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100 Hymns Old and New by Secular Country Artists

Updated on July 3, 2017
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Christian Praise Music by Popular Country Musicians

Looking for a new hymn for your church service or a modern rendition of an old favorite?  Modern country music lends itself nicely to religious hymns.  We have a long list of song and artist suggestions for praising and rejoicing.
Looking for a new hymn for your church service or a modern rendition of an old favorite? Modern country music lends itself nicely to religious hymns. We have a long list of song and artist suggestions for praising and rejoicing. | Source

Country Artists Provide Religious Inspiration

If your congregation is looking for positive new ways to incorporate contemporary culture into Sunday services, music is a great choice. Some churches already offer more relaxed, casual worship services that start at later times.

Recently, I compiled a playlist of pop, rock, and country songs about God, faith, and church. As a result, several readers requested another faith-based playlist. Therefore, I offer this collection of both old and new hymns by over 40 modern country artists, including George Jones, Blake Shelton, and Faith Hill. (A hymn is a religious song, typically one which praises God.)

Whether you're using this songlist for yourself or your congregation, there's a godsend of inspiration in these tunes. Enjoy!

Alan Jackson

Songs 1-8

1. "Amazing Grace" by Alan Jackson

One of the most recognizable praise songs in the English language, this simple hymn provides testimony that forgiveness and redemption are possible through God. The hymn became a Christian standard in both a capella and musically acompanied versions since its first publication in 1779. It has since crossed over to secular audiences.

More recent versions of the hymn have replaced the line "that saved a wretch like me" with text such as "that saved and strengthened me," "saved a soul like me," or "that saved and set me free." However, Alan Jackson's 2013 rendition is true to the original.

Other Notable Hymns by Alan Jackson

Song
Year Released
2. I Love to Tell the Story
2006
3. I'll Fly Away
2006
4. Sweet Hour Of Prayer
2013
5. I Want To Stroll Over Heaven With You
2006
6. 'Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus
2006
7. Just as I Am
2013
8. Precious Memories
2013

Reba McEntire

Songs 9-13

9. "Oh, Happy Day" by Reba McEntire

Reba relied heavily on her faith to get her through a 2015 divorce that was not her idea. Her husband and manager of 26 years not only left her but also began dating the couple's close friend.

In 2017, Reba released her first contemporary Christian CD filled with both new tunes and old favorites. This basic, uptempo hymn from the mid-18th century celebrates Jesus' sweet forgiveness.

Other Notable Hymns by Reba McEntire

Song
Year Released
Artist(s)
10. Oh, How I Love Jesus
2017
Reba McEntire
11. Back to God
2017
Reba McEntire
12. I Got the Lord on My Side
2017
Reba McEntire
13. Softly and Tenderly
2006
Reba McEntire (featuring Kelly Clarkson & Trisha Yearwood)

Joey + Rory

Songs 14-19

14. "Take My Hand, Precious Lord" by Joey + Rory

Rory Lee Feek and his wife, Joey Feek, were a dynamic country duo until cervical cancer took Joey in 2016. Rory had been a songwriter for Clay Walker, Blake Shelton, and other top country artists. The couple's singing career took off in 2008 when they placed third in Country Music Television's (CMT's) talent competition, Can You Duet.

Joey + Rory released gospel albums in both 2013 and 2016. Their delivery of this beautiful hymn is particularly bittersweet.

Other Notable Hymns by Joey + Rory

Song
Year Released
15. I Need Thee Every Hour
2016
16. It Is Well With My Soul
2016
17. Jesus Paid It All
2016
18. He Touched Me
2016
19. I Surrender All
2016

Vince Gill

Songs 20-23

20. "Go Rest High on That Mountain" by Vince Gill

Vince Gill started writing this Grammy Award-winning song in 1995 to recognize the memory of country music star Keith Whitley, although he didn't complete it until his older brother died years later. The ballad describes the sorrow that loved ones on earth feel at the passing of a beleaguered soul.

It contrasts that grief with the elation that the deceased must be feeling upon entering Heaven:

Go rest high on that mountain
Son, your work on earth is done.
Go to Heaven a-shoutin'
Love for the Father and the Son.

