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Thou Shall Not Have Any American Idols? Christian 'Idols' Take Center Stage
The Christian Post ^ | Feb. 04 2011 | Eryn Sun

Posted on 02/05/2011 9:34:21 AM PST by wmfights

It was all sunshine and smiles last night on American Idol, maybe not so much for the judges who witnessed the many, many lemons of Los Angeles, except for two quirky and sweet brothers from the Redlands. Holding up two tickets to Hollywood, Aaron, 27, and Mark Gutierrez, 28, gleefully ran out of the audition room that much closer to becoming the next idol or idols, in this case – but not the blacklisted Bible kind.

The extroverts grew up singing in church “from the womb” and are better known for being members of the GB5, a Christian harmony group recognized for their Latin Gospel praise. Alongside their three other siblings, the brothers fuse their music with jazz, Latin-soul, and a little bit of R&B.

It was no wonder they decided to sing their own soulful rendition of Bill Wither’s 1972 classic “Lean on Me” in harmony, to which Steven Tyler praised, “It was godlike the way you guys sing.”

Godlike and idol-worthy – there seems to be an almost sinful pattern emerging here … but don’t worry. These brothers seem to be well grounded in their faith.

“It’s all about God and not about you,” Aaron shared in an interview with FOX. “That just taught me to stay humble no matter what.”

Believing that God had taken their brotherly talents and formed them into hearts of worship and praise, Aaron quotes Joshua 24:15 on their official website, stating “‘Choose you this day whom you will serve … but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord’ – this has been our commitment from the very beginning.”

The faithful and fashionable duo is hoping to continue to woo America with their God-given talent and funky charm.

Aaron is currently a shoe salesman while not on tour with GB5, while Mark is a substitute teacher and self-declared math nerd – he’s on his way towards an MA in Mathematics.

The Gutierrez brothers are not the only believers that American Idol has witnessed on its sets. In fact, a long lineup of Christians, from worship leaders to avid churchgoers, have graced and continue to take the famous stage.

During Idol’s eighth season, three worship leaders made the top six: the season’s winner, Kris Allen from New Life Church in Arkansas; Danny Gokey of Faith Builders International Ministry, Wis.; and Michael Sarver from Harvest Church, Texas.

Felicia Barton of the same season led worship at Freedom Fellowship in Virginia, while Scott MacIntyre regularly performed at his home church in Arizona.

Several finalists across multiple seasons have also gone on to release Gospel music albums, like Ruben Studdard, season two’s winner, George Huff, RJ Helton, Mandisa, and Chris Sligh.

The more popular and notable “Christian” idols, Jordin Sparks, Chris Daughtry, and Carrie Underwood, all had their vocal start in church or openly profess their faith through their music.

In addition to the overwhelming numbers of Christian artists on the hit show, Journalist Richard Rushfield, who wrote “American Idol: The Untold Story,” shared with USAToday that a huge portion of the audience are conservative Christians.

So what is it about “American Idol” that is drawing in all these people of faith? It couldn’t have been Simon Cowell’s honest rebukes or Paula Abdul’s all-loving remarks. Maybe it was Randy –characteristically cool and unchanging? Who knows now with a whole new cast of characters serving as judges.

Although many viewers and contestants might have Christian roots, the show does its best to cater to all audiences. And the only requirement of an aspiring American Idol singer is to do one thing well – sing.


TOPICS: Charismatic Christian; Evangelical Christian; General Discusssion
KEYWORDS: faith; idolatry
Believing that God had taken their brotherly talents and formed them into hearts of worship and praise, Aaron quotes Joshua 24:15 on their official website, stating “‘Choose you this day whom you will serve … but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord’ – this has been our commitment from the very beginning.”


1 posted on 02/05/2011 9:34:24 AM PST by wmfights
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To: wmfights

If the kids can remember to do everything for the Lord, they’ll be OK. I’m a singer/songwriter/musician. I did the bars for a long time, then became disillusioned (and sober). Became a Christian in 2000. Started writing gospel songs. Now, I’m a worship leader at a cowboy church in AZ. I also do a lot of secular venues.

It always amazes me how I can do a gospel song in a church and get little reaction. I can that same gospel song at a secular event and have the crowd on it’s feet. I know that God gave me a gift, and I nearly destroyed it. When people praise me for my talent, I say “thank you” and put the praise back where it belongs.


2 posted on 02/05/2011 9:54:01 AM PST by stansblugrassgrl (PRAISE THE LORD AND PASS THE AMMUNITION!!! YEEEEEHAW!)
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To: stansblugrassgrl

Good attitude...I’ve always liked what Corrie Ten Boom had to say about accepting compliments.

She said, “When people come up and give me a compliment... I take each remark as if it were a flower. At the end of the day I lift up the bouquet of flowers I have gathered throughout the day and say, ‘Here you are, Lord, it is all Yours.’”


