Does Southern Gospel copy CCM?
Fairly often, reviewers of progressive Southern Gospel CDs draw comparisons to Contemporary Christian Music groups 15-20 years ago. Sometimes the comparisons are positive (“brings to mind 4HIM or Phillips, Craig, and Dean”) and sometimes they’re critical (“this keyboard/synth sound was cheesy in ’90s CCM, and it’s still cheesy today!”) Okay, I didn’t actually say that last one, but I did think it not too long ago!
But when these comparisons are made, dissenters frequently pop up in the comments, asserting that said songs sound nothing like an earlier iteration of CCM.
While one blog post is unlikely to permanently settle the debate, I would be intrigued to hear from the frequent dissenters (as well as, naturally, those who would agree.) Do some progressive Southern Gospel soundtrack arrangements copy trends popular in CCM 15 or 20 years before? Why or why not?
Should they? Why or why not?