For Gloria Gaynor, God is key to her survival in life, music
Gloria Gaynor sees the hand of God in every aspect of her life, particularly when it comes to the tune that may be the most famous disco song every created.
Gaynor recalls when she first was presented with “I Will Survive,” it was intended to be the B-side of another song, meaning it wasn’t the one that was promoted to be a hit. She clearly remembers calling it a stupid decision, and lobbied for “I Will Survive” to get top billing, which won over the songwriters of the now classic song.
“I’ve always believed that God told them, ’Look, sit down, write a song, hold onto it, I’m gonna send you somebody,” she said. “A(nother) divine appointment. … it was meant to be the core of my purpose.”
Gaynor won her first and only Grammy for “I Will Survive” in 1980. Now, 40 years later, she has a chance to add two more trophies to her collection thanks to her first gospel album “Testimony,” which is nominated for best roots gospel album, and “Talking About Jesus,” which is up for best gospel performance. She’s giddy to get back in the Grammy mix.
“I’m waiting to see the fashions, of course, everybody all dressed and looking wonderful and feeling good and happy and all of that,” she said of the Jan. 26 ceremony, “and hoping, of course, that I win at least one Grammy, would be awesome if I could win them both.”
Gaynor spoke to The Associated Press recently about her nominations, persevering in the music industry despite health challenges and her divine connection to her most famous song……..read more
Source: AP News