Andy Osenga’s Indie Christian Music

I’ve got a new article up at the Huffington Post. Here’s an excerpt:

The entire music business is in flux, and contemporary Christian music has not escaped the changes. Digital recording platforms have revolutionized the way music is made — and who can make it. Digital distribution has change the way music reaches the consumer — and who will profit from it. Grassroots and independent models have become more and more successful over the past decade. “Indie,” which was once a synonym for “can’t find a label,” has now become the place where rock ‘n’ roll still happens, and much of today’s great music is being made. In CCM, a genre long controlled by a close knit group of labels, distributors, and marketers centered in Nashville which has tended toward homogeny, the indie artist has become a game changer.

One of the stalwarts of CCM’s indie music scene is an artist named Andrew Osenga. Osenga was the front man for the band The Normals, who were signed to a major label and began touring and performing more than a decade ago. After The Normals disbanded, Osenga took over for the exiting Derek Webb in the band Caedmon’s Call. Since then Osenga has released eight independent albums, built a strong following as an indie artist, and is about to embark on his ninth independent project which promises to be his most unique.

Osenga is an insomniac who makes up stories to help himself fall asleep… Read more here.

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Tim Suttle is the senior pastor of He is the author of several books including his most recent - Shrink: Faithful Ministry in a Church Growth Culture (Zondervan 2014), Public Jesus (The House Studio, 2012), & An Evangelical Social Gospel? (Cascade, 2011). Tim's work has been featured at The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, Sojourners, and other magazines and journals.

Tim is also the founder and front-man of the popular Christian band Satellite Soul, with whom he toured for nearly a decade. The band's most recent album is "Straight Back to Kansas." He helped to plant three thriving churches over the past 13 years and is the Senior Pastor of Redemption Church in Olathe, Kan. Tim's blog, Paperback Theology, is hosted at Patheos.

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