Amy Grant, the most successful Christian music recording artist of all time, says she has always embraced her gay following.
The singer says she never felt the need to reconcile her faith with her acceptance of gay people.
‘I know that the religious community has not been very welcoming, but I just want to stress that the journey of faith brings us into community, but it’s really about one relationship. The journey of faith is just being willing and open to have a relationship with God. And everybody is welcome. Everybody,’ Grant tells PrideSource in her first interview with the LGBT press.
Her acceptance is not something that has just happened recently.
Now 52, Grant says she was aware of gay fans at her concerts when she was just 18.
‘You know what’s so interesting, even when I was discovering my own sexuality and meeting people that had a different experience, I didn’t categorize then, and I don’t categorize right now,’ she says. ‘It makes me realize that I don’t have any idea of what it would feel like every moment of my life to go somewhere and feel judged.’
Grant is releasing her first new studio album in more than a decade called How Mercy Looks From Here.
She believes there’s a reason why she has always seemed to connect with gay fans: ‘Everybody is outside of some circle, but what I’ve always wanted to do is have a message of honesty and welcoming, and being willing to say this is the good, bad and the ugly. This is who I am. And if I’m saying that about myself, it’s like, jump in, the water’s fine. So I love that. I love that people connect to my music.’