Country music icon Dolly Parton recently gave an interview in which she explained that she "loved and accepted" her lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender fans and urged fellow Christians not to judge anyone.
Parton was asked how she felt about the iconic Dollywood being a place that attracts all types of fans from church groups, to gays and lesbians. She reacted with a message for Christians.
"It's a place for entertainment, a place for all families, period," Parton told Billboard Magazine of Dollywood. "It's for all that. But as far as the Christians, if people want to pass judgment, they're already sinning. The sin of judging is just as bad as any other sin they might say somebody else is committing. I try to love everybody." more >>
LOS ANGELES – Having personally attended more than 200 concerts and seen about 150 performers and performing groups, the Hillsong United event was the best I've ever witnessed. From the spectacular sound, lighting and staging, to the crowd participation – the experience was powerfully moving, and a time of corporate worship beyond words. Let's just say it was the largest and loudest "choir" I've ever heard.
More than 17,000 Hillsong fans sang, danced, and worshiped as one during a dynamic concert Thursday in which they were not only treated to one of the best Christian music-producing groups on the planet, but had the opportunity to be a part of a potentially historic film planned for release early next year.
As 12 cameras captured the worship concert, Pastor Brian Houston of the Sydney-based Hillsong Church, stood for much of the time with arms in the air, smiling ear-to-ear just above the floor-level seating from his front row seat. more >>
In an extraordinary look at one of country music's biggest stars, the documentary "I'll Be Me" follows Glen Campbell and his family as they cope with the singer's Alzheimer's diagnosis.
Campbell, best known for his hit songs "Rhinestone Cowboy," "Galveston" and "Wichita Lineman," has released 70 albums during his 50-year career in show business, which also includes a supporting role in the original "True Grit" film. However, just as Campbell was preparing to release his 61st album "Ghost on the Canvas" in 2011, it was revealed that the 78-year-old country music legend was suffering from Alzheimer's disease.
Fortunately, Campbell and his wife of almost 30 years, Kim, made the best of what could have ended his career. Instead of going into hiding, the Campbell family decided to not only embark on a "Goodbye Tour," but allowed filmmaker James Keach to chronicle Campbell's life as his dementia worsened as featured in "I'll Be Me." Speaking to The Christian Post, Kim explained her hope that the revealing film raises awareness of Alzheimer's, including its effects on both patients and caregivers. more >>
This 80-year-old pianist mom, Natalie, has been performing in and out of Melbourne, Australia. Her son Matthew Trayling decides to record a street performance and put it on the internet for all to witness her God-given talent.
In her country, Natalie is actually quite famous. This grandmother has incredible musical skills and can play the piano like a professional. Natalie can probably become a professional if she actually wanted to, but she loves to play on the streets so everyone can enjoy her music for free. Even you will enjoy her performance live from Melbourne, as it is very peaceful.
Watch Natalie's street performance below: more >>
Alternative rock musician and Dove Award winning Christian Michael Gungor of the musical collective, Gungor, is now calling for unity in Christendom months after being branded a heretic and other names like "twofold son of hell" for challenging the literal interpretation of the book of Genesis in the Bible.
Gungor, the son of a preacher, rattled the Christian community this year when he revealed that he and his wife, Lisa, the faces of the musical collective, don't literally believe in stories from the Bible on such topics as creation and the flood, a departure from orthodox Christian doctrine.
The revelation drew the ire of many Christian fundamentalists who have consumed Gungor music to the point of making some of the collective's popular songs like "Dry Bones" and "Beautiful Things" worship anthems. more >>
This 7-year-old, Carson Peters, joined by Rhonda Vincent & The Rage sing a jaw-dropping version of "Amazing Grace." This fiddle master has incredible God-given talents!
You will be worshipping while listening and singing along with them. Carson Peters really knows how to make a crowd get into it, and the duet with Rhonda Vincent & The Rage is just perfect together. Watch as the whole church gets blessed and serenaded by the singing by this group.
Watch this version of "Amazing Grace" below: more >>