The staff has spoken.  CCM magazine's editors, designer and production director have made their choices for the best Christian market albums of 2005 and have also selected one album worthy of the "album of the year" title.  Find out who and what made the list. ...

Our Choices for the best Christian market albums of 2005 …

ANDREA BAILEY, Assistant Editor

1. Switchfoot, "Nothing is Sound" (Columbia/Sparrow)
“The Shadow Proves the Sunshine.” ’Nuff said.

2. Sara Groves, "Add to the Beauty" (INO)
Feels like an old friend from the first listen.

3. Jars of Clay, "Redemption Songs" (Essential)
Just when I thought the hymns thing was getting old. … 

4. Ginny Owens, "Long Way Home" (Rocketown)
Makes me want to think more, love harder, weep and laugh all at the same time.

5. Andy Hunter, "Life" (Sparrow/EMI)
Dance much? You will.

6. tobyMac, "Renovating Diverse City" (Gotee)
In the words of Daft Punk:  “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger.”

7. Kevin Max, "The Imposter" (Northern)
Why I don’t care if dc Talk never gets back together.

8. Kendall Payne, "Grown" (BHT)
Please, God, make more artists grow up to be like Kendall.

9. Mary Mary, "Mary Mary" (Columbia/Integrity)
Destiny’s Child has nothing on these ladies. 

10. David Crowder Band, "A Collision" (sixsteps)
Is this rock & roll, or is this worship music? It sounds so good, you can’t tell.


CHRIS WELL, Contributing Editor

1. Disciple, "Disciple" (SRE)
Solid, muscular hard rock, with simple, sledgehammer lyrics about a life of faith.

2. Pee Wee Callins, "Street Soul" (Beatmart)
Smooth, timeless R&B that matches the classy groove of ’70s soul with the production of modern urban pop.

3. Andy Hunter, "Life" (Sparrow)
Adrenaline-charged, post-MTV worship music for the "Matrix" generation. 

4. Project 86, "And the Rest Will Follow" (Tooth & Nail)
Visceral hard rock matched to thoughtful lyrics.

5. 4th Avenue Jones, "Stereo: The Evolution of Hiprocksoul" (Lookalive/Gotee)
Catchy mix of hip-hop and rock with engaging lyrics that dialogue about life and faith.

6. Sara Groves, "Add to the Beauty" (INO)
Tender, artful explorations of life and faith for fans of smart adult pop.

7. Antonio Neal, "Days of My Life" (EMI Gospel)
Slick, contemporary R&B with old-school charm.

8. The Afters, "I Wish We All Could Win" (Simple/INO)
Wears its alternative-pop influences proudly, with such ebullience you can’t help but go along for the ride.

9. Sarah Brendel, "Sarah Brendel" (Inpop)
Euro-alt-chick-rock with seeker lyrics should especially appeal to those of us who miss The Benjamin Gate.

10. Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives, "Souls’ Chapel"  (Superlatone)
Rootsy, soulful Delta Gospel that mixes front-porch blues with camp-meeting bluegrass.


MARY SERGENT, Designer

1. Andy Hunter, "Life" (Sparrow)
Watch out U2, Andy has the next iPod commercial in the bag with this techno mix.