January 19, 2021

Christian and Gospel Artists Speak Out About Having Coronavirus


As the coronavirus pandemic sweeps across the entire globe, many have fallen victim to this virus. As of 21 November 2020 the total cases of COVID-19 in the US alone are over 13,942,964 with over 383,084 total deaths. Christian and Gospel music artists are not exempt from the virus. Here are a few of them who have contracted COVID-19 as they share their experiences. 

Sandi Patty

The gospel singer shared on March 17 that she and her husband, Don, had both tested positive and are under quarantine for two weeks. "This is not fake news," she insisted on Instagram. "If you are not already practicing social distancing and STAYING HOME, DO SO NOW! This is what we can all do. This is how we stop the spread."

Chris Sligh

The Christian singer and finalist in season six of American Idol revealed he was battling with COVID-19 in early July. Sligh's condition took a turn for the worse and he revealed he'd contracted pneumonia. "Breathing without pain or coughing is difficult & I didn't get much sleep last night, but hopefully the antibiotics do their work fast," he wrote on Instagram. Sligh has impacted the Billboard 200 on three occasions, including a top 10 with 2008's Empty Me.

BeBe Winans

The gospel artist stopped by SiriusXM's The Joe Madison Show to reveal that while he has recovered, fighting COVID-19 wasn't an easy process. "I'm a man of faith and just raised in and in my mind, I'm just concrete in the subject matter that God is greater than everything," he said. Yet, and still, it's so important for us to use common sense. So, being on the other side of it now, I'm just grateful that the word, I just finished my run and through the whole run, I was just saying, God, I thank you. I thank you because it could have been a different outcome for me and my family. So, I've learned to be more grateful for life itself. Forget about homes and automobiles and all these things. You can't take none of that. That means nothing to you when your health is gone."

Kanye West

The rapper revealed in a July 8 interview withForbes that he contracted the disease back in February. "Chills, shaking in the bed, taking hot showers, looking at videos telling me what I'm supposed to do to get over it," West said of the symptoms he experienced. "I remember someone had told me Drake had the coronavirus and my response was Drake can't be sicker than me!"