R&B soul singer Chrisette Michele says she was broken to her core following backlash over her decision to perform at President Trump’s inauguration last year. But now she’s bounced back and has released a new gospel album.
Michele performed with gospel singer and preacher Travis Greene at the Liberty Ball, the first of three official balls held in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 20, 2017, celebrating Trump’s inauguration. Following her participation, the soul singer said she lost numerous fans and was even disowned by members of her family. Michele was also dropped from her record label.
The 35-year-old singer-songwriter said in a post on her Rich Hipster blog that although she was nearly destroyed by the losses she suffered and attacks against her that affected her health and led to a miscarriage, she now has a newfound faith in God.
“God is moving. It’s blowing my mind. Growing up in the church, you learn that God is great. But as you get older He proves it,” she wrote in her blog’s introduction.
Michele said she grew up in the church and spoke in tongues as early as 9-years-old. Nevertheless, it was the backlash that she received over the past two years that solidified her faith in Jesus like never before.
“I want to record a [g]ospel album. That’s crazy to me. I’ve always been so opposed to creating things specifically for those who are trying to live a life after Christ. I’ve always said, ‘Let me create for the ones who don’t know Him. Let me be an example of a ‘real’ human being who honors Him in my actions,'” she explained. “You know what happened? I fell flat on my face in front of the whole world. God had to show me that what I do for the Kingdom isn’t for ‘me’ to shine but it’s for ‘Him’ to shine.”
Up until now, Michele’s music focused on love and life, and was never overtly Christian. The New York native says she will now do what she believes God wants her to do.
“Over last two years I’ve gotten to know God like never before. My latest ‘fail’ broke me to the core,” she admitted. “This time I knew that I had to stop trying to be perfect. I had to let go and let God.”
Michele chose to keep her “face at His throne” and said she replaced the noise of her critics with Christian films, music and all things Christ centered.
“I covered my ears from the noise and replaced it with the music and the books, speeches and movies His children make. It was the first time in my life where I really realized why [g]ospel artists create gospel music,” she continued. “They create for everyday people like you and me who are imperfect. … We are all human and looking to God to make us whatever He desires. We all seek purpose.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jeannie Law