Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Communication Studies


Communication Studies

First Advisor

Larsen, Robin

Second Advisor

Radomski, James

Third Advisor

Chuang, Rueyling


This study examines popular female Christian vocalists of the 1970s and 1980s, their images and their contemporary Christian music (CCM) lyrics. This literature illustrates how music becomes popular, and also how it becomes a powerful source of communication, which prompts popular culture and society to buy into its style and lyrics. The implications of this study illustrates the importance of image and lyrics and how certain female CCM vocalists had greater influences, impact and had the ability to make changes within their female audiences towards Christianity.