There are numerous artists who similarly changed the content of their music and performances for religious reasons. In fact, I seem to discover a new one every day. I’d mentioned five other born-again musicians in an earlier post, but I only know of Little Richad and Al Green making changes to their repertoire. Others whom I did not mention include Ma$e (briefly), Cheryl “Salt” James of Salt ‘N Pepa and Coko of SWV. See more here.
I've been thinking about these "transformations" and wondering if it may be a cultural trend. The majority of the popular artists whom I hear about are African American. Why is that? Perhaps it's because the church has always played an important role in the African American community, and many R&B singers develop their talent there. I haven't done too much research on this outside of Prince's story, but I would like to. I'll be keeping my eye out for books and dissertations on the subject. Maybe it's something that I will take on after this book (yikes!).
R.I.P. Donna Summer
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