Other Notable Hymns by Vince Gill

Song
Artist(s)
Year Released
21. Rock Of Ages
Vince Gill (featuring Amy Grant)
2005
22. Tell Me One More Time About Jesus
Vince Gill (featuring Amy Grant)
2006
23. All Prayed Up
Vince Gill
2006
"God loves each of us as if there were only one of us." - St. Augustine, early Christian philosopher
"God loves each of us as if there were only one of us." - St. Augustine, early Christian philosopher | Source

Carrie Underwood

Song 24

24. "Something in the Water" by Carrie Underwood

This 2014 Grammy Award-winning song topped both the Christian and country music charts. It describes the strong, life-changing influence of the narrator's baptism. Carrie's powerful ability to cross genres was displayed first in 2005 with her memorable song, "Jesus Take the Wheel."

Blake Shelton

Song 25

25. "Savior's Shadow" by Blake Shelton

Co-written by Blake Shelton just a month following his divorce from Miranda Lambert, this song of faith was released in 2016. It portrays trouble-imbued times in a man's life and how he leans on Jesus for love and support:

I'm standing in my Savior's shadow
Grace will lead to where I'm free.
I take His hand, we walk together
And His light shines on me.

Merle Haggard

Songs 26-31

26. "He Walks with Me (In the Garden)" by Merle Haggard

This gospel song was recorded by country artists from Elvis to Johnny Cash to Glen Campbell. In 1981, Merle Haggard added his touching version. The hymn describes a narrator's walk in a garden, side-by-side with Jesus who and provides soothing comfort unlike anything else.

Other Notable Hymns by Merle Haggard

Song
Year Released
27. What a Friend We Have in Jesus
1981
28. Take My Hand, Precious Lord
2001
29. Victory in Jesus
2001
30. What Will It Be Like
1970
31. This World is Not My Home
2001

Rascal Flatts

Songs 32-34

32. "Changed" by Rascal Flatts

In arising from the water at his baptism, the man in this contemporary hymn feels utterly transformed. The 2012 song acknowledges how he made mistakes and had been a lost soul. However, when he handed it all over to the Lord, he felt whole and completely changed.

Other Notable Hymns by Rascal Flatts

Song
Year Released
33. He Ain't the Leaving Kind
2006
34. The Glory of Life
2002

Alison Krauss

Songs 35-39

35. "Down to the River to Pray" by Alison Krauss

Once an African American spiritual, this hymn was popularized in 2000 by Alison Krauss who has a voice so inspired she certainly must be hiding wings and a halo. The song describes relying on God to show one the way during times of hardship.

Other Notable Hymns by Alison Krauss

Song
Year Released
36. Sweet Beulah Land
2003
37. I Know Who Holds Tomorrow
1994
38. Lay My Burden Down
2010
39. I Know Who Holds My Hand
1994

Randy Travis

Songs 40-43

40. "Will The Circle Be Unbroken" by Randy Travis

Multiple lyrical versions of this old hymn exist. However, the one that Randy Travis released in 2003 depictssa grieving man standing at a window watching his mother's body being taken away in a hearse. Although he will miss her, he knows that heaven waits to receive her with open arms.

Randy Travis has released several spiritual albums.

Other Notable Hymns by Randy Travis

Song
Artist(s)
Year Released
41. Baptism
Kenney Chesney (featuring Randy Travis)
1999
42. Shall We Gather At The River
Randy Travis
2003
43. Blessed Assurance
Randy Travis
2003

George Jones

Songs 44-49

44. "Me and Jesus" by George Jones

This is such a FUN song—yep, you read that right!

The narrator declares in this 1972 song that he and Jesus are BFFs. Even though he was once "a sinner," "a drunk," and "a loser," he's finally found forgiveness through Christ. They have their own thing going. He says that he and Jesus have it all worked out.

