Religion is a huge part of many professional lives, especially in the world of singers and performers. Although many aren’t vocal about their faith, there are several famous singers/performers who are Catholic.
Take a seat and get comfortable as we talk about 19 famous singers who are Catholic (we’ve also included a few who are also actors). Some of them might surprise you!
1. Celine Dion
First on our list of famous singers/performers who are Catholic is Celine Dion, who isn’t very vocal about her faith but grew up in a Roman Catholic family in Charlemagne. Although she hasn’t stated she is still overtly a practicing Catholic, her upbringing still impacts her faith.
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2. Lil Wayne
Many may be surprised to learn the iconic American rapper Lil Wayne is a practicing Catholic. He is known for taking time out of his day to read and study his Bible and begins many of his performances with a prayer backstage.
3. Zakk Wylde
Zakk Wylde is a Catholic and is best known as the guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne, and he is the lead guitarist, founder, songwriter, lead singer, and producer of the band Black Label Society. He calls himself a “Soldier for Christ” and rededicated his life after his experience.
4. Keith Urban
Keith Urban, the well-known country singer, and husband of Nicole Kidman, was raised in a Catholic environment, which impacts how his life goes today. He often sings about his faith in his songs and is relatively open about his faith with his wife, though they have some differences.
5. Harry Connick Jr.
Harry Connick Jr. is a singer and actor, raised in a Jewish and Catholic household and eventually made the decision to convert fully to Catholicism when he left home. He considers his faith a gift and has revealed how his faith guided him through the pandemic and other turbulent times.
6. Gwen Stefani
Gwen Stefani is one of the most iconic Catholic celebrities, even convincing her husband, Blake Shelton, to convert to the religion to marry her. She was raised Catholic, and her faith is a critical part of her life – she does not take it lightly.
7. John Michael Talbot
John Micheal Talbot is a contemporary Catholic singer and winner of several Grammy and Dove awards for his performances. He’s the founder of an iconic monastic community known as the Brothers and Sisters of Charity, dedicated to helping others through the Catholic faith.
8. Tom Araya
Tom Araya is a surprising Catholic, as his background consists of being a member of the band Slayer and singing about death and other dark topics. He is firm in Christ’s stance on love and believes the lyrics and music Slayer releases don’t interfere with his beliefs.
9. Andrea Bocelli
Next on our list of famous singers/performers who are Catholic is Andrea Bocelli, an Italian tenor with a beautiful voice, well-known for his faith as a devout Roman Catholic. He has stated that his faith is the reason he lives and performs in the way he does.
10. Matt Maher
Matt Maher is one of the most well-known Christian singers and is a devout Catholic. However, he attends a Catholic and nondenominational church in his home city of Nashville, Tennessee.
11. Sarah Kroger
Sarah Kroger is another famous Christian artist in Nashville, Tennessee, focusing her time and energy on producing Catholic-based music content. She is passionate about creating a bridge between various denominations, Protestant and Catholic.
12. Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen is a famous singer who was raised Catholic. He revealed it inspired much of his music before he fell away from the faith and rediscovered his roots in his belief much later in life.
Although she isn’t super open about her faith today, Shakira was raised in a Roman Catholic family with eight other siblings. Shakira also attended Catholic school growing up, ensuring her belief has had an incredible influence on her life throughout her career.
14. Lady Gaga
Although it might be a shock to some, Lady Gaga was raised Roman Catholic and reports that she still believes in God and Jesus today. She was raised in an Italian-American Catholic family and even attended a private Catholic school as a girl in New York City before her fame.
15. Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez is a singer and actor, raised Roman Catholic, and participated in the church for most of her early life. Although she doesn’t necessarily identify as a Catholic today, it still impacts much of her life and how she understands the world around her as she continues her career.
16. Mark Wahlberg
Mark Wahlberg is a performer known for movies like Transformers and Daddy’s Home with fellow Catholic Mel Gibson. He’s been a Catholic for a long time and is very open about his faith in the professional acting world when facing protests for the strength of his Catholic belief.
17. Mel Gibson
Mel Gibson is a well-known actor and director and one of the most well-known Catholic performers in the professional world today. He’s been a devoted Catholic his entire life, even before the church changed to fit the modern era.
18. Bradley Cooper
Bradley Cooper is a talented performer and singer known for his roles in movies like Guardians of the Galaxy and A Star is Born. Although Cooper is uncertain of his faith nowadays, he was raised in a devout Catholic home and admired his father’s faith in the church.
19. Jim Caviezel
Jim Caviezel is a famous performer known for his portrayal of Jesus in The Passion of the Christ, directed by Mel Gibson. He was raised in a Christian family and is well-known for his devotion to the Catholic faith in every aspect of his life, from the screen to his everyday actions.
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