He is an American songwriter and musician best known as the lead singer and rhythm guitarist for the heavy metal band W.A.S.P. He sang with a series of bands in the 1970s, before forming W.A.S.P. in 1981. The band, which experienced its greatest success in the 1980s, has sold over 12 million albums and continues to tour today making it one of the most enduring of the West Coast heavy metal outfits. Despite the genre’s reputation, many of the band’s songs deal with religious and apocalyptic themes due to the Christian upbringing and return to the faith of its lead singer.Continue reading “Steven Edward Duren: A ‘Prodigal Son’ Finds His Way Out of Religion and Back to Jesus Christ (Gospel Light Minute #243)”→
He is known as one of the primary figures associated with the great days of Motown hits, second only to the company’s founder, Berry Gordy. His consistent commercial success and creative contributions earned him the title “King of Motown”. As an original member of Motown Records’ first vocal group “The Miracles” and as a solo artist, he delivered many US and UK Top 40 hits for Motown between 1960 and 1987. Besides recording and singing, he also wrote hit songs such as “My Guy”, “The Way You Do the Things You Do”, “My Girl”, and “Get Ready”. His 1960 single “Shop Around” was Motown’s first number one hit on the R&B singles chart and its first million-selling hit single. He has won many awards for his work including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1999 and the National Medal of Arts in 2002.
One day while visiting a local minister’s home, he accepted Jesus Christ into his life by praying what is called the sinner’s prayer. He says of his faith in God, “I know the strength that Christ gives me. I know what He did for me. I know that He is my way out and my way in.
He’s my way out of all this havoc and my way into paradise. He suffered for me and for everybody. It’s so simple. God loves us so much. He said, “I’ll tell you what. I’m going to make it real simple for you. I’m going to send my Son, Jesus Christ. He’s going to take on all your iniquities and all your sins. He’s gonna die in your place so you can have everlasting life. All you’ve got to do is accept Him as your Saviour.” The gentleman who gave this testimony is Smokey Robinson.