Other Notable Hymns by George Jones

Song
Year Released
45. Family Bible
2013
46. Just a Little Talk with Jesus
2003
47. Bringin' It Home
1967
48. I Can't Find It Here
2013
49. Jesus Hold My Hand
2003

Brad Paisley & Sara Evans

Song 50

50. "New Again" by Sara Evans and Brad Paisley

This gorgeous 2004 song is from the Passion of the Christ movie CD. Its lyrics feature Jesus and his mother conversing as he faces crucifixion.

Glen Campbell

Songs 51-54

51. "On the Wings of His Victory" by Glen Campbell

This praise song from 1992 is full of positive energy. The guy in the song describes how he has been tempted by the dark side of life and given in. He's been burned by the heat.

But whereas many others fall by the wayside, our narrator is a one-time loser who is about to win thanks to the redemption he has found through Jesus. He explains that God can make winners of us all.

Other Notable Hymns by Glen Campbell

Song
Year Released
52. Jesus and Me
1991
53. I Will Rise
2011
54. Sure as the Sun
1996

Dolly Parton

Songs 55-58

55. "He's Alive" by Dolly Parton

This modern1989 hymn captures the sorrow, fear, and confusion that was felt by many when Jesus was crucified. It is told from the perspective of one of the women who hid. However, she rejoiced to discover that He was indeed alive and that she was forgiven.

Other Notable Hymns by Dolly Parton

Song
Artist(s)
Year Released
56. When I Get Where I’m Going
Brad Paisley (featuring Dolly Parton)
2005
57. Farther Along
Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris
1987
58. Church in the Wildwood
Dolly Parton
1999

Loretta Lynn

Songs 59-61

59. "I'm Getting Ready to Go" by Loretta Lynn

The woman in this hymn from 1968 is singing hallelujah because this world is simply her dressing room, and she's getting reading to go to Heaven! Crying tears of joy, she's looking forward to her eternal trip.

Other Notable Hymns by Loretta Lynn

Song
Year Released
60. In the Garden
1968
61. In The Sweet By and By
1965
"God never said that the journey would be easy, but He did say that the arrival would be worthwhile." - Max Lucado, American writer
"God never said that the journey would be easy, but He did say that the arrival would be worthwhile." - Max Lucado, American writer | Source

The Charlie Daniels Band

Songs 62-64

62. "Kneel at the Cross" by The Charlie Daniels Band

Who would imagine that the same country band who sang "Devil Went Down to Georgia" would record a contemporary Christian album of hymns?

In this simple hymn, released in 2002, the narrator urges you to kneel at the cross. Give up your idols. Let your cares fall away. Come as you are, and Jesus will meet you there.

Other Notable Hymns by The Charlie Daniels Band

Song
Year Released
63. Nothing but the Blood
2002
64. Somebody Was Praying for Me
2002

Josh Turner

Songs 65-68

65. "Long Black Train" by Josh Turner

This 2003 song likens temptation to a long black train, with Satan as the locomotive's engineer. Sinners climb aboard for their journey to nowhere while others cling to the Lord and refuse to get their tickets punched.

Other Notable Hymns by Josh Turner

Song
Artist(s)
Year Released
66. Me and God
Josh Turner
2006
67. The Answer
Josh Turner
2010
68. For the Love of God
Josh Turner (featuring Ricky Skaggs)
2012

Kenny Rogers

Songs 69-71

69. "The Rock of Your Love" by Kenny Rogers

With God in his life, the narrator in this 2012 hymn feels he can withstand any storm clouds and rain that come his way. Whatever troubles threaten him, he is unafraid because he is standing on the rock of His love.

Other Notable Songs by Kenny Rogers

Song
Year Released
70. Love Lifted Me
2011
71. Peace
2012

Johnny Cash

Songs 72-75

72. "(When) The Man Comes Around" by Johnny Cash

There are so many biblical allusions in this 2002 country hymn—particularly to the Book of Revelation. The hymn refers to the the Four Horsemen of the Apocolypse, the "man goin' 'round takin' names," and the trumpets of 100 million angels on judgment day.

