We knew her best as the “Queen of Disco” but what she knew best was the “The King of Kings, Jesus Christ”! In 1979, Donna Summer announced that she was a born-again Christian at the peak of her fame and she leaned heavily on her faith before passing.
Her former publicist Michael Levine told ABCNews.com that, “God, spirituality and religion — she was very sincere about that part of her life. She had a weekly Bible study at her house.”
During an interview, Summer once recounted singing at her father’s church when she was just 10 years old. “It sort of knocked everybody out of the pews. When I looked up through my tears, everyone in the whole church’s eyes were downcast and they were crying, and I thought, ‘Oh my God.’ I looked at my dad and he was crying,” she recalls. “It was that, on that first time I ever sang that I heard God speak to me, and He said to me that I was gonna be famous, and that I was not to misuse the power that he was giving me.”
Summers, known for her dance hits in the 1970s, include “I Feel Love,” “Love to Love You Baby” and “Last Dance”, died of lung cancer on May 17 at the age of 63 in Naples, Fla. She is survived by her husband, Bruce Sudano, their daughters Brooklyn and Amanda, and her daughter Mimi from her previous marriage to Helmuth Sommer.
Publicist Brian Edwards said in a statement Friday that Donna Summer’s funeral will be a private one for family and close friends; and didn’t provide details on when and where services would be held.
Below is Donna Summer’s rendition of “Through The Storm” by Yolanda Adams:
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