In this review of Ari Y. Kelman's Shout to the Lord: Making Worship Music in Evangelical America, I describe the strengths and challenges of examining the cultural production of worship music thematically, as Kelman has chosen to focus on songwriting, worship leading, and the music industry in sequence.

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Andrew Mall (Ph.D. University of Chicago, 2012) is Assistant Professor of Music at Northeastern University. His research and teaching focus on research methods; nostalgia, collecting, and consumption; categories of mainstream and underground musics; histories of the recording industries; music festivals; the political economies of evangelical congregational musics; and the organizational practices and hierarchies of small and large institutions in music industries. His current book project is titled Music on the Margins: Niche Markets, Christian Rock, and Popular Music. He is co-editor, with Jeffers Engelhardt and Monique M. Ingalls, of the forthcoming volume Studying Congregational Music: Key Issues, Methods, and Theoretical Perspectives.

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