Souled Out: The Truth Behind the Music



Souled Out: The Truth Behind the Music


the truth behind the music


Last year, I spoke to a group of teenagers on the topic of identity. That conversation took an unexpected twist, and I began telling the students how today’s music is way more than meets the eye. The truth behind the music is that there is a very sinister, devious plot to destroy virtue and values and our kids are paying these “artists” to preach this mess to them.

Unfortunately, most of the “mainstream” music on the radio nowadays is full of lyrics that promote drugs, illicit sex, arrogance, violence and the degradation of women. Problem is, most of these songs have “tight” beats and are very catchy.

The truth is you can’t just listen to music for the beat. Studies show that when we listen to music, we engage both sides of our brain, not just one like we do when doing most other activities. The messages these “artists” are sending are doing real damage to our youth.

But it’s not enough to say, “Don’t listen to that.” There is some really great music out here that promotes good values, real fun and has an uplifting message. Much of Christian music falls into this category, but other music does as well.

For those who carefully guard what they listen to, finding quality, fun, thought-provoking music can be a challenge. To help you in your search, I have compiled a list of clean artists, most of whom are Christian or inspirational, but of superb quality and relevance to the issues of our culture. I hope you love this new music and find your heart strengthened by the quality, uplifting lyrics.

I hope you enjoy!

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If You Like                              Then You’ll Love
Alicia Keys HeeSun Lee or Mandisa
Beyonce Michelle Bonilla or Lisa McClendon
Chris Brown Da Truth or Deitrick Haddon
Jeremih Mali Music
Justin Timberlake J.R.
Mary J. Blige Mary Mary
NeYo J Moss
Rhianna Beckah Shae
Usher Canton Jones


Rap/Hip Hop/Trap Music

If You Like Then You’ll Love
Black Eyed Peas Group 1 Crew or Rapture Ruckus
Chief Keef Lil Raskull or Tadeshii
Drake Lecrae
Eminem Andy Mineo
Future J Roe
J Cole Sivion or Flame
Jay Z Da Truth
Kanye West Ambassador
Lil Wayne Trip Lee
Nicki Minaj/Iggy Azalea Mizz Reality
Pitbull T-Bone



If You Like Then You’ll Love
Ariana Grande Moriah Peters or Crystal Lewis
Bruno Mars Toby Mac
Ed Sheeran Chris August
Hozier For King & Country
Katy Perry Stacie Orrico
Maroon 5 Starfield or Method Echo
Megan Trainor Britt Nicole
One Direction The Afters or Avalon
Taylor Swift Francesca Batastelli



If You Like Then You’ll Love
Blake Shelton Danny Gokey
Luke Bryan Josh Turner
Sam Hunt Josh Turner
Florida Georgia Line Rascal Flatts
Carrie Underwood Larissa
Miranda Lambert Kali Rose
Keith Urban Tommy Brandt
Jake Owen James Kilbane


Hard Rock/Heavy Metal

If You Like Then You’ll Love
AC/DC Project 86
Evanescence Barlow Girl
Nickelback Kutless or Switchfoot
Foo Fighters Reliant K
The Pretty Reckless Thousand Foot Krutch
Papa Roach Run Kid Run
Royal Blood Skillet
Slipknot The Showdown


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