First off, in no way do I think Kevin's music falls on deaf ears. The devoted fans he has love his music, they appreciate it because they can not only relate to Kevin, but his 'deep' lyrical content that others often don't touch.
Second, the only way Kevin would be accepted in the mainstream would involve him compromising his creative values. I.g., do a worship album that features mac powell and jeremy camp. (Although I think Kevin and Jennifer Knapp would make a good team, considering both have been rejected by mainstream CCM) The only albums that chart or are popular in christian music all sound the same.
He makes good music. And all this dc talk gibberish... the 3 boys all had music come out this year, and all of their albums received mediocre reviews. Critics complained Toby follows a formula and theyre getting sick of it (which is true, he does follow a formula that works), they complained Michael with the Newsboys couldn't live up to the legacy of Peter Furler...everyone give Kevin a hard time but without the Newsboys Michael wasn't even on the map anymore. And Kevin...I don't even know what they are complaining about his new album this time. His music is amazing...its just not made to be mainstream. If he sold out and got some work under a great producer and disciplined his creativity with the purpose of selling out, I'm sure he'd do great.
The fact is that fame is just as fleeting as beauty is deceptive...Kevin has an integrity that not everyone can or will understand, Larry Norman and Petra were outcasts in their time. Christian Rock unto itself was persecuted by Christians. They (we) are an intolerant bunch, I'm ashamed to say. Petra and Larry Norman were rejected for loving rock and roll, people said they were sinners and not Christian. Jennifer Knapp has been rejected for her choice in a partner, and Kevin...Kevin Max has been rejected for so many different reasons we need not list them all, yet listen to their lyrics, what they have to say...regardless of any judgement or criticism, their integrity to seek and pursue God remains unchanged. Quantity ought not to matter, because if his music brings just one person closer to God, makes one person seek Christ, wasn't it all worth it, even if it was only that one?
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