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October 21st, 2013
There are only a few hours left until the official release of Prism, Katy Perry’s fourth studio album and follow up to her monster record Teenage Dream. The pop singer has come a long way since her break out hit I Kissed A Girl, but the journey is even more impressive when considering where Perry began her music career – on the Christian music path.
Perry isn’t the only artist to go from preaching to pop. Here are six artists who found God and then found mainstream success.
1. Jessica Simpson
Jessica Simpson’s first album was Jessica, a Christian record, but was never released as a result of the label’s bankruptcy. Jessica’s father Joe was a minister and the singer was outspoken about her decision to remain a virgin until her first marriage to Nick Lachey.
2. Big Sean
Before he was a member of G.O.O.D. Music, Detroit rapper Big Sean promoted a Christian lifestyle in his music.
3. Katy Perry
Katy Perry’s parents were Pentecostal pastors and her first album, Katy Hudson, fell under the gospel genre.
4. Brian Littrell
The Backstreet Boys member originally thought he would become a music minister before he joined the hugely successful boy band. While on hiatus from BSB in 2006, Littrell released his first solo Christian album, Welcome Home.
5. Michelle Williams
Since the break up of Destiny’s Child, Michelle Williams has gone on to have a successful gospel career, releasing two contemporary Christian albums.
6. The Jonas Brothers
Before Disney and reality shows and shocking break ups, there was the solo album Nicholas Jonas, which included songs like Dear God and Joy to the World (A Christmas Prayer).Tweet