Music Community Pays Tribute to Billy Graham, Except One Notable Exception

by VVN Music

The death of the Rev. Billy Graham earlier today (February 21) had led to an outpouring of love from members of the music community.


"Rev. Billy Graham is on his way home. He was a kindhearted man who brought hope and light to the lives of countless people. You will be greatly missed, Reverend." - Donny Osmond


"I've been deeply privileged to know the single greatest man of our times. Billy offered G's eternal salvation, through Jesus, to hundreds of millions around the world!! My "Thank You, Billy Graham" multi-artist music/video tribute is our mutual attempt to honor his life and sacrificial ministry. I hope families worldwide will have this in their homes--so his fantastic ministry will continue through the ages. I dare say WE'LL NEVER SEE A MAN LIKE BILLY GRAHAM AGAIN." - Pat Boone


"Our deepest condolences to the family of the late Reverend Billy Graham. You will be missed." - Eddie Money


"I am going to deeply miss you Billy. Thank you for being such a great friend… See you on the other side." - Michael W. Smith


"Dr Billy Graham was the most honourable and honest of men. His faith was obvious and I found him inspiring to be with. His rallies were always moving and enlightening and he presented a “hope” to many who didn’t know that one existed.

"Monarchs, Presidents and Prime Ministers admired him. We have lost someone special and we will greatly miss a unique human being.

"God bless you Billy. R.I.P." - Cliff Richard


"Dr Billy Graham was the most honourable and honest of men. His faith was obvious and I found him inspiring to be with. His rallies were always moving and enlightening and he presented a “hope” to many who didn’t know that one existed.

"Monarchs, Presidents and Prime Ministers admired him. We have lost someone special and we will greatly miss a unique human being.

"God bless you Billy. R.I.P." - Charlie Daniels


One person, while respectful, did have a criticism of Graham.  Country singer Chely Wright had her first charting song 23 years ago and hit number 1 in 1999 with "Single White Female" but may be better known to the general public as one of the first artists from the conservative world of country to come out as gay.  

She made the revelation in May 2010 and has since married LGBT rights advocate Lauren Blitzer.  Wright gave birth to twins in May 2013. 

Chely wrote on social media, "I can appreciate that #BillyGraham made a huge impact on faith communities around the world while at the same time, recognizing that his message about LGBTQ people was devastating to millions of people; me included. I'd like to think God has already corrected him for his errors."

Graham's writing and views disputed that there was a genetic predisposition to homosexuality and, in an article titled Homosexual Perversion: A Sin That's Never Right (1974) said "Let me say this loud and clear! We traffic in homosexuality at the peril of our spiritual welfare. Your affection for another of your own sex is misdirected, and will be judged by God’s holy standards."

Since Wright's revelation, a number of other country stars have come out including Ty Herndon, Billy Gilman, Shane McAnally and Brandy Clark.


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