3 posted on 02/05/2011 10:05:27 AM PST by dawn53
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To: stansblugrassgrl
Wow, what a great testimony!

God Bless you.

If the kids can remember to do everything for the Lord, they’ll be OK.

We all know it's easier said then done. I think it is so hard for young people. There are so many anti-Christian influences and the peer pressure is tough.

4 posted on 02/05/2011 10:08:37 AM PST by wmfights (If you want change support SenateConservatives.com)
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To: dawn53

I’ve heard that before. It’s such a beautiful way of saying it. All praise, honor and glory belong to God.


5 posted on 02/05/2011 10:17:56 AM PST by stansblugrassgrl (PRAISE THE LORD AND PASS THE AMMUNITION!!! YEEEEEHAW!)
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To: wmfights

Kind of like the testing of Christ in the desert. The world is nothing but temptation. It’s so funny when I hear people praising me for a talent that is, as Rush says, on loan from God. I’ll take credit for developing the talent, and practicing my butt off, but not for the talent itself.

Worship in church is such a strange thing. So many times, people who have no talent are giving the task. The lure of pride sneaks and they don’t want to give up the mic. I was once told by the pastor at a church we were attending that I was “too good” and was a distraction to the service. I will not dumb myself down to make others comfortable. I expect them to rise to the occasion and give the Lord their best. In many respects the “world” is easier to deal with then those in the church.

My band and I played at a gospel event recently. The organizers said they would pay X amount of money. The event was poorly attended. However, we played the gig and did more then was asked. I accepted the pay. The organizers later called me “greedy” for accepting the money (the band wasn’t greedy - just me). We played another event that same day with a similar situation. The “world” gave me the money that was agreed upon, loved what we did and booked us for several more months. Go figure.

Sorry for the ramble. As for the testimony, there’s a lot more there. I tell folks that God has a sense of humor and I’m proof - He took a bar singer and turned her into a gospel singer. I also say, you can take the girl out of the bar, but you can’t take the bar out of the girl. I like to bring energy, power and joy into worship. If it’s not joyful, it’s not worth it. I think sometimes people in the church mistake confidence for pride. There’s a big difference.

Someone once told me I was annointed. I asked what that meant, thinking it meant I was important or something. The person said all it meant was - I was willing to show up and be used. Kind of puts it in perspective.


6 posted on 02/05/2011 10:37:07 AM PST by stansblugrassgrl (PRAISE THE LORD AND PASS THE AMMUNITION!!! YEEEEEHAW!)
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To: stansblugrassgrl
My band and I played at a gospel event recently. The organizers said they would pay X amount of money. The event was poorly attended. However, we played the gig and did more then was asked. I accepted the pay. The organizers later called me “greedy” for accepting the money (the band wasn’t greedy - just me).

Sometimes people put forget Scripture. Remember the parable about the workers hired to harvest a vineyard. The ones hired in the morning were paid the same as those hired around noon and those that were hired in the afternoon. The price was set.

I tell folks that God has a sense of humor and I’m proof - He took a bar singer and turned her into a gospel singer. I also say, you can take the girl out of the bar, but you can’t take the bar out of the girl.

Maybe that's your mission field.

7 posted on 02/05/2011 10:49:03 AM PST by wmfights (If you want change support SenateConservatives.com)
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To: stansblugrassgrl; wmfights

What an interesting story, stansblugrassgrl. Thank you for sharing it.

My family has a Spanish Christian band, which takes some doing since I’m the only one who speaks or understands Spanish. I’ll look for the Gutierrez brothers’ music. Listening to a good Spanish worship band is like being in heaven, I think.


8 posted on 02/05/2011 11:54:32 AM PST by Tax-chick (We don't like original material, unless it's been done before.)
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To: Tax-chick; wmfights

Here’s a link to my web site. I have a few songs on there and a couple of videos. One of these days, I’ll be updating it with new songs. We have a small recording studio and do everything ourselves, so it takes time. We are the ultimate do-it-yourselfers. Too dumb to know any different. ;-)

http://www.karmanpowell.com

Tax-chick - I looked at your profile. You’re one busy woman! You’ve got quite a brood there. We weren’t very productive - only one child. Wasn’t the plan. We wanted enough for a bluegrass band. Waiting for our daughter to give us grandkids. So far, she and her husband have been less productive the us. They’ve promised me some, if I’m good.


9 posted on 02/05/2011 12:17:26 PM PST by stansblugrassgrl (PRAISE THE LORD AND PASS THE AMMUNITION!!! YEEEEEHAW!)
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To: stansblugrassgrl

Thanks - I’ll look at your music this evening.


10 posted on 02/05/2011 12:23:17 PM PST by Tax-chick (We don't like original material, unless it's been done before.)
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To: stansblugrassgrl

Very nice music - excellent guitar, and the drum is keeping time. (My son plays drums for us, and he tends to flake out and lose the rest of the group!) I think “American Cowboy” magazine mentioned your church in the article about cowboy churches.


