I know I am a year late to the comment party, but I thought I would inteject a bit.
Many moons ago I was heavily involved (for like 10 years) in the Christian music scene in Canada. Specifically Calgary & Edmonton, but had the chance to go other places with bands as well. I got to work with the likes of Petra, White Heart, Larry Norman, Gaurdian, Rez...among others...including DC Talk. While the styles were different & the audiences diverse, the one thing that all of these guys shared was a sincere honest love for God; a desire to serve & a focus on trying to put on a quality show.
While it is true that it is the merchandise that makes the money that allows you to continue doing what you love, part of being an artist is being true to your calling. And that is what each & everyone one of these guys did. Everything they did/do is/was for God & ultimately for their fans as well.
There are a few truths when it comes to Christian music. One of the most obvious is that the quality isn't always there...lyrically...production...etc. This seems to be changing. Second is that it is never going to be a money-making venture. I think this will always be true. Lastly, is that fans can & always be a fickle bunch. Not true fans...but the fans for the sake of fandom. And it seems in the Christian scene that if you don't have God, jesus or the bible in every verse it ain't sanctified. This seems to be the difference between Christian music & music by Christians.
As far as record sales...quantity does not equal quality. If that was the case, then McDoanld's would be considered gourmet food. All popularity shows is how popular you are at the time. It is nothing more than a snapshot. This would seem to be true of DC Talk among other bands. They were popular at the time, but i don't think they culd rekindle what was gone. It would be interesting to see what they could come up with now of they reformed...similar to what Stryper has been putting out lately.
Because I was out of the scene for a long time & have only started to get back into it, I only recently discovered that Kevin still around through Noisetrade. You can actually download an album there free of charge if you wish. I for one don't blame him his views & wish him much success. I will be following him a bit closer now, not because it is popular, but because I remeber the quality & sincerity of his character from the DCT days. All of them were quality guys & were absolutley hilarious to work with. Hopefully I will have a chance to see one of his shows some day.
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