Singer and entertainer Demi Lovato told fans at a Los Angeles Pride parade earlier this month that she believed in a God who accepted everyone, regardless of their sexual orientation.
"You don't have to hate, because my Jesus loves all," Lovato said before performing her new single "Really Don't Care," a break-up song seemingly rethemed as a Pride anthem.
Lovato's Pride performance is also the setting for the song's recently released music video which opens with footage showing protesters with signs saying "Jesus saves from hell" and "Homo sex is sin." The video also shows excited concert attendees, a "no bullying" message and a lesbian couple kissing. more >>
Beyonce Knowles' pastor Rudy Rasmus praised the singer's charitable work during a recent interview, saying she has made an impact within his ministry because of her "incredible heart."
Beyonce attended St. John's United Methodist Church in Houston before becoming famous and now she and her family continue to donate millions to the church to help the homeless and feed the poor.
"She's an incredible human being. Has an incredible heart and has been extremely helpful in our mission and our ministry here," said Rasmus, reports Houston-based KHOU news. "She has a global platform and is doing some amazing work and I'm glad she's a friend of mine." more >>
Country music artist Lee Brice is planning to step outside his genre to record a Gospel album with his mother as a way to pay homage to his original musical influences.
Brice, known for earning Grammy nominations and other notable accolades despite his short time in the contemporary country music scene, grew up playing Gospel tunes on his aunt's piano and now wants to make the new project a family affair.
"My mom and all her sisters sang gospel music my whole life, and they're amazing. They made a record in Nashville," said Brice, reports Rolling Stone. "I'm going to send a tour bus to pick them all up in South Carolina in July and bring them here to my house, and I'm going to make a new record on them. We're going to sing classic gospel songs and have them sing in the background." more >>
Carol Maraj could have been satisfied with giving birth to the Hip Hop sensation known to the world as Nicki Minaj, but the superstar's mother has much more to offer the world.
Carol has plans to showcase her own musical abilities while praising God and helping victims of domestic violence along the way. For years, the world has experienced the hard hitting vocals of Nicki Minaj, 31, who has successfully released two number one albums and become the most-charted female rapper in the history of the Billboard Hot 100.
While The New York Times named Nicki Minaj "the most influential female rapper of all time," it may have been her mother Carol's Christian faith and prayers that helped propel the Queens, N.Y. girl born Onika Maraj into an international superstar. more >>
Mali Music, an undeniably talented and inspiring Christian singer who ditched the gospel niche to find "freedom" in the mainstream music industry last year through a deal with RCA Records, released his first R&B/soul album with the company last week, but maintains that he is still on "assignment from God" despite critics arguing that he isn't.
"Sittin' back, reflecting on one of the most memorable days of my life!! A lot has happened and there's EVEN MORE to come. I'm grateful for and focused on my assignment from God. So stay tuned....it's gonna be a BEAUTIFUL journey!" wrote the 26-year-old singer whose real name is Kortney Jamaal Pollard on his Facebook page Sunday.
Mali Music, who released his first mainstream album with RCA on June 17, says many Christians were surprised when he announced he was going mainstream and made hurtful pronouncements on his decision without fully understanding what he would be doing. more >>
Opera singer Tamar Iveri has been released from her contract with Opera Australia and what was supposed to be her lead role as Desdemona in "Otello" next month, after controversial comments were uncovered on her Facebook page that compared gay and lesbian people to fecal matter.
"Opera Australia confirms soprano Ms Tamar Iveri will not be performing in 'Otello.' Opera Australia has reached agreement with Ms Iveri to immediately release her from her contract with the company," the company said in a statement on Monday. "Ms Iveri has unreservedly apologized for those comments and views. Opera Australia believes the views as stated to be unconscionable."
Australian Broadcasting Corporation News reported that the controversial comments on Iveri's Facebook page, which were posted last year but deleted shortly afterwards, described gay people as "sewage" and "fecal masses." more >>