- Korean Contemporary Christian music
Korean Contemporary Christian music (or Korean CCM) refers to
Contemporary Christian musicwritten or played in South Korea. Due to the dramatic growth of Christianity in Korea, CCM has been gaining popularity among Korean Christians.
Korean War, missionariesfrom the United Statesbrought gospelsongs to Korea. Most of the songs were from US Church schoolsand Southern gospelsongs popular in 1950s and 60s.
November 2, 1969, at Gyeongdong Church in Seoul, Korean pop singers ( Cho Young Nam, Choi Young Hee and Twinpolio) sang gospel songs on Sunday service, which was controversial among Korean Christians.
1971, Jo Young Nam translated a US gospel song, " Just a Closer Walk With Thee", and released it to public. From the following year, Jo started to release CCM albums.
1974, Roman Catholic nunsreleased an album which contained songs translated from US gospels. The songs were pop musicwith Christian content.
"Yesujeondodan" was founded in
1973by a missionary, Oh Dae Won. "Yesujeondodan" not only translated a lot of gospel songs to Korean but composed their own CCM songs.
In late 1970s, CCM songs started to blossom in Korea due to Christian celebrities and the growth of
Yoido Full Gospel Church.
Kim Su Ji(김수지)
Christianity in Korea
*ko_icon [http://www.ccm.co.kr/ccm/about.asp?tp=12 www.ccm.co.kr, History of Korean CCM]
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