What do music icons John Legend, M.C. Hammer and Babyface all have in common? They were all brought up in the strong musical tradition of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World (PAW), an organization that, according to a spokesperson, has not often promoted its “longstanding legacy of musical greatness.”
Timothy Moore, a spokesperson for the denomination, told The Christian Post earlier this week that relatively few people know about the Pentecostal roots of some of their favorite musical artists. John “Legend” Stephens, for example, got his start in El Bethel Temple in Springfield, Ohio, while Stanley Burrell – a.k.a M.C. Hammer – attended ChristTempleCommunityChurch in Menlo Park, Calif., and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds attended GraceApostolicChurch in Indianapolis.