Music & Culture
Joe Jonas Chooses Chris Brown for Inspiration. Is This Okay?
Written by T.M. Gaouette | July 28, 2011
Have you heard? Joe Jonas has liberated himself from the famous Jonas Brothers band and has gone solo.
Although Christian, the Jonas Brothers didn’t really devote their music to glorifying God. Their songs, like L.A. Baby, Burnin’ Up and Lovebug, have fun loving lyrics and a distinctive sound. They’re harmless to listen to, but they are not dedicated to spreading the word of the Lord.
Right now Joe Jonas is in Paris filming the video for his second solo song, Just In Love With You. Did you hear his first release?
Joe wrote his first solo song release with Chris Brown. This interesting good boy/bad boy collaboration resulted in See No More. But is it a mistake for Joe Jonas to partner with controversial artists like Chris Brown, whose own song lyrics are often sprinkled with the “n” word? Not to mention Brown’s arrest in 2009 for beating his then girlfriend Rihanna.
A March 2011 article titled Joe Jonas Gives ‘Details’ on New Solo Album & Grown-Up Style on ET Online states that Jonas would like to “join forces with” Kanye West (sample lyric: “That’s My B—h”), Drake (sample lyric: “Never chase hoes but we do we laugh at them n—as tryin to run em down”), and Nicki Minaj (Sample lyric: “tell that motherf—-r say so”). Seriously…should an Evangelical Christian, with a former Assemblies of God pastor as his father, be collaborating with the likes of these people? And is it even ok as a Christian to listen to music inspired by “artists” whose own music reflects such non-Christian values, even if those “artists” keep it clean for Jonas?
As a devoted Christian, I wish Jonas would write songs that glorify God with other artists that do the same. He has a loyal following because of his image as a good boy Jonas Brother, so why change it? Sure, he needs a unique sound and voice, different from Jonas Brothers, but he doesn’t need to go to controversial artists to achieve that goal. Maybe he wants to ride the coattails of their success, but will this decision be a bad influence on him and his music? Hmmmmm…With friends like these I wonder how long Jonas will be wearing his purity ring.
Let’s pray that Jonas stays true to God. And if any influence transpires, let it be Jonas that instills God’s goodness into the hearts, lives and music lyrics of these misguided artists.
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