Christian musicians are broadening their reach to late night television as Lecrae, Switchfoot, and others are now being invited as guest musicians to popular secular shows and showcasing their talents.
With the success of his album, Anomaly, Lecrae was given the opportunity to appear on ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’ in September and later returned at the top of the year and was given the chance to have a full performance.
Lecrae made history when he became the first Christian rapper on late night television. He performed a snippet of his song “All I Need is You” with the Roots along with several others.
For his second appearance on the late night show he modeled after Dr. Martin King Jr and decided to talk about social issues with his song “Welcome to America.” Clips of Dr. King were inserted in certain parts of the song as Lecrae rapped over the backdrop of an American flag. At the end of his performance he encouraged the audience watching to go see ‘Selma’.
Likewise in July 2014, Switchfoot, the alternative rock band who are no strangers to late night television, played their single “When We Come Alive” on the ‘Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson’ on CBS.
The most recent artist to appear on Late Night television is singer/songwriter Mali Music. In his soulful performance of “I Believe” on last night’s episode of ‘Late Show with Seth Meyers’ he did not shy away from overtly mentioning God and his faith.