Jackie Hill-Perry

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Jackie Hill Perry
Birth nameJacquelyn Hill
Born (1989-06-21) June 21, 1989 (age 31)
St. Louis, Missouri, United States
GenresSpoken word, Christian hip hop
Occupation(s)Poet, hip hop artist, writer
InstrumentsVoice
Years active2008–present
LabelsHumble Beast, P4CM
Associated actsBeautiful Eulogy, JGivens, Propaganda
Websitehumblebeast.com/jackie-hill/

Jacquelyn "Jackie" Hill Perry (née Jackie Hill, born June 21, 1989) is an American poet, writer, and hip hop artist from St. Louis. Hill Perry initially garnered popularity for her performances of spoken word pieces such as "My Life as a Stud", "A Poem About Weed", and "Jig-a-Boo" at the Passion 4 Christ Movement (P4CM). She has written on the topic of Christianity and homosexuality for Christian ministry organizations such as The Resurgence and John Piper's Desiring God. She signed to the Portland, Oregon-based Christian hip hop label Humble Beast in January 2014, and released her debut album on November 4, 2014.

Biography[edit]

Early life (birth to 2008)[edit]

Jackie Hill Perry was born Jackie Hill on June 21, 1989 in St. Louis.[1] She was raised without a father in her home and experienced sexual abuse at the age of five.[1] Hill Perry attended church until she was 10. She said an encounter with sexual abuse, school bullying and a lack of attention from boys contributed to her struggle with gender dysphoria.[2] Since the age of four, Hill Perry thought she should have been born a boy, and at age six she started imitating male tendencies.[3] At age 17, she pursued sexual relationships with women.[2] Hill Perry’s girlfriend suggested that she become a stud, a woman who takes a masculine role in a lesbian relationship.[3] Hill Perry began to gain attention from girls when she assumed the stud role.[4]

Hill Perry abused drugs and became addicted to pornography.[1][2] In October 2008, she converted to Christianity.[5]

Conversion and current activities (2008–present)[edit]

In her poem "My Life as a Stud", Hill Perry, who was involved in a relationship with a woman, said the Lord spoke to her and told her that her homosexual relationship would be the death of her. She said the Biblical scripture in Romans 6:23 that asserts “the wages of sin is death” moved her to change her life.[2][6]

Hill Perry left her girlfriend, returned to church and began writing poetry. She performed her first spoken word piece at a P4CM poetry conference in 2010, and met Preston Perry, the man who would become her husband.[2] Hill Perry lost interest in women and Preston proposed to her in August 2013 through the spoken word poem "The Covenant".[2][7] The couple married in March 2014 and have two daughters.[2]

Hill Perry attributes that change in her sexuality to God's transformation of her life.[2]

Record label Humble Beast announced on January 7, 2014 that it had signed Hill Perry as an artist.[8] She has appeared as a guest musician on Christian hip hop recordings, including Because You Asked by Swoope and Instruments of Mercy by Beautiful Eulogy.[8][9] Her debut album, The Art of Joy, was produced by Beautiful Eulogy and released on November 4, 2014[10][11] Hill Perry is a staff member of the Legacy Movement ministry.[12]

In 2016, Hill Perry, JGivens and John Givez were featured on Lecrae's "Misconceptions 3" from the album Church Clothes 3.[13]

Hill Perry and her husband are part of "Poets in Autumn,” a worldwide tour of Christian spoken word artists including Ezekiel Azonwu, Chris Webb, Joseph Solomon and Janette...IKZ. They create collaborative and individual pieces that address topics in the Christian faith. [14]

In 2019, Hill Perry and her husband started a podcast called "Thirty Minutes with the Perrys." They offer insight on relationships, theology, politics, race, and parenting.[15]

Opposition to Macklemore song[edit]

On July 31, 2013, Christian hip hop radio show Wade-O Radio published an interview with Hill Perry where she spoke out against the Macklemore song "Same Love".[3] Hill Perry said that God could change people’s affections and hearts, and give people new affections.

She said if the word of God is true, then people have made God little if they believe that he cannot change a person, adding that if God can make the moon, stars and galaxies then he can change a person’s desires.[16] Hill Perry’s message is not limited to God’s view of homosexuality, but of all sin.[17]

Influences[edit]

In an interview with The Gospel Coalition, Hill-Perry cited Mali Music, Propaganda, and Ebony Moore as "a few people who inspire me to be great at my craft."[18] Theologically, she names pastor John Piper as a major influence, and even based Art of Joy on Piper's book Desiring God, where Piper explains his concept of Christian hedonism. Hill-Perry states that

Aside from the doctrines of grace, it's one concept that has really renewed my mind when it comes to faith and sin. Now, when I look at certain sins, it's not, 'Oh, I'm just doing this because I want to.' No, what in this sin do you think will satisfy me that God can't? It makes my processing of my issues a lot deeper, and it's also expanded my view of God.[19]

Writing[edit]

Jackie Hill-Perry has written for various Christian ministry organizations, focusing on reconciling issues of homosexuality with Christianity. Among these are her articles "Love Letter to a Lesbian", written for Desiring God, a ministry of John Piper, and "A Christian Response to the Same-Sex Marriage Ruling", for The Resurgence, a ministry of the now-defunct Mars Hill Church.[20][21] Hill-Perry also released her own book, Gay Girl Good God, which was published September 3, 2018. She is also author of a Bible study for women and teen girls "Jude: Contending for the Faith in Today's Culture." [22]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • The Art of Joy (2014)
  • Crescendo (2018)

References[edit]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Jackie Hill Perry". Humble Beast. Humble Beast Records. Retrieved October 29, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Daniels, David (October 27, 2014). "Christian rapper Jackie Hill-Perry comes out as ex-gay firebrand". The Washington Times. News World Media Development. Retrieved October 29, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c Daniels, David (July 31, 2013). "Former Lesbian Jackie Hill Responds to Macklