Mary Mary singer and recent solo artist, Erica Campbell defended her title as a ‘Gospel artist’ last night live on air as she responded to a Dash Radio presenter during an interview in New York, USA.
The radio presenter may have thought she was complimenting the multi-award winner by saying: “I don’t want to call you a Gospel artist because you have transcended beyond Gospel music…” However, Erica Campbell felt it necessary to correct the presenter and defend her title as a Gospel Artist.
Erica said: “I love being called a ‘Gospel artist’ that takes my ‘Gospel’ title somewhere else. I will never be a Gospel artist that gets bigger and then says that I no longer want to be referred to as a Gospel artist.”[Tweet ““I carry the title of Gospel artist proudly!” #EricaCampbell @ImEricaCampbell #GospelArtist #RT”]
She went on to say:
“I think a lot of people say “I just want to go beyond the church…” But if you go beyond the church, you have to make sure that you take the church with you.”
She concluded by saying that some people look at church as a bad place, filled with mean haters. Erica dismissed this notion and said that there are plenty of great churches out there with good and supportive members. Her final words on the matter were: “I carry the title of Gospel artist proudly!”
Over to you
What are your views on Erica Campbell’s statement? Is it important that Gospel artists disassociate themselves with a title that could limit them to a genre and audience base, or Gospel artists hold fast to their title? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.[spacer style=”1″]