of us. Just as you have one body and every part has a different function, so in Christ we who are many form one body and each of us belongs to all the others. Please be slow to judge others who have a different calling." 

Lyrics pointing to Switchfoot being a Christian band

"I look to find you. Down on my knees. Oh God, I believe, please help me believe….. I'm a believer, help me believe." Album – New Way To Be Human, Song – Sooner Or Later

"And I lay my head back down. And I lift my hands and pray to be only yours. I pray to be only yours. I know now you're my only hope." Album – New Way To Be Human, Song – Only Hope

"As the heavens are caving in. Mysterious ways. Why God gave His life. To put motion inside my soul. Album – Learning To Breathe, Song – Love is the Movement

"I don't belong here. I'm gonna set sight and set sail for the kingdom come. I will carry a cross and a song where I don't belong. But i don't belong, I don't belong here. Kingdom come, Your kingdom come." Album – The Beautiful Letdown, Song – Beautiful Letdown

So Is Switchfoot a Christian Band? Yes, they just don't like labels because that can make people feel excluded. The label "Christian Band" may exclude someone that they could have otherwise touched with their music.

 

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Is Paramore a Christian band? 

This is how they responded in an interview when asked the question

Hayley said, "We're actually atheists. (she laughs) No, personally, we believe in Jesus Christ." and Josh said, "We are Christian, but we're not a Christian band. We're just like everyone else, you know? We have our own beliefs."

Ok, so they are all Christians but don't take the label "Christian Band". Paramore have been labeled and promoted as a Christian band at times, not by them personally but by others that assumed they were because they do not hide the fact that they are all Christians, and Hayley has said it influences her music. Since then two of the members have left the band and were quoted saying 

“Hayley presented lyrics to us that were really negative and we didn’t agree with. For example, ‘the truth never set me free,’ which contradicts what the Bible says in John 8:32 (‘and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall sat you free’). We fought her about how her lyrics misrepresented our band and what we stood for, but in the end she got her way. Instead of fighting her any longer, we decided to just roll over and let it go.” also saying about it “Paramore claimed to be a Christian band, and then wrote those lyrics. It contradicts your faith.” 

I haven't seen anywhere that any of the members claim to be a Christian band but they do say they are Christians so saying things contrary to that can turn people off I guess. There has also been an incident where the lead singer posted "by accident" topless pictures of herself on her twitter page. So people making the mistake of labeling them Christian kinda went out the window in a hurry.

Lyrics pointing to Paramore NOT being a Christian band

"The truth never set me free. So, I'll do it myself." Album – Brand New Eyes, Song – Careful

To be honest I wouldn't exactly call these anti-Christian, she could be singing about a hard time in her life, who knows but her and God. But I can see where this is the lyric that is pointed to. To be honest I don't really see many lyrics that would make me think they are a Christian band.

So Is Paramore a Christian Band? No. They do say that they are Christians but it doesn't seem to come out to me in the lyrics.

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Is Lifehouse a Christian band? 

The founding members of Lifehouse, Jason Wade and Sergio Andrade, met at Vineyard, a Christian church in California. They played in a worship band that eventually took the name Blyss. Blyss has since turned to Lifehouse and the members have been shuffled around a bit. They currently have people in their lineup that are not Christians.

So is Lifehouse a Christian band? Here is how lead singer Jason Wade has answered this question.

In a Rolling Stone interview he said, "My music is spiritually based, but we don't want to be labeled as a 'Christian band,' because all of a sudden people's walls come up and they won't listen to your music and what you have to say."

In an interview with the Daily Bruin Online Jason said, "We are not a 'Christian band,' but I'm a Christian, and the bass player [Sergio] is a Christian"

So no they do not take the label of "Christian Band" and technically all the members are no longer Christians. But what about a band makes them Christian to you? A big factor for me is the lyrics and with Jason Wade the lyrics are very heavily influenced by his Christian faith. So maybe the guitar player or drummer isn't Christian, but how can that come out in the music? All that comes out is Jason's clearly Christian lyrics. There are a long list of bands with Christian faiths that have said they don't want the label because they feel it could turn some people off before they even give the music a chance. Is this because they want to reach more people with the clear Christian message? or do they think it might make less money if they just stay in the category "Christian Band"? I don't really know that's between them and God. 

Jason Wade himself has long been rumored to have been working on a Christian Worship album as a solo project. This project eventually became called Mr. Tumnus. This band may or may not involve current and/or past members of Lifehouse, many rumors have been passed around. But the fact that he wants to put out a worship album is something he himself has stated, we just don't know all the details or when this will ever finally come out.

Lyrics pointing to Lifehouse being a Christian band

"Spin around one more time, and gracefully fall back to the arms of Grace….. I want nothing more than to sit outside heaven's door and listen to you breathing…. I'm trying to identify the voices in my head. God, which one's you?" Album – No Name Face, Song – Breathing

There are many songs that have lyrics that can be assumed they are about God but most of them could also be argued that they are about a wife, girlfriend or lover. It has been said that some of the songs that were on the No Name Face album were also used when they were playing as a worship band, but I can not confirm this 100%.