Other Notable Hymns by Johnny Cash

Song
Year Released
73. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
1959
74. This Train is Bound for Glory
1979
75. I Came to Believe
2006
76. God's Gonna Cut You Down
2006
"God will meet you where you are in order to take you where He wants you to go." - Tony Evans, American pastor
"God will meet you where you are in order to take you where He wants you to go." - Tony Evans, American pastor | Source

Marty Stuart

Songs 77-79

77. "The Master is Waiting" by Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives (featuring Handsome Harry Stinsome)

This 2014 song asks searching questions:

What do you want? What do you need?
What have you done? Do you want to be free?
Are you losing the battle?

Then it assures you that the Master is waiting to come in to your heart, if you'll just let him in.

Other Notable Hymns by Marty Stuart

Song
Year Released
78. He Turned the Water into Wine
2014
79. Working on a Building
2014
"Your talent is God's gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God." - Dr. Leo Buscaglia, American author
"Your talent is God's gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God." - Dr. Leo Buscaglia, American author

Even More Hymns Old and New by Modern Country Secular Artists

Song
Artist
Year Released
80. Keep Your Eyes on Me
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
2017
81. Believe
Brooks & Dunn
2005
82. Angels Among Us
Alabama
1993
83. Love Can Build a Bridge
The Judds
1990
84. How Great Thou Art
Martina McBride
2012
85. River of Jordan
Ricky Skaggs
1982
86. God Must Really Love Me
Craig Morgan
2009
87. Wayfaring Stranger
Trace Adkins
1997
88. There is God
Lee Ann Womack
2009
89. Lay Our Flowers Down
Lady Antebellum
2017
90. The Little Girl
John Michael Montgomery
2000
91. The Old Rugged Cross
Brad Paisley
2001
92. Soldier of the Cross
Ricky Skaggs
2005
93. Here I am Lord
Collin Raye
2011
94. There Will Come a Day
Faith Hill
1999
95. Holes in the Floor of Heaven
Steve Wariner
1998
96. Uncloudy Day
Willie Nelson
1976
97. I Saw the Light
Hank Williams Sr.
1948
98. I Saw God Today
George Strait
2008
99. Just a Closer Walk with Thee
Willie Nelson & Patsy Cline
1996
100. You Raise Me Up
Josh Groban
2003
Did we leave off your favorite hymn by a modern country artist? Make a suggestion in the Comments Section below.

What's in a Name? Locations with Names Associated with Hymns and Church

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A markerAdvent, West Virginia, USA -
Advent, WV 25248, USA
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B markerAmen, Netherlands -
9446 Amen, Netherlands
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C markerBaptism Crossing, Minnesota, USA -
Baptism Crossing, MN 55603, USA
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D markerDevotion, North Carolina, USA -
Devotion, NC 27017, USA
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E markerFaith Lake, Canada -
Faith Lake, Comox-Strathcona C, BC V0R, Canada
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F markerHallejuh, Colorado, USA -
Hallelujah, Colorado 80443, USA
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G markerLa Penitence, France -
La Pénitence, 45360, France
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H markerPray, Montana, USA -
Pray, MT 59047, USA
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I markerPsalm Lake, Alaska, USA -
Psalm Lake, Anchorage, AK 99577, USA
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J markerShepherd, Texas, USA -
Shepherd, TX 77371, USA
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      FlourishAnyway 3 months ago from USA

      Devika - Glad you enjoyed these. Have a wonderful weekend.

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      DDE 3 months ago

      I like your list of songs. Great emotions from these songs and for me as well.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 months ago from USA

      Shyron, Oh, I do know that. I figured that if I could point people in the direction of country stars who have hymns, they could find albums filled with the other hymns they have. Many of them have multiple religious albums filled with hymns. Thanks for all of your support and suggestions. I'm stil trying to catch up! You are wonderful.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 months ago from Texas

      Shelley, this was a giant undertaking and I love all the songs and videos listed on here. The list is countless for these at least for me.

      Precious Memories.

