It’s easy to forget sometimes that the Christian music business is just that. It’s business. It costs money to produce CDs. For those who are in demand to the extent that they perform full-time, they have to support themselves and their families.
For some time this has even extended to the area of worship music. As The Blah Blah notes, we even have star worship leaders. Of course you can’t blame someone if they are so good at what they do in a genre that people want to listen to. Even as an Orthodox convert, I can’t help (or at least don’t help) being a bit jealous of the talents of Chris Tomlin or David Crowder. I used to crank out some worship tunes (and have a couple new tunes in the hopper), and some have been done in more than one church, but I’ve not found the consistency of creating a hook that demands mass publication. I also don’t have that smooth light clean tenor voice that turns a worship leader into a recording artist.
The worst of the Christian music business is when disputes over power, control and money spill into the public domain – especially when it results in resorting to the courts. That’s what happened with The Imperials. There are now three groups trying to stay in business using that name.