Gloria Gaynor: Queen of the Discos, now a follower of God

Tuesday 1st May 1990

Once she sang "I Will Survive". Now GLORIA GAYNOR tells the public how.

Gloria Gaynor
Gloria Gaynor

Gloria Gaynor was once crowned Queen of the Discos. Now she's relinquished her crown to a true King. Gloria Gaynor's popstar shone brightest during the height of the 70s Disco Boom. Multi-million selling hits like "Never Can Say Goodbye" and "I Will Survive" made her an international dance celebrity.

"I knew that after I had finished playing I was going to get up the next day and be drinking champagne from morning to night, partying, carrying on and doing all the things God didn't want me to do. With all of that, I began to realise something was missing". Trying to return to her church going roots, the singer began to occasionally visit church when her touring schedule allowed. Then one Sunday she witnessed a man being received into the church as a member "because he believed in the birth, death and resurrection of Christ." Everything began to fall into place. As Gloria tells it, "I rushed home from church, dusted off my Bible, opened it up and cried out to God, 'If you really are there then answer this, 'who is this Jesus and do I need to know him?'". Flicking through her Bible Gloria came across Isaiah 14 'Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign, the virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel, God with us.' Gloria continues, "'God with us.' That really started questions floating about in my mind. The first thing I wanted to know was when was this prediction made, was it while this woman was pregnant? Then I realised the prediction was made 700 years before Jesus was born. I began to go through the Gospels and, realising that the Bible said Christ is the fulfilment of all the prophecies of the Messiah I just asked God to make it real to me." God did. Since that day in 1982 Gloria's faith has blossomed and strengthened. She still tours the clubs and still performs her big hits but now she has a new perspective on songs like, 'I Will Survive'. Comments Gloria, "I used to tell them, 'I Will Survive', now I will tell them how". CR

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Tony CummingsTony Cummings is the music editor for Cross Rhythms website and attends Grace Church in Stoke-on-Trent.


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