I’m not sure how a person’s belief system would determine their success. I honestly have no idea what or how singers or groups that I like believe or what their religious affiliations are.
So to answer your question, yes I think a person can be openly atheist and still be successful.
Since when does ones faith have anything to do with creating art and music. True, country is kinda synonymous with god fearin’, jesus why’d ya let my Chevy die, but….it shouldn’t matter.
Personally I find most country tunes to be more about the usual, sad sack, cry me a river, I’m loveless and my dog died and my truck took a dump and my boots are worn out, and oh lord, life’s just so dang hard. lol
Oh lord, why’d my heater crap out on the eve of 2 weeks of snow
and that cold winds a’ howlin’ while I blow my poor nose
and I’m out of toilet paper so blowin’s a drag
but thank you lord, at least I’m not on the rag lol
I really hope so! How does being misguided enough to love country music and wanting to produce and perform it pertain to religion? The same goes for any genre of music, film or other art form. Although I am not sure country music can be classified as art.
I believe they could since not everyone who likes country music (including myself) are Christians. There are other’s around the world who are country fans as well. An openly atheistic country performer would likely lose much of their conservative Christian fanbase in America though, and I really do believe that.
I don’t think any kind of music has the amount of haters that country music has. Well, being from the South, the stuff is everywhere and I actually like it. There’s some goofy songs out there and the old stuff is pretty painful, but the newer stuff has a bit of a rock feel that I like a lot. Jason Aldean is a good example.
As for the question, I think it would cause an issue. Should it matter? No. But the fact of the matter is that a lot of southerners, where country music is most prevalent in the US, are religious (I’m the exception, I suppose) and wouldn’t like it much.
Apparently Hank Williams III is an athiest, but I’ve honestly never heard a song by him.
Probably, if they’re innovative enough and know how to spread to several different kinds of audiences. For example, a lot of rappers actually believe in God. Whether that’s true or just show, couldn’t say, I don’t listen to much rap.
And don’t quote me, but metal country actually exists, too. now whether it’s successful or not, I don’t know…
Point is, people can do countless things with music and song.
and I’m sexy like a tractor bitches
Despite all that, innovation doesn’t mean you have to stray from the roots of the genre you enjoy performing, I guess? so many metal songs are just violent romance songs and have nothing to do with serial killing, hardy har har
Actually I thought of this last night when Blake Shelton was talking about finding men and women attractive and being drunk all the time. There are several country singers who are not Christians or at least don’t announce they are Christians, so give it a shot.
People should judge you on your talent itself, not your religious affiliation or lack of. Or you can marry a little country sweetheart like Miranda and you get a free pass….I’m thinking Taylor Swift- lol
This Q reminds me of that country singer who came out about being a Lesbian. I think she did have a lot of negative backlash and her record sales dropped. She had a lot of support from people outside of that community of course, but within the country community it was a little tough. I think her name is Shelli Wright? Something like that.
Yes, country fans are very different. They truly get INVOLVED in the lives of their country singers and dj’s, etc…very unlike rock and top 40. I think they identify with them, that’s why originally I said I didn’t think it would go over well, and I still don’t, but if the singer is doing rockabilly instead of traditional country (think Taylor Swift squeaky clean images) then it shouldn’t be a big issue on the world stage.
I remember it caused a big stir when Garth divorced his wife to marry Tricia Yearwood, it was a big deal. Randy Travis and the drinking. Leanne Rhimes pretty much gave her career up for love, since she broke up a marriage and then married her lover. Most just try to hide faults that could end their careers.
No, truly get involved. I’m not saying there’s not some who are judgemental because I won’t lie to you because sometimes our faith affects all aspects of our lives, which it is supposed to do.
I’ve worked in radio for quite awhile now, and country fans will show up in cold, rain, etc…the others really won’t. We do charity events and if a country dj goes and talks it up, people will actually show up and the charity benefits. If we do a Top 40 playing Rhianna, no one shows or maybe just a couple.
@KNOWITALL It’s kind of like the two extremes in one place. The country fans, and I would say bible belt in general, are a very cohesive group, and they will show support for each other, even give up time and give money…but you better fit in.