Citing the belief that today’s popular Christian musicians don’t publicly acknowledge — let alone honor — those who paved the way for them, local Christian singers and twin brothers Brian and Shawn Chrisagis on Saturday will host their third annual Legends concerts featuring some of their favorite award-winning contemporary Christian music singers.
“The country movement, pop music and rock and roll, they honor the music that comes before them, but in the Christian (music) world, they totally drop them and forget them,” Shawn Chrisagis said.
The 6:30 p.m. show at the J.B. Chambers Performing Arts Center at Wheeling Park High School features:
— Michael English, four-time Grammy Award nominee and winner of eight Dove Awards;
— Wayne Watson, two-time Grammy nominee and eight-time Dove winner;
— Scott Wesley Brown, singer, songwriter, pastor and pioneer of the Jesus movement;
— Dino Kartsonakis of “Chariots of Fire” theme-song fame, who received a participation Grammy in 1999 for his work on the soundtrack of “The Apostle”; and
–Rambo McGuire, featuring Reba Rambo-McGuire, who has been singing Christian music for 50 years. She and her husband, Dony McGuire, are filling in for master guitar player and Youngstown native Phil Keaggy who had to cancel for health reasons.
“Every year, we try to get a stronger group. I don’t think we could find a stronger group,” Brian Chrisagis said.
“They are Christian music royalty,” Shawn added.
The brothers, who have interviewed all these artists and dozens more on their YouTube channel, pointed out that today’s popular Christian music differs from the music they grew up listening to in the late 20th century because it is more worship-oriented and less relational. They explained the songs rotating on today’s Christian radio stations are predominantly songs that could be sung during concert-style worship services.
What was once known as “contemporary Christian…