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Christian music is music that has been written to express either personal or a communal belief regarding Christian life and faith. Common themes of Christian music include praise, worship, penitence, and lament, and its forms vary widely across the world.

Like other forms of music the creation, performance, significance, and even the definition of Christian music varies according to culture and social context. Christian music is composed and performed for many purposes, ranging from aesthetic pleasure, religious or ceremonial purposes, or with a positive message as an entertainment product for the marketplace.

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Contemporary Christian music (or CCM—and occasionally "inspirational music") is a genre of modern popular music which is lyrically focused on matters concerned with the Christian faith. It formed as those affected by the 1960s Jesus movement revival began to express themselves in a more contemporary style of music than the hymns, Gospel and Southern gospel music that was prevalent in the church at the time. Today, the term is typically used to refer to pop, rock, or praise & worship styles.

It has representation on several music charts including Billboard's Christian Albums, Christian Songs, Hot Christian AC (Adult Contemporary), Christian CHR, Soft AC/Inspirational, and Christian Digital Songs as well as the UK's Official Christian & Gospel Albums Chart. Top-selling CCM artists will also appear on the Billboard 200. In the iTunes Store, the genre is represented as part of the Christian and gospel genre while the Google Play Music system labels it as Christian/Gospel.

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David L. Cook (born November 11, 1968) is a Christian country music singer, comedian and International Country Gospel Music Hall of Fame inductee. Born to Donnell and June Cook, David is the oldest of six children.

Cook is most notably known for his deliverance of smooth vocals and his prolific writing abilities. Cook has written over 2500 songs and is widely known for the song, "Drop that Rock." The song was featured on his album "In the Middle of it All" which garnered Cook a Dove Award nomination for Christian Country Album of the Year in 1999. Cook's lyrics often take a look at the church and the problems that they face when it comes to handing down judgment upon common people with everyday problems."

Cook is also known for his humanitarian work with children's charities throughout the world which includes co-hosting the Children’s Miracle Network telethon as well as regular appearances on the Jerry Lewis Telethon.

The male members of The Cook Family Singers have always used just their middle initials as a trademark, a trait beginning back in 1885 when the first such group was formed.

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