LDS Music Artists

LDS Music Artists - Who Are They and What Type of Music Do They Make

What is LDS Music

LDS music refers to music by those who are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, otherwise known as Mormons. The LDS Church has a wide variety of hymns specific to their beliefs by members of their church, as well as songs by LDS artists that may not be related to LDS beliefs at all. LDS music is a very large genre of music. LDS artists come from all over the world and produce a wide variety of genres including hip hop, folk, classical, electronic, etc. LDS musicians range from highly successful LDS musicians, as well as those who are no longer involved with the church.  

Typical instruments from this genre include vocals, electric, bass and acoustic guitar, drums, keyboard and synthesisers. Christian worship and praise music is usually performed in church services and at youth groups.  

The History of LDS Music

The LDS Church has a rich history when it comes to music. It consists of some of the earliest Caucasian music within the state of Utah, starting sometime during the middle of the 19th century.

The songs were generally quite simple and easy to sing along to. They also were usually without an instrumental accompaniment, as musical instruments were scarce in the area. The songs contain cultural references to pioneer-era LDS crossing the plains, their religious convictions, and ecclesiastical leader with a distinct Utahn folk music sound.


In the 60s, gospel music started to gain mainstream success, drawing more interest to other genres of religious music. In the 70s, more LDS musician began entering the US mainstream music scene with the development of CCM.

More recently, LDS music is considered an incredibly popular genre of Christian music, that is listened to by members of the Latter-day Saints church, as well as people from other religions, or no religion at all!  

Phil Wickham Praise and Worship music artist

The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square

After its foundation in 1947, after Mormon pioneers went to Salt Lake Valley and built a tabernacle for their LDS meetings, The Mormon Tabernacle Choir grew to become the largest choir in the Latter-day Saints Church, and possibly one of the most recognised world-wide. In 2018, the choir eventually changed its name to ‘The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square’ as they wanted to end the use of the word ‘Mormon’ as a substitute for the name of their church and its members.  

Music is one of the best ways that religious messages can be communicated to members of that religion; it is inspiring, uplifting, and finds its way into your soul.  

Especially For Youth (EFY)

Currently, some of the most popular LDS musicians include: Madilyn Paige, Brandon Flowers (from the Killers), Gladys Knight, The Piano Guys, and Janice Kapp Perry.  

Popular Songs and Hymns by LDS Music Artists

Some of the most popular LDS songs and hymns include: “A Child’s Prayer” by Janice Kapp Perry, “Irreplaceable” by Madilyn Paige, “You’re Not Alone” by Michael McLean, “Face to Face” by Kenneth Cope, “As Now We Take the Sacrament” by Daniel Carter, and “In Memory of the Crucified” by Alexander Schreiner.  

Best praise and worship musicians - Christ Tomlin

The Importance of LDS Music

Many LDS artists believe that LDS music is an important part of LDS culture because it provides a sense of unity within the LDS community. LDS music also conveys LDS values and beliefs to shape the minds of its listeners. It can be very meaningful to members who grew up hearing the songs at church, camp, or other religious events.

LDS music has the ability to bring people from the Latter-Day Saints church together and make them feel like they are part of something bigger. LDS songs can also be beneficial for younger LDS members, who often use LDS music to help shape their values and religious identity.