After 7 Year Absence, Jennifer Knapp Says She’s ‘Gay Person of Faith’
Award-winning Christian artist Jennifer Knapp said that she is a gay person of faith, one month before the May 10 release of her new album, “Letting Go.”
Her new album comes after a seven year hiatus from music. She spent those years living in Australia and touring Europe and the United States.
She said she’s announcing her sexuality because, she doesn’t “want to come off as somebody who is shirking the truth.”
She denies, however, that she left music for her gay relationship.
“Around 2002, I was starting to contend with this new-found ‘issue’ in my life. But I’d already decided to leave music before I knew I was going to contend with that. I don’t want anyone to think that I ran out of town with my tail between my legs because I had something to hide.”
Instead Knapp blamed her heavy work schedule.
“That decision came in mid-2001, but my schedule didn’t allow me to stop until September 2002, when I did my last show; I basically still had about a year and a half worth of contracted concerts and other things before I could stop,” she said.
Knapp, who has had her gay relationship for eight years, is not attending any church right now.
The 36 year old artist and Kansas native said, “I’m not capable of getting into the theological argument as to whether or not we should or shouldn’t allow homosexuals within our church. There’s a spirit that overrides that for me, and (that is) what I’ve been gravitating to in Christ and why I became a Christian in the first place.”
She also said, “The Bible has literally saved my life. I find myself between a rock and a hard place — between the conservative evangelical who uses what most people refer to as the ‘clobber verses’ to refer to this loving relationship as an abomination, while they’re eating shellfish and wearing clothes of five different fabrics, and various other Scriptures we could argue about.”
While Knapp initially thought she would not sing her old Christian songs anymore, she said at some point she was able to go back to them and refers to it as a ‘helpful connect.’
“For a long time I thought it was old life vs. new life. But it’s not. It was a real comfort to me to realize I’m still the same person, that the baggage or new scenarios we pick up along the way are part of the long-term story,” she said.
In an interview with Christianity Today, Knapp said her album is targeting a secular market, not Christian music stores or Christian radio programs.
Knapp has sold over one million Christian albums and won a Dove award and a Grammy.