College of Arts and Sciences
Primary Subject Area
Songwriting, Cross-over, Swift, Switchfoot, Music
Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque Art and Architecture | Composition | Liturgy and Worship | Music
Malhotra, Paul, "A Survey of Christian Cross-Over Songwriting: Core Principles and Potential for Impact" (2013). Senior Honors Theses. 359.
A cross-over song has been defined as a song written by a Christian artist aimed at a mainstream audience. An understanding of the core principles of cross-over songs and their relevance in contemporary culture is essential for Christian songwriters. Six albums marked by spiritual overtones or undertones, representing a broad spectrum of contemporary cross-over music, were examined. Selected songs were critiqued by analyzing the album of origin, lyrical content, author’s expressed worldview, and level of commercial success. Renaissance art also provided a historical parallel to modern day songwriting. Recommendations were developed for Christian songwriters to craft songs with greater effectiveness to impact the culture while adhering to a biblical worldview.