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Flamy Grant: The journey of a drag queen from church kid to super hit Christian artist

At the tender age of 9, Matthew Blake Lovegood, penned their first song centered around Jesus, sparking a lifelong journey of songwriting. Uninterrupted by the passing decades, Lovegood, adopting the moniker Flamy Grant, continued to channel their creativity into songwriting. Fast-forward to the present day, where Lovegood, now 41 years old, stands in the limelight as the first drag queen to claim the top spot on iTunes’ Christian music charts. This surreal moment marks a significant juncture for Lovegood, who, during their upbringing, aspired to become a contemporary Christian music (CCM) artist. In the pipeline, Grant is preparing for a tour throughout fall and winter. Furthermore, they have solidified their attendance at the upcoming October Dove Awards, a prestigious event in the Christian music sphere often likened to the Grammys.

Religion News Service reports:

(RNS) — Matthew Blake Lovegood was a 9-year-old kid living in a conservative Appalachian town the first time they wrote a song about Jesus.

Sitting in their basement bedroom in 1991, Lovegood didn’t yet know how to play an instrument, so they composed the melody in their head before serenading their mother with the original two-verse tune.

Lovegood hasn’t stopped songwriting since.

Decades later, Lovegood, better known as Flamy Grant, has been dominating headlines as the first drag queen to top iTunes’ Christian music charts. It’s a surreal time for Lovegood, 41, who grew up aspiring to be a contemporary Christian music (CCM) artist. They were already planning a move to the East Coast to pursue a full-time drag career when their now-famous clapback at Christian musician and Turning Point USA contributor Sean Feucht, who condemned a collaboration between Flamy Grant and musician Derek Webb, catapulted Flamy Grant to fame.

But the ballads of Flamy Grant aren’t likely to grace your local K-LOVE station any time soon —the Christian music world isn’t exactly queer friendly, and Christian airwaves are currently flooded by worship artists, not singer-songwriters. Still, that hasn’t stopped Flamy Grant, who is planning a tour throughout the fall and winter and has already made plans to attend October’s Dove Awards, the Christian music equivalent of the Grammys.

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