So Is Lifehouse a Christian Band? Well since not all of the members are Christians anymore I would say "Technically" No, but the lyrics are faith based so it goes in my Christian music category.

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Is Red a Christian band? 

 

They do not hide the fact in interviews, that's for sure. Here is some comments made by Red guitar player Anthony Armstrong in an interview with Tracy Darlington.

"At the end of the day we're Christians before anything. That's exactly the reason we're doing what we're doing. We've been saved by grace, this is what it's done for us, and we believe that it can do the same for you." 

"We always like to call ourselves a Christian band because that’s what we are. If they ask us if we’re a Christian band, we tell them yes. And if they ask us why, we tell them why."

Red got their start on Essential Records, a Christian record label, and has been on numerous Christian compilations. They have been nominated for the Best Rock Gospel Album Grammy award and have been nominated for Dove, a Christian awards show, awards as well. Although it may not always seem their lyrics reflect a Christian band, they sometimes hit the darker side of being a Christian. The darker side? Yes, there is sin and we are all sinners and so are they. They don't get really detailed or use inappropriate language but they have had their share of struggles. But in the end they focus on the fact that they are, REDeemed, and saved by Jesus Christ.

Lyrics pointing to Red being a Christian band

"We are undying, we are forever. We won't hide our faces from the light. Eliminate the space between us, It's who we are, We are forever" Album – Until We Have Faces, Song – Who We Are

"Then I see your face. I know I'm finally yours. I find everything I thought I lost before. You call my name, I come to you in pieces. So you can make me whole" Album – End Of Silence, Song – Pieces

So no, they never say "God or Jesus" but you can fill in the blanks yourself.

So Is Red a Christian Band? Yes, although the lyrics may be a little on the dark side for younger kids maybe wait until they are old enough to understand the perspective they are coming from.

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Is Skillet a Christian band? 

Well you don't have to look much further than an interview the lead singer, John Cooper, did with the Lansing State Journal.

Cooper says, " I think I'm so adamant about not wanting to get rid of my Christian stance because it helped me so much in my early life. I'm not embarrassed about it, and I'm not silent about it in interviews. If people ask, "Are you a Christian band?" my response is, "Yeah, I love it."

Both of the co-founders of the band were previously from Christian bands, John Cooper from Seraph and Ken Steorts from Urgent Cry. They toured together with their previous bands and shortly after both of the bands broke up. It was their pastor that recommended that they team up to form a new band together. Another factor pointing to them being a Christian band is that they were first signed to ForeFront Records, a Christian record label. Skillet has been on the Christian Billboard charts many times for their music, and have gotten Grammy awards for Best Rock Gospel Album and a Dove Award, which is an award show for Christian media. Finally proof that Skillet is a Christian band comes out in their lyrics, while not always saying God or Jesus specifically their music revolves around God and if the song isn't directly about God it's about life coming from a Christians perspective.

Lyrics pointing to Skillet being a Christian band

"Lifting up my voice, To the God who really sees, The God who is consumed, With loving thoughts of me…….Jesus, I'm safe with you." Album – Self-titled, Song – Safe With You

So Is Skillet a Christian Band? Yes Absolutely!!!

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Is Flyleaf a Christian band? 

This is a post from the Flyleaf official Myspace blog.

"To clear everything up we are all Christians. We all love God and strive to live and perceive the world like Jesus would. Not necessarily like today's "Church" would, but how the apostle's and, more importantly, how Jesus explained how we should by the examples given to us in the Bible. Yes, we are Christians. But there is a dispute among everyone, even us in the band. Not one that we fight about, but one that is light-hearted and fun to discuss. It's the issue of whether we are a "Christian band" or not, and what that means. If you asked us, the band, that question we'd all give a different answer. One would say, "Of course we're a Christian band. It's why are together doing this, at all." Then one of us would chime in and say, "Yes, that is true to why we are together doing this and it's what keeps us together, but we are five individual songwriters who are Christians and who started a band. "

So they are all Christians and they play in a band together. Their lyrics are clearly influenced by their Christian beliefs. But for whatever reason they don't want the label "Christian Band." Maybe they want to reach a larger audience and feel the label will scare off people before they even listen. Maybe they feel it will hinder their ability to sell more records. Maybe they don't want to be labeled with bands that say they are but don't, "practice what they preach." I don't really know that answer and from what I've read they will give a variety of reasons they don't take the label. But their real intentions behind it are between them and God, I am not their judge. As far as I can tell their lyrics are influenced greatly by their Christian faith, and have a good Christian message. And they are all Christians in a band.

Lyrics pointing to Flyleaf being a Christian band

"Do you believe in God? Written on the bullet, say yes to pull the trigger. Do you believe in God? Written on the bullet, and Cassie pulled the trigger. How many will die? I will die, I will say yes." Album – Self-titled, Song – Cassie

So Is Flyleaf a Christian Band? I'd say yes, they just don't take the label "Christian Band"

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