Top Worship Bands and Artists

A List of the Best Christian Worship Artists and Bands

While many Christian artists from different primary genres have done worship projects (like Natalie Grant, Michael W. Smith and Third Day), there are quite a few artists who only sing worship music.

Of course, no list of worship artists would be complete without Chris Tomlin, but since he is the best known worship leader in the world, let's look at some other great artists.

Kari Jobe

Kari Jobe
Kari Jobe. EMI

The worship pastor and Grammy nominee from Gateway Church, in Texas, started singing at an early age, taking the stage wherever her dad was preaching. By the age of ten, she knew that being a worship leader was her path.

Kari Jobe Discography

Matt Maher

Matt Maher
Matt Maher. Provident

Born and raised in Canada, Matt moved to the U.S. during his first year in college after his parents divorced. He was soon offered a music scholarship by Arizona State University.

After graduating, he started writing songs for his church and before long, EMI Publishing had signed him. Two years later, Essential Records discovered that he sang as well as he wrote, and they signed him to a recording deal.

Matt Maher Discography

Matt Redman

Matt Redman
Matt Redman. EMI

The award-winning singer/songwriter is also an author, husband, and father of five. His nearly 20 years of leading worship has taken him all over the globe and made him one of the most well-known names in the genre.

Matt Redman Discography


Bellarive. Sparrow

The relative "new kids on the worship block" is a group of friends from Orlando Florida. With a shared vision of making music that will go straight to the Throne, this band is making big waves all over the U.S.

Bellarive Discography

  • Before There Was, 2014
  • The Heartbeat, 2012
  • The Being Human Project...Start Listening EP, 2009

Bellarive Members

  • Sean Curran – vocals, rhodes, guitar
  • Melissa Mage – vocals, percussion
  • Mike Mage – programming, guitar, vocals
  • Josh Luker – bass, percussion
  • Kenny Werner – drums

Christy Nockels

Christy Nockels
Christy Nockels. sixstepsrecords

Since the beginning, music has been a large part of Christy Nockels' life. The daughter of a pastor, she grew up singing in the church.

With husband Nathan and worship leader Charlie Hall, Nockels recorded an independent album as Sons & Daughters, and the project led them to Passion founder Louie Giglio.

Since 1997, she has been a huge part of the popular conferences. Watermark, the next band on her resume, was another collaboration with husband Nathan, and it helped lead to a successful solo career.

Christy Nockels Discography

Hillsong United

Hillsong United
Hillsong United. Hillsong United

Part of the Hillsong Church, Hillsong United was originally known as United Live, the Hillsong youth ministry band. They first recorded in the late 1990s under Reuben Morgan and Marty Sampson.

When Morgan stepped down in 2002, Joel Houston took the leadership reigns and the name was changed to Hillsong United.

Hillsong United Discography

Phil Wickham

Phil Wickham
Phil Wickham. INO Records

Born and raised in San Diego, California, Phil Wickham started leading worship at the age of 12. The son of two Christian musicians, his parents encouraged him to write his own songs.

Signed to Simple Records, the label started by MercyMe's Bart Millard and producer Pete Kipley, Wickham is now with Fair Trade Services.

Phil Wickham Discography

  • Children of God, 2016
  • Singalong 3, 2015
  • The Ascension (Deluxe Edition), 2014
  • The Ascension, 2013
  • Singalong 2 (live), 2012 (independent) 
  • Response, 2011 
  • Songs For Christmas, 2010
  • Heaven & Earth: Expanded Edition, 2010
  • Heaven & Earth, 2009 Compare prices
  • Singalong (live), 2008 (independent) 
  • Cannons, 2007
  • Phil Wickham, 2006
  • Give You My World, 2003 (independent)
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Jones, Kim. "Top Worship Bands and Artists." Learn Religions, Mar. 4, 2021, Jones, Kim. (2021, March 4). Top Worship Bands and Artists. Retrieved from Jones, Kim. "Top Worship Bands and Artists." Learn Religions. (accessed June 2, 2023).