I’d like to tell you a little story. It’s about a woman who wrote and performed innovative Christian music, becoming arguably the most popular female Christian artist of her time. So successful was she that her songs were even used in hymnals and songbooks across the world.
But a few years after her success, she came out as a lesbian and was buried under a heap of criticism.
Sounds a bit familiar, right?
But this isn’t the story of Jennifer Knapp, the popular Christian artist who came out this month as a lesbian. This is the story of Marsha Stevens, the woman who has been called the mother of Contemporary Christian Music. She began her career in the late 1960s and penned the popular song “For Those Tears I Died.” But her revelation of her sexuality in 1979 exiled her from mainstream Christian music.
Yes, the woman who birthed CCM was a lesbian.
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