WILLIAMSPORT -- Mainstream hip-hop music has a bad rap among those attending the Rock Your Mic event Friday night at the Youth Center of Gateway Ministries in Williamsport, where various artists used contemporary hip-hop and reggaeton rhythms to praise the Lord.
Victoria Hines, 14, attends Gateway Christian Academy and listens to Christian music, she said.
"I think if you listen to Christian music, it helps you focus on what you have, on your relationship with God," Victoria said.
Christian music is a "positive influence in the world we live in," said Yamiley Pierre, 20, a youth leader at the church.
"Music is powerful. It impacts who you are," Pierre said.
Victoria and Pierre later joined the jumping, clapping crowd in front of the stage, where dozens of people were rocking to the music of Maicol, a hip-hop and urban Latin reggaeton artist.