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New Catholic Spanish language record label seeks to catch up to Christian industry

New Catholic Spanish language record label seeks to catch up to Christian industry

(RNS) — Take a look at the Best Christian Album (Spanish Language) category at the Latin Grammys, and you might think the vast majority of Latino Christians in Latin America and the U.S. are evangelical Protestants. Most of the winners have been a rotating collection of evangelical pastors and praise musicians. But that doesn’t reflect the numbers on the ground. While Catholicism has seen a steep decline among Latinos in the United States and across Latin America, in the two decades since the Latin Grammys added the category, Latino Catholics still outnumber their evangelical counterparts in the U.S. and Latin America by more than 2 to 1. Evangelical Latino performers benefit from the more established evangelical Christian music industry. “Christian music has an industry that we don’t have,” said Juan Delgado, the most recent Catholic winner of the award, using “Christian” as shorthand for non-Catholic Christians. Nonetheless, he said, research shows that many Christian music listeners are Catholic.  Now, Delgado and another veteran Latino Catholic musician have partnered up to create their own label with …