Not too long ago contemporary Christian artist Jennifer Knapp came out of the closet claiming to be a lesbian. Now popular song writer and worship leader Vicky Beeching has followed suit. She came out as gay Wednesday in an interview with the U.K. newspaper The Independent.
Beeching studied theology at Oxford and went on to spend much of her 20s in the Christian music scene in the United States, living in Nashville and San Diego. Beeching came onto the music scene in December 2002 when she released "The Shelter" EP through EMI UK. This EP later caught the attention of music executives in the US. In 2005, after signing with Sparrow Records, Beeching released an EP followed by her first full-length Sparrow album, "Yesterday, Today & Forever," on 27 December 2005.
Her second full-length studio album, "Painting the Invisible," was her most noteworthy project. Produced by Ed Cash and Nathan Nockels, Beeching wrote most of the album's material, although a few tracks include songwriting from Ed Cash, Matthew West and Joy Williams. Several of the songs for the album were written on Keith Green's old piano, at the invitation of her mentor and friend, Melody Green.
Her third studio album "Eternity Invades" released in 2010 features a song co-written with Steve Fee entitled "Glory To God Forever." "Glory to God Forever," which she performs with Steve Fee, is currently one of the 100 most popular songs sung in churches, as measured by Christian Copyright Licensing International (CCLI). She was also a worship leader at Spring Harvest from 2010-12, leading worship in the 'Big Top' at Minehead and was part of the Spring Harvest Theme Group.
"What Jesus taught was a radical message of welcome and inclusion and love," said the 35-year-old Anglican, who recently left the Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) world to become a TV news commentator, but still makes a living from royalties when American churches sing her worship songs. "I feel certain God loves me just the way I am, and I have a huge sense of calling to communicate that to young people."
Beeching started experiencing same-sex attraction starting at age 13 and going on to feel conflicted in evangelical settings, where church leaders would pray against the "demon of homosexuality" they believed to be within her.