Jackie Hill-Perry, a Christian rapper who identifies as a former lesbian, recently explained why she thinks the leadership around her was effective in counseling to her as a homosexual and believes the church needs to look deeper than just a person's sexuality when it comes to ministering to gays.
The rapper recently spoke with The Gospel Coalition and was asked "what is the most important thing church leaders can do to help people in their congregations who struggle with same-sex attraction?"
"What was helpful for me was that my leadership did not isolate my same-sex attraction from my whole person. They looked to see 'how can I help her in a Gospel-centric way that's holistic' because it wasn't that I struggle with lesbianism. I struggled with hatred, bitterness, laziness, gluttony, lack of stewardship, pride. There was a lot to me that was much deeper than just my sexuality," said Hill-Perry. more >>
Grammy-winning singer Adele is reportedly ready to release her next album by November, according to a report in Billboard. Adele, whose sophomore album "21" became one of the world's top-selling albums of the century, earned a Grammy with the said album which was released four years ago in 2011. Music fans are eagerly awaiting the singer's next album since it has been a while since she released anything new.
In May 2014, the singer had hinted that she was working on her next album, but her record label and her publicists have been keeping mum about when the album will be released.
According to a report in Billboard, Adele has collaborated with various songwriters and producers on her next record. Some of the names mentioned include Danger Mouse, a Grammy-winning producer, and songwriters Max Martin, Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic and Tobias Jesso, Jr. more >>
After putting his career on hold to focus on his family, Dathan Thigpen, the season eight winner of "Sunday Best All Stars," believes God has redeemed all the gospel singer believed was lost.
Thigpen, the 34-year-old Jackson native, is a husband of seven years and father of two who believes God has honored him for choosing to halt his music aspirations for three years in order to focus on family during a rocky time in his marriage.
Devoting more of his time to family also meant the father of 3- and 5-year-old boys would lose out on furthering his singing career. more >>
BJ Thompson, a former member of ReachLife ministries, an organization which serves as the outreach arm of Reach Records, recently expressed his concerns about the state of Christian hip-hop.
Speaking with the Christian rap media outlet Rapzilla in an interview posted last week, Thompson, who once served in ministry with Lecrae and other Reach artists, warned that some artists "can be a representative in Christian culture and not know Christ."
"Overall I'm excited. There's a growing number of artists who are very expressive, creative. We see a lot of professionalism in Christian hip-hop. ... But the thing that alarms me is something that's unique about Christian music or culture is that you can be a representative in Christian culture and not know Christ. And so, one thing that concerns me about new artists is that we made the platform, the spotlight of Christianity more attractive than Christ," said Thompson to Rapzilla. more >>
Nicki Minaj, a rapper known for exhibiting explicitly sexual content in her songs and stage performances, thanked her pastor on Sunday after receiving the award for best hip-hop video at the MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles, California.
The songstress snagged the win for her "Anaconda" video which set YouTube records during its release last year.
"This is so random, you know who I want to thank tonight? My pastor," said Minaj. "Thank you, Pastor Lydia. I love you so much." more >>
Within the first few seconds after little Elha begins to sing, you will be blown away. God has given her a gift and she is using it to the fullest potential on this night ... Wow!
This beautiful young girl took the stage for an audition at The Voice Kids Philippines, and couldn't have put on a better show. Anyone who watches this will be completely memerized when she starts to sing. It's not everyday that you find a girl as well-coached as Elha, and with such confidence. The song choice complements her voice, and she is able to deliver it in such a magical way. Elha sings "You'll Never Walk Alone" beautifully.
Get ready to be covered in goosebumps from head to toe after hearing this audition. Be sure to SHARE this with all your friends and family! more >>