Gloria Gaynor releases her first gospel album

Gloria Gaynor takes her message of empowerment to a higher lever with her first gospel album, Testimony.

The New Jersey-born star, whose iconic "I Will Survive" marks its 40th anniversary in 2019, has long believed in the uplifting power of music. Now she combines it with the traditions of her Christian faith.

Gloria Gaynor says the power of her song "I Will Survive" connects well with the mission of her gospel album:

"I even had one person come to me and say that they were steered to God through the song 'I Will Survive.' He works in mysterious ways for sure. And that was very encouraging to me. So many people have been uplifted, encouraged, empowered by that song. So it's become the core of my purpose. And for many years, 40 years now, I've been telling people, 'I Will Survive.' And I thought with this album, Testimony, I could help them to understand how."

Released Friday, Testimony combines classic hymns, self-written songs and a cover of Bob Dylan’s "Man of Peace."

Gloria Gaynor talked about why she included "Amazing Grace" on her album Testimony:

"It's a song that's always uplifted me and encouraged me throughout my life. So when it came time to do this gospel album and we decided to do 'Amazing Grace,' I thought that it would be good for me to do in a way that really speaks of what it means to me -- and what the grace of God has done for me, has meant to me throughout the years. And what it means to me right now. So this song encapsulates all of that."

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