11 posted on 02/06/2011 10:11:50 AM PST by Tax-chick (We don't like original material, unless it's been done before.)
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To: Tax-chick

We had a great service this morning. We’re a small church but the cool thing is - there’s a bunch of shooters. God knew what he was doing when He put us there. I’d like to see that article.

Thank you for listening to our music, too. My husband, Stan does the drums. I can edit in the recording. He tends to drift a bit when we’re playing together. He hasn’t been doing it very long but doing pretty well.


12 posted on 02/06/2011 1:48:40 PM PST by stansblugrassgrl (PRAISE THE LORD AND PASS THE AMMUNITION!!! YEEEEEHAW!)
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To: stansblugrassgrl

I played in several Christian bands and worship teams for 10 years, been out of it for almost 2 years now (taking a break).

I hear you on how different venues react differently to worship songs. Some churches we played would be lukewarm and a few municipal festivals would be on their feet.


13 posted on 02/06/2011 1:55:40 PM PST by Rebelbase
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To: stansblugrassgrl; Rebelbase

http://americancowboy.com/culture/gods-country


14 posted on 02/06/2011 2:38:38 PM PST by Tax-chick (It's a non-optional social convention, okay?)
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To: Tax-chick

Nice article. We’re in AZ. Speaking of church, it was great this morning. Thank God we can still openly gather to worship the Lord. The world needs the light of Christ now more then ever.

I may be a polly-anna, but I think we are on the brink of a revival. Folks argue with me and say “the bible says in the end times there will be a great falling away”. Well, I say - we don’t know if we’re at the end times or not. So, the harvest is waiting.


15 posted on 02/06/2011 3:23:16 PM PST by stansblugrassgrl (PRAISE THE LORD AND PASS THE AMMUNITION!!! YEEEEEHAW!)
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To: Rebelbase

Rebelbase, I think many churches has grown accustomed to the gospel. They don’t get excited about it anymore, which is sad. Out in the secular world, they are starving for it and don’t even know it. So, we’re providing a valuable service when we take the music out of the churches. I’m careful in song selection that we don’t get to theological, but definitely sing songs that use the name of Jesus.


16 posted on 02/06/2011 3:28:31 PM PST by stansblugrassgrl (PRAISE THE LORD AND PASS THE AMMUNITION!!! YEEEEEHAW!)
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To: Tax-chick

Hey, Tax-chick: I realized I’d repeated myself about church being great this morning - but it was, so it was worth repeating. ;-)

We start service with a stand up comedy routine along with the announcements. We do worship with “yee-haw”, energy and joy. The message is straight out of the bible. By the time we leave, we are uplifted and ready to face the world. My husband and I are servants. We spent a long time a couple of different churches and never got fed. Here, we have it both. We can serve and fed on the word. It feels so good.


17 posted on 02/06/2011 3:32:04 PM PST by stansblugrassgrl (PRAISE THE LORD AND PASS THE AMMUNITION!!! YEEEEEHAW!)
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To: stansblugrassgrl

Sometimes our service is so good that I go on about it ;-). Today was “Scout Sunday,” so we had all our Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts together in their uniforms. I had a substitute for the Spanish service. Next week, another Spanish group will be on. They’re real professionals, record CDs and everything. We’re acoustic and all-amateur!

It’s a sacrifice for my husband and kids, not understand the Spanish service, but we were asked to fill a need and didn’t consider saying no. When the children complain, I tell them that doing a service is even more valuable when you don’t think you’re getting much out of it personally, and that this is a season in our lives that won’t last forever.

The Gospel message should bring us joy, and different ways of expressing it are part of being human. As our deacon said one day, Jesus was a country guy, “un ranchero.” He would fit in with your cowboys and our rural Mexicans.


18 posted on 02/06/2011 4:25:22 PM PST by Tax-chick (It's a non-optional social convention, okay?)
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To: Tax-chick

As our deacon said one day, Jesus was a country guy, “un ranchero.” He would fit in with your cowboys and our rural Mexicans.

I love that! It’s true, too. Some times, I can just imagine how irritating Jesus was going around telling the truth all the time. I suggested the church adopt the motto “the only BS around here is on our boots”. No takers, though. ;-)


19 posted on 02/06/2011 5:00:44 PM PST by stansblugrassgrl (PRAISE THE LORD AND PASS THE AMMUNITION!!! YEEEEEHAW!)
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To: stansblugrassgrl
I suggested the church adopt the motto “the only BS around here is on our boots”. No takers, though. ;-)

That might make people think twice about visiting your church, especially during the summer!

20 posted on 02/07/2011 7:31:42 AM PST by Tax-chick (It's a non-optional social convention, okay?)
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