Edit 11/16/2015 – Since this terrorist attack on Paris this past weekend, this post has had a spike in views. I take that to mean that Christians are wanting to express solidarity and lament in response to this tragedy. Amen! If you have come here for that reason, may the Lord bless your ministry.
At my church, we have the unusual privileged of worshiping with a small community of Congolese immigrants who have become part of our congregation. In the Congo, there are many tribal dialects, but the common language is French as a result of their to the Belgian colonial influence. In American, there is a growing influence of Spanish, but French is mainly left out of the mainstream. As a result, I haven’t run into a lot of resources for French worship songs. This week, I did a little digging and found several cool ministries who have done a lot of translation and are giving away chord sheets for these resources. I’m planning on traveling this summer to the Congo and so I’m excite to try out some of these tunes that are familiar to me en français. (This list does not include actual Congolese artists, but that’s for another post).
I found all these artist’s recordings on iTunes.
Added 2015: Glorious
http://glorious.fr/site/ – this is a vineyard/Hillsong style worship group in Paris. I HIGHLY recommend their song “Ta Grâce” because it’s very simple to incorporate into a non-Francophone context and it’s the gospel.
Sebastian Demrey & Jimmy Lahaie
http://heritagemusique.com/ – these guys are a kind of hymn revival group out of Canada. Acoustic, laid back, a real PCA sound. There’s a nice recording of “I Surrender All” on their “Heritage II”
http://stephanequery.com/wp/ – This guy is another Canadian. He’s done a ton of recordings. There’s some nice covers that he’s done of “Hosanna (Fraiser)” and “Everlasting God”.
http://impactmusique.bandcamp.com/album/infiniment-grand – This is a youth band out of Quebec. They have a real Hillsongs vibe. They do a solid cover of “Our God”.
http://www.leadworship.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=22&products_id=57 – Paul Baloche is the composer of “Open the Eyes of My Heart”, “Above all” and a number of other solid modern worship staples. Apparently, he has Canadian roots, so he did a greatest hits in French recording.
ICC Gospel Choir
Not sure where these guys are from, but you can check out the video and get and idea of what they’re like.