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Christian music is getting better and better each year. You probably wouldn’t know that if you listen to your local Christian radio station though. There are a ton of awesome Christian bands that you may never hear on the radio, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t listen to them.

(this is an updated list, for our original “The Best Lesser-known Christian Artists” post, go here.)

River Valley Youth

River Valley Youth is part of the River Valley Church. They have some pretty good songs available.

All of their music is very obviously geared towards youth, as their name suggests. Here’s one of their songs, called #Partyinthepresence.

If this stuff has a little too much youth vibe for your liking, try listening to River Valley Worship.

The Dust of Men

I may have shared this band before, but they definitely deserve another spotlight. This group is seriously good.

I highly recommend listening through their whole album, but this is a good song to start with:

Sadly this band seems to have been inactive for awhile. The most recent update that I could find is almost a year old. So all we can do is hope and pray that The Dust of Men makes another album sometime soon. One good sign is that the official twitter account for the band has been active recently.

Urban Rescue

I’ve been listening to this group a lot lately. Their sound is definitely more modern than most Christian artists, but they’re still tasteful. My favorite song as of late from them has been Song of My Father, which you can listen to below.

Man, wasn’t that just a good song? I do like their newer album a lot more than their older stuff. I like some of their older songs–like Provider–but who knows, you may love their older songs. Go give them a listen!

Ryan Ellis

While I love a lot of the songs Ryan Ellis has created, I think the recording quality of all his songs could be a lot better.

Obviously recording music professionally is ridiculously expensive, so I can’t bash too much. Regardless, Ryan is certainly talented and a lot of his songs are really good! You should listen to his stuff!