Respected Christian artist manager, Mark Hollingsworth, recently left the Christian music industry
(for the second time) to return to a job as Radio Marketing Manager with child sponsorship agency Compassion, International. In this thought-provoking
article in the May 18 edition of the Atlanta Consitution-Journal, Hollingsworth states some of his
frustration with the Christian Music Industry:
Mark Hollingsworth saw something at a Christian booksellers’ convention that still makes him angry a year later. Hollingsworth watched 14-year-old Stacie Orrico, a rising star in Christian music, sing her No. 1 song, “Don’t Look at Me,” while gyrating onstage in tight pants and heels.
That moment is one reason Hollingsworth has become disillusioned with Christian music after 29 years of managing award-winning groups like Sixpence None the Richer and the Smalltown Poets.
Christian record labels are promoting flesh over faith, he says. “A lot of it comes down to, if they have a nice face, do they have a good bust line, and do they have a nice butt,” Hollingsworth says of the Christian artists who are promoted today.
Hollingsworth’s opinions are shared by many in the industry to varying degrees, and Blake quotes other noteworthy industry professionals including: Michael Johnston of Smalltown Poets, Nathan Walters of Plus One, Greg Ham, president of ForeFront Records, as well as singers Bryan Duncan, Wes King, and Bob Bennett.
For the full article, go to:Atlanta Consitution-Journal.
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