For close to two decades, singer-songwriter Israel Houghton has managed to keep much of his personal life out of the spotlight, but that's all about to change.
The four-time Grammy Award winner is giving the world a glimpse of what goes on behind-the-scenes with an upcoming one-night cinematic event called "Israel Houghton & NewBreed – Covered: Alive in Asia."
"I did what I've always been kind of reluctant to do and that is to turn cameras on and open up my life a little bit more to people. I feel like when I get on stage, I want to really open up a way to God for people as opposed to having them look at me," Houghton told The Christian Post. "It was a challenge for me because I do maintain my privacy a little bit as it relates to my life and my life off the stage." more >>
If a contestant on a music-centered talent program had said they were not going to sing, their chances of wowing the audience would probably be zilch.
"I don't like singing," said 12-year-old Sydney, a ukulele-playing student from Thailand, before the judges of "Got Talent Global."
Sydney explained that she had been playing the ukulele for two years, but when it came to singing, she was "not confident." more >>
Kirk Franklin's hit song "I Smile" has blessed countless people, but it also sparked pride in the artist who delayed his eleventh studio album to avoid the possibility of not meeting people's expectations.
With 11 albums, his own record label, multiple television shows, accolades and countless production credits for some of the biggest names in gospel music, Franklin still allowed insecurities to keep him from releasing new music.
"To be transparent, that's what took me so long to do the album. A lot of it was fear, and then I really began to learn that spiritually fear is a form of pride," Franklin revealed to The Christian Post. "It was pride that I would never be able to live up to 'I Smile.' I would tend to just kind of stay away, because I was scared of not being accepted like I was with 'I Smile.'" more >>
Who ever said that the good old hymns aren't popular anymore? One local Christian music duo showed that the old ditties still have power.
The Singing Contractors, a couple of, well, singing contractors, performed upon request the classic "Old Rugged Cross."
Visiting a woman in the hospital, they ask her what song she wants them to sing. At first she says "How Great Thou Art," but changes her mind to "Old Rugged Cross." more >>
An enraged Christian mom ambushed Katy Perry's dad and scolded him for raising a "Satanic" daughter.
The confrontation, which was caught on camera, showed Christine Weick venting her anger at Katy Perry's father Keith Hudson for allegedly leading her son and millions of other individuals to hell. The angry Christian mother blames the pop singer for her son's decision to drop his faith, according to Refinery 29.
The video that went viral was taken from outside a Christian radio station in Phoenix, Arizona. In an interview with TMZ, Hudson said this was the first time that someone viciously attacked him about his daughter's career. He added that he really thought the woman was going to hurt him physically, Clizbeats reports. more >>
After decades of ministering to millions through sermons and songs, Pastor Donnie McClurkin found himself in need of a listening ear. The gospel singer vented to his worldwide supporters last Friday as he copes with the death of his 13-year-old niece, Trinity.
Trinity died from a seizure in her sleep in late October, which marks the fourth death McClurkin's family has had to endure in four years. The Grammy Award-winning artist admits that he has been having a tough time dealing with his most recent loss, and tweeted followers before addressing them live on Periscope.