Country music has always been about storytelling and some of today's most popular country stars are making God a part of those stories with new songs about faith.
Many country singers belt out the occasional hymn made popular by pioneers such as the Carter Sisters when they perform on stage at the Grand Ole Opry House and the Ryman Auditorium. While country artists are no longer expected to cut gospel albums, they do continue to create songs inspired by their Christian roots.
Here's a list of seven high-profile country artists who mention God or Christianity in the new albums.
Blake Shelton's "God's Country"
Blake Shelton's single "God's Country" is climbing the country airplay charts. "The Voice" judge even performed his anthem at the Academy of Country Music Awards, in Las Vegas this year.
Written by Jordan Schmidt, Michael Hardy and Devin Dawson, "God's Country," combines Christian imagery with rural tradition.
"I saw the light in the sunrise/ Sittin' back in the 40 on the muddy riverside/ Gettin' baptized in holy water and shine/ With the dogs runnin'/ Saved by the sound of the been found/ Dixie whistled in the wind, that'll get you heaven bound/ The devil went down to Georgia but he didn't stick around/ This is God's country," Shelton sings in the chorus.