      Blessings and hugs

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      FlourishAnyway 3 months ago from USA

      Jo - I'm glad these songs touched youAlan Jackson has a nice rendition of "Precious Memories" as well. I added both that and "I Know Who Holds My Hand" by Alison Krauss. I'm sorry for the loss of your dear mother.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 months ago from USA

      Patricia - I hope you are well. I'm glad these songs were meaningful for you today. Sending you and your family all the best.

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      Jo Miller 3 months ago from Tennessee

      As the daughter of a Methodist minister, many of these songs are in my heart and soul. My mom's favorite hymn was "I Know Who Holds My Hand". We had it sung at her funeral, and I still can't listen to it without weeping.

      My first thought when I saw your title, though, was Willie Nelson's rendition of 'Precious Memories'. I didn'

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      Patricia Scott 3 months ago from sunny Florida

      Good morning

      Listening to Saviour's Shadow while I write this....just was commenting to vocalcoach how much the magic of music means to my life....it gives me a way to deal with the challenges and the good times (which too are very plentiful)....each one of these songs says for me what I need to hear. Thank you for sharing these. Angels are once again on the way. ps

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      FlourishAnyway 4 months ago from USA

      Bill - Thanks for stopping by to leave a comment. I hope you have a terrific rest of your week!

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      For sure, country is all about family, loyalty, God, and country..toss in a little love now and then, tell it all in story form, and you've got the makings of a good country song.

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      FlourishAnyway 4 months ago from USA

      Linda - Thanks for your feedback. Have a great week!

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      FlourishAnyway 4 months ago from USA

      Larry - We are kindred spirits. I've added Hank Sr. as #97. Thanks for the suggestion!

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      Linda Crampton 4 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      You've included some lovely hymns in your playlist, Flourish. Thank you for sharing them.

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      Larry Rankin 4 months ago from Oklahoma

      I'm not a traditionally religious person, but I love some religious tunes. My favorite is "I Saw the Light" by Old Hank.

      Great list!:-)

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      FlourishAnyway 4 months ago from USA

      Robert - What a beautiful way to describe the power of praise music. Thanks for sharing.

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      FlourishAnyway 4 months ago from USA

      Linda - I'm so glad you enjoyed this. Some of the artists are traditional country but others you may never identify them as such. Have a terrific week!

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      Robert Elias Ballard 4 months ago from Zirconia, North Carolina

      I love the old hymns and have played and sung most in your list. Accappella or just a guitar they warm our hearts to worship. I have sat in church services where an old hymn was being sung and have seen the transformation of a whole congregation brought to unity in spirit and worship. It's not so much the singer artist singing as it is the Presence of the Spirit of Christ as the Lord is lifted in praise. Sadly many have not yet come to know Him in an intimate way.

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      Linda Lum 4 months ago from Washington State, USA

      I'm pretty sure I know over half of these. Not a huge fan of country music, but I love hymns. I grew up listening to Jim Reeves (wow, that was a long time ago!). Thank you for such an amazing list.

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      FlourishAnyway 4 months ago from USA

      Heidi - You're right. Just about every country singer seems to have dipped their top in the water, and others have waded deep. Thanks for stopping by. Have a fabulous rest of your week.

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      Heidi Thorne 4 months ago from Chicago Area

      Wow! Quite a list. I think almost every country star has covered a gospel tune or hymn at some point. Thanks for sharing your playlist, as always!

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      FlourishAnyway 4 months ago from USA

      MsDora - Yay! My hope was to provide people with some sample selections and names of popular country artists, many with contemporary Christian albums. Sometimes it's good to mix it up a little when it comes to music selection. Glad you liked this, Lady Dora.

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      FlourishAnyway 4 months ago from USA

      Terrielynn1 - Thank you for being the first to comment. I knew you'd enjoy this one.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 months ago from The Caribbean

      Finally, I know more than half of the list. I don't know the majority of artists, but they're worth a try to listen. Thanks for including hymns.

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      Terrie Lynn 4 months ago from Canada

      Thank you Flourish. This selection made me think of some good old fashioned hyms I had completely forgot about. One of my favorites is amazing grace. And I'll meet you at the river. And peace in tjhe valley is another one. have a great week. Amazing and a blessing what a great work up of songs..