Former Disco Queen Gloria Gaynor Shares Her Testimony With Her First Gospel Album

By Nancy Flory Published on July 11, 2019

“I want this to be my legacy, that I inspired people to a relationship with Christ.”

Grammy winning artist Gloria Gaynor’s first gospel album, called Testimony, hit stores this week. 

“We entitled the album Testimony because it truly is my testimony of what God has done for me in my life: His mercy, His love, His grace, His patience with us,” she told People recently. “And it just really tells about Him. It’s a testimony.”

It’s Time

This year, her iconic 1979 hit “I Will Survive” turns 40 years old. She said not many people will be expecting the gospel sound from her. “But you know I’ve been telling people for 40 years I will survive. I think it’s time I told them how.”


She hasn’t had it easy. As a child, her mother’s boyfriend molested her. Out of fear, she didn’t tell her mother. “No, I didn’t want to tell her because I believed that she would kill him. So, yeah, I just kept it to myself.” The price? “A feeling of unworthiness, insecurity … I was constantly going through one bad so-called relationship after another, right up and to and through my marriage.”

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Gaynor told CBS News that a neighbor first recognized her singing talent. “I was standing in the hallway and I started singing. And she said, ‘Gloria, was that you singing?’ I said, ‘Yes, ma’am.’ She said, ‘My goodness, I thought that was the radio.’ And I thought, wow, I could do this. I could do this. I’m gonna be a singer!”

In 1975 her music made the top of the pop charts with hits like “Never Can Say Goodbye” and “Reach Out, I’ll Be There.” Just at the height of her career, she “lost [her] compass.” “I really, really did. And I started trying to be with the in-crowd and bowing to peer pressure.” She finally hit bottom at a party one night. “I felt God’s hand grab me in my collar and pull me up like that and said, ‘That’s enough.'”

Worthy of Love

Gaynor realized, through her faith, that her lack of self-esteem was the problem. “If I’m worthy of love of Almighty God, creator of heaven and earth, who are you? And I also recognized that I’m not better than anyone else. But I’ll be darned if anybody’s better than me!”

Her new gospel album has songs like “Amazing Grace,” “Joy Comes in the Morning,” “Take My Hand, Precious Lord,” among many others. “I want people to take away from this album the love and the knowledge of God.”

Listen to Gloria Gaynor sing “Amazing Grace”:


Nancy Flory is an Associate Editor at The Stream. You can follow her @NancyFlory3, and follow The Stream @Streamdotorg.

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