Nashville may be music city and the heart of Christian music, but some of the biggest names in the genre come from the great state of Texas.
Led by brothers Josh and Justin Engler, the Christians rockers Abandon got started in San Antonio, singing worship music in their local church.
The season two alum from The Voice was born and raised in Dallas, the son of Dr. Tony Evans and Lois.
David Crowder, the founder of David Crowder Band and Crowder was born on November 29, 1971 in Texarkana.
The original members of Flyleaf hailed from Belton and Temple Texas.
The Christian band known as Inhabited got their start in Spring, Texas in 2003.
When Ivoryline first got their start in Tyler, Texas, they were known as Dead End Driveway. The name change came two years later (in 2005) and it was under the name Ivoryline that they picked up a spot on the Vans Warped Tour, which led to them a deal with Tooth & Nail.
Worship leader Kari Brooke Jobe was born on April 6, 1981 in Dallas, Texas. Currently an associate worship pastor at Gateway Church in Southlake, the Dove Award winner is also a part of Gateway Worship.
Kirk was born on January 26, 1970 in Fort Worth, Texas. Raised by his great aunt, his first record label offer came when he was only seven. Though his aunt turned it down, it didn't change his future and he has become one of the biggest names in Gospel music.
Named after lead singer Leeland Mooring, Leeland calls Baytown, Texas home.
Bart Millard and the rest of the MercyMe gang got their start in Greenville, Texas. The band's amazing cross-over success kicked off in Dallas when 100.3 Wild-FM, a mainstream radio station, played "I Can Only Imagine" on their morning drive in 2003. The song soon became the most requested song for the station.
The Christian metalcore band from Fort Worth, Texas started out loudly proclaiming their faith. Fast forward seven years and things had changed. Micah Kinand told Wayde Flowerday of MusicReview.co.za that not all of the band members are believers. "At the beginning of the band, we were definitely an outspoken Christian band; but as the years have gone by, we have gone through certain member changes. Not all of our members share the Christian view, they support us and our beliefs, but they don’t necessarily engage in that same belief. I myself am a Christian, and when I write passionately from my heart, that view will still come out, which the band supports."
Robbie Seay Band
The rock/worship band from Houston got their start leading worship at Ecclesia, a church in the Neartown area of Houston where Robbie's brother, Chris Seay, is the teaching pastor.
In the beginning, brothers Art, Nic, and Josh Gonzales started Salvador in Austin at King of Glory Church. Though Art has now moved on to another season in his life, Nic and Josh are still going strong.
Seventh Day Slumber
When Joseph Rojas ended a cocaine binge by trying to commit suicide, he thought his life would end. Instead, in the back of the ambulance, it changed forever. Following the transformation that came from accepting Christ, Seventh Day Slumber was formed in 1996 in Dallas.
Joshua Havens and Matt Fuqua were working together at Starbucks in Mesquite, Texas when they decided to form a band. The two had many supporters as they had wowed quite a few customers at the coffee shop doing acoustic sets. Blisse, the original band name, changed to The Afters after the guys discovered that there was already a band out there with the same name.