"Empress of Soul" and Latter-day Saint singer Gladys Knight kicked off Sunday's Super Bowl LIII with a heartfelt and stirring rendition of the National Anthem. According to the Huffington Post, she "brought down the house--well, stadium" when she stepped out in her elegant white with accessories nearly as bright and sparkling as her smile.
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"I am here today and on Sunday, Feb. 3, to give the anthem back its voice, to stand for that historic choice of words, the way it unites us when we hear it and to free it from the same prejudices and struggles I have fought long and hard for all my life..." Read the Latter-day Saint singer's full response to recent backlash over her decision to sing the National Anthem at the upcoming Super Bowl.
As the crowd cheers for her to come onto the stage, Allie Gardner, a member of BYU’s female a capella group, Noteworthy, and independent singer/songwriter, always repeats the motto she adopted years ago: “Bless, not impress.” Having served a Spanish-speaking mission, she decided to #LightTheWorld this year is a way that would connect with the Spanish speaking members that she loves so much.
In addition to the official #LightTheWorld campaign from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, there have been a host of wonderful messages and music videos that all share the same goal: to help you and others #LightTheWorld. Here are just a few of the best ones (officially as well as unofficially part of the campaign) that you may have missed that are sure to brighten your Christmas celebrations this week.
We all have dear Christmas memories that have shaped how we feel this time of year. Here are three of mine and the song that resulted from one of them. A song that will hopefully help you see the scene at the birth of Jesus a little differently this year.
“This moment in my life has been a long time coming,” said Kristin Chenoweth, the featured guest artist and narrator at this year’s Christmas concerts by The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square in Salt Lake City. “This is a bucket list. It’s the music that draws me in every time.”
You may already be familiar with Debra Bonner or perhaps you’ve heard the musical talents of one of her eight children who are professional musicians in a variety of mediums and capacities. The Bonner Family seems to specialize in music that moves people. And Debra Bonner, their intrepid mother and teacher, is one person who is intimately familiar with being literally moved by the Spirit. It would move her across the world to find what she didn't even know she was looking for.