Mario Bautista has topped the Billboard Social Media 50 chart. He's now sharing the spotlight along with stars like Rihanna, Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift. Just recently, he has reached more than 8 million followers on his social media accounts, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Vine and Tumblr.
Meet the 20 year old Mexican who captured the hearts of millions of netizens. Here are five facts about Mario Bautista that helped him reach social media stardom:
1. Mario Bautista comes from a family of musicians. Fans already know that Mario can sing and dance, but not everyone is aware that he actually came from a very talented family of musicians. In fact, he is a cousin of the famous singer Fey. Mario has always loved singing since he was just a little kid. He also took dance and voice lessons at a very young age. more >>
Lecrae says he refuses to conform to who people think he should be as a rapper who's also a Christian.
The 36-year-old born Lecrae Devaughn Moore took to Twitter on Sunday to tell over 1 million followers: "I'm not who people assume I am. I don't fit neatly into people's boxes or conform to people's labels."
Even though Lecrae is a Christian, he has never subscribed to the stereotypes that come along with his faith. more >>
Fantasia Barrino has revealed that her love story with husband, Kendall Taylor, began with a fast.
"I did a seven-month fast. For me that was long," she said in an interview and Q&A hosted by AOL last week. "I went without drinking, partying, talking to any guys. That was a bit much for me."
The 32-year-old singer who released her fifth studio album The Definition Of... last week explained that she met her husband after the fast ended. more >>
Candace Cameron Bure could be called a triple threat — a dancer, actress and author — but it's another member of the family who might soon be featured on network TV showcasing her talents.
According to Us Weekly, Bure's daughter, Natasha, will be using her gift as a singer to audition for the next season of "The Voice."
The proud mom regularly posts videos of her only daughter singing worship songs in church, but now the 17 year old is reportedly hitting "The Voice" stage to audition for season 11. According to the celebrity news publication, the "Fuller House" star was on set during blind auditions to support her daughter. more >>
Brian "Head" Welch, co-founder of the nu metal band Korn who left the group in 2005 after becoming a Christian amid his struggle with drug addiction, rejoined the band eight years later. In a media interview, the New York Times bestselling author explains why he did that.
"Having gotten into Christianity, gotten clean and turned your life around, did you have reservations about diving back into the rock and roll lifestyle with Korn?" The Arizona Republic asked the Korn guitarist, who is ranked among Guitar World's 100 Greatest Heavy Metal Guitarists of All Time, in a recent lengthy, candid interview.
"If it was a crazy party still, I would not have gone back. I mean, I'm around parties and we go to bars sometimes. I hang out with my friends and some of them drink mildly, but if there was, like, cocaine and bong rips thrown in my face every day, I couldn't do it," said Welch, who is now returning to Phoenix on a co-headlining tour with horror-rock legend Rob Zombie. more >>
Jesus Culture members Bryan & Katie Torwalt released their new album Champion over the weekend and the popular worship leaders opened up about the rewards and challenges they face being married and working in ministry together.
Champion is the first new album since the Torwalts' last studio release Kingdom Come in 2013. The young couple have been working together in ministry for years. Their debut album Here On Earth produced this year's Grammy-winning song "Holy Spirit" recorded by Francesca Battistelli, which hit No. 1 on the National Audience Chart and is currently a Top 5 CCLI (Christian Copyright Licensing International) song.
"When we wrote that song, it was one of the first worship songs we wrote many many years ago and we had no idea how God would use that song. We had no clue that it would go outside of our little world or even that other people would record it. We had no clue or could even have anticipated it, or replicated it or anything," Katie told The Christian Post. "I don't think that there is a formula. I think that God used it and that's what we needed to declare and sing right now." more >>