Copyright c Baptist Press. Reprinted from Baptist Press www. BP --Dove Award-winning artist Jennifer Knapp has revealed in a series of interviews that she is a lesbian and in a relationship -- a revelation that may shock many in the Christian community but that should serve as a lesson for the evangelical church, a Southern Baptist Convention leader says.
Sign Up to receive Our Latest Updates! Flynn A fter an intense burst of publicity following her decision to come out as a partnered lesbian, folk rock musician Jennifer Knapp is now touring for a different audience. Robinson is arguably the most prominent homosexual religious official in the country.
The year-old Kansas native, who dated men during her college days, is braced for a backlash from religious fans who faithfully shot down whispered rumors about her sexuality over the years. In the past, the industry looked dimly on those who deviated from the straight and narrow. Radio stations and retailers quickly dropped Sandi Patty and Michael English after they admitted to separate extra-marital affairs during the s.
Knapp, who releases her first album in nine years next month with the appropriately titled Letting Go, spoke with a few select media outlets to discuss her coming out. I have struggled with how that perception of me will affect the way I feel about myself. In spite of these struggles, Knapp has managed to find peace reconciling her spirituality and sexuality.
Jennifer Lynn Knapp born April 12, is an American-Australian  folk rockand formerly contemporary Christian musician. The Way I Amwas also nominated for a Grammy. In total, the three albums have sold approximately 1 million copies.
A decade ago, Christian singer Jennifer Knapp was riding high with a successful music career, a Grammy nomination and numerous Dove Awards under her belt. But, inshe turned her back on her evangelical fame and virtually disappeared. Years later, Knapp is back -- but with a few surprises.
Their announcements that they were lesbians sent some shock waves through the music industry, the mainstream press and the blogosphere. It has also helped draw plenty of attention to the two women, both of whom have new albums out Knapp released "Letting Go" on May 11; Wright's latest, "Lifted off the Ground" came out on May 4and both of whom the music world has heard very little from for years. But for two artists connected with industries that rely heavily on both physical album sales and radio airplay, the effect that coming out will have on their careers comes down to how radio and retail respond to the news.
InJennifer Knapp had a successful career as a contemporary Christian singer-songwriter. She had sold over a million albums. She had a Grammy nomination and several Dove Awards.
With Grammy nods, two Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, sold-out concerts, and fervent fans, singer-songwriter Jennifer Knapp seemed to have it all. She was touring with acts like Jars of Clay and playing music festivals where the crowds swelled to 40, Yet, on September 27,the Christian music singer locked away her guitar, stopped making music and ran, traveling the U.
Jennifer Knapp shocked the Christian community when she revealed she was a lesbian and had been in a relationship with a woman for the last eight years. Her admission was made back in as she returned to the music scene following a long hiatus after the release of The Way I Am in Up until her break, she had become a favourite on the Christian music scene and sold over a million albums. When she returned to the public eye, it was with a bang, simultaneously releasing three interviews in which she revealed her sexuality - one in in LGBT publication The Advocate, another in the Reuters news agency, and another in the US magazine Christianity Today.