- Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom
Evangelist Denise Matthews, former lead singer for the group Vanity 6, will headline an evening of testimonies, ministering and musical performance at Gethsemane Garden Church of God in Christ on Saturday (Oct. 20).
The doors of Gethsemane will open at 4:30 p.m. for the event, which is set to get started at 5:30 p.m.
Matthews, who was mentored by Prince, gave up her stage name, "Vanity" and became a born-again Christian in 1994, the year she almost died from the effects of drugs. After being rushed to the hospital, doctors said she had three days to live while on life support.
Jesus, said Matthews, spoke to her at the time, saying if she promised to give up her Vanity persona, he would save her.
"When I came to the Lord Jesus Christ, I threw out about 1,000 tapes of mine – every interview, every tape, every video. Everything, she said.
Matthews has said she has chosen not to receive any further revenue from her work as Vanity, and has cut off all ties with Hollywood and her former life in the music business. In 1997, she decided to devote her life to evangelism, speaking at churches across the United States and overseas.
In 2010, she released her autobiography, "Blame it on Vanity: Hollywood, hell & Heaven."
The program on Saturday also will feature performances by the ADT Rapture Ready Choir, Minister Damien Peck and G-Child – The Street Preacher.