Musical greatness is not limited to genre, style or background, as the following musicians prove. Many of them have crossed over from religious or faith-based backgrounds and have received accolades and awards from the mainstream music industry for their talent in composing, writing lyrics, soulful performances, extreme sounds and cutting edge musical styles. Going beyond CDs and stages, the music from these artists has been picked up by major Hollywood films and featured on the soundtracks that put the movie in motion.
"Awake & Alive" by Skillet earned the Christian band a spot on the "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" soundtrack along with the Goo Goo Dolls, My Chemical Romance, Linkin Park and others. Before earning props in the secular world for their sharp, rocky sound, however, they had released a worship album entitled "Ardent Worship."
The Killers penned a song for the massivly popular "Twilight: New Moon" soundtrack called "A White Demon Love Song."
Although the band doesn't publicly identify as a whole with a faith, Brandon Flowers, the group's front man, is a vocal member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Although Grammy-winnning gospel singer CeCe Winans spends most of her creative energy on writing and performing gospel music and working on community education efforts, she has successfully crossed over into the secular music industry performing with the likes of Whitney Houston.
Her performances have been featured on movies like "The Prince of Egypt," "White Men Can't Jump" and "Waiting to Exhale."
Christian pop music queen Amy Grant had an instant mega-hit with her '90s love song "Baby, Baby" and was considered a crossover artist from that point on. While "Baby, Baby" was featured in numerous movies like "Harold & Kumar go to White Castle" and "Mr. & Mrs. Smith," other songs have appeared in "Honeymoon in Vegas," "The Karate Kid II" and "The Postman."
Kevin Michael McKeehan, more commonly known by his stage name TobyMac, was originally part of the Christian hip-hop group "dc Talk" until he went solo. His music has been featured in a range of movie styles from the Veggie Tales movie "The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything" to "Never Back Down," "The Game Plan" and "Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift."
Grammy-nominated alternative rock band MUTEMATH doesn't identify with the Christian music scene, but its members have said they follow the Christian faith.
Their hit "Spotlight" was the first of their songs featured on a movie soundtrack, and that movie was the wildly popular "Twilight."
Jars of Clay is one of the few staunchly Christian bands that has successfully crossed over into the mainstream music arena, starting with their hit "Flood."
Since then, they have written music that has been featured on soundtracks for "The Long Kiss Goodnight" and the war epic "We Were Soldiers."
Grammy-winning rock band Switchfoot has been popular in both the Christian and mainstream music scenes for years, although they do not broadcast their faith often outside of their contemplative lyrics. They penned a song specifically for the "Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian" movie soundtrack and had two versions of their song "Only Hope" on the "A Walk to Remember" soundtrack — one performed by the band and the other performed by Mandy Moore.
The group's name was inspired by a passage in the book "Mere Christianity" by C.S. Lewis, but since then, Christian pop band Sixpence None the Richer has reached into the mainstream music arena with hits like "There She Goes" and "Kiss Me," which was featured in the film "She's All That" and "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days."
Christian, alternative pop-rock band Superchick has successfully crossed over into more than mainstream acceptance.
The band, whose sound has been compared to the likes of Avril Lavigne and No Doubt, has reached its own audience of Christians and secular fans with chart-topping, gritty tunes, some of which have appeared on the "Nancy Drew, Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen" and "Legally Blonde" soundtracks.
The members of Needtobreathe have spent most of their careers topping Christian music charts, although some of their songs have found success on mainstream billboard charts as well as on numerous TV commercials and movie trailers. Their song "More Time" was on the "P.S. I Love You" soundtrack, and "Something Beautiful" can be heard on the movie "When in Rome."
Mat Kearney found his faith and his love for writing music while in college. His debut album received widespread recognition and critical acclaim, and since then, his music has been featured in numerous TV commercials, sitcoms and dramas. Most recently, his song "Runaway" was picked up for the "Soul Surfer" movie.
Kirk Franklin has avid fans in a wide range of musical genres from hip-hop to contemporary gospel to pop to worship music. He writes, produces, arranges and directs the performances of his groups, "The Family," "God's Property" and "The One Nation Crew." Songs that he has written or performed have appeared on soundtracks for movies like "Joyful Noise," "The Preacher's Wife" and "Any Given Sunday."
Country music great George Strait is also referred to as the "King of Country" for his western, honkey-tonk musical styles, and he holds the world record for more No. 1 hit singles than any other artist in the history of music.
Strait has identified himself as a man of faith, but he does not share details of his life off-stage. However, that hasn't stopped him from writing music that has appeared on soundtracks for "The Soldier," "Roadhouse," "Pure Country," "Showgirls," "Mystery, Alaska" and "Did You Hear About the Morgans?"
Grammy-nominated P.O.D. (Payable on Death) is a Christian band with a heavy metal rock sound that has attracted attention from the secular and Christian worlds and has taken their records to triple platinum. Their songs "Southtown" and "Rock the Party" appeared in the Adam Sandler comedy "Little Nicky," while their "School of Hard Knocks" was featured on the movie's soundtrack.
Christian rock band Flyleaf isn't on a Christian music label, but each member has openly claimed a personal faith in God. Their music has hit the chart for Christian pop, Christian heavy metal and mainstream rock and has appeared on numerous video games like Rock Band and Guitar Hero 3 as well as on the "Live Free or Die Hard" and "Resident Evil: Extinction" soundtracks.
Owl City, created by Adam Young, performs music mostly in the secular world and doesn't specifically identify with the "Christian" industry. However, Young's music carries distinctly Christian themes. His song "The Technicolor Phase" was featured in Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland," and "To the Sky" was featured on "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'hoole."
From playing together at the Starbucks they all worked at to playing in venues across the U.S., The Afters went through several name changes before settling on their current one. Although they mainly perform for Christian audiences, their music has found its way onto several TV shows, and their song "8th and Ocean" appeared on the soundtrack for the movie "Just My Luck," while "Life is Beautiful" was featured on "October Baby."
Musical jack-of-all-trades T Bone Burnett is one of the "men behind the music" of the Hollywood movie industry. This staunchly evangelical Christian music producer, writer, arranger and performer has collaborated with greats like the B-52s, Bono and Elvis Costello and appears on soundtracks for "O Brother, Where Art Thou?," "Walk the Line," "The Ladykillers," "Cold Mountain" and "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood."
Randy Travis is considered a country music legend, but he popularized the "neo-traditional country" style rather than traditional styles. He later switched to performing gospel music and has won numerous Grammy's, AMA Awards and Dove Awards. He also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His music can be heard on soundtracks for movies like "National Treasure: Book of Secrets," "Rumor Has It," "Road Trip," Baby Geniuses" and "Deep Impact."