Editors’ Notes Once reserved primarily for church services, praise & worship became a major force on the contemporary Christian music charts in the 21st century. This is especially true of the 2010s, when some of the most adored hits came from ministry-rooted bands: Hillsong UNITED, Bethel Music, and Elevation Worship. This success has led to a fresh crop of artists who, rather than pick one genre over the other, blend them. Key examples are Lauren Daigle and Zach Williams; each possesses a gift for imbuing CCM with the sing-along choruses and unconditional love of praise & worship. Fellow crossover stars for KING & COUNTRY also embrace cross-pollination, though they take it even further, opening up their sound to EDM’s dance beats and synthesizers and country music’s earthy realness. The result is an innovative style that very well could be a sneak peek into CCM’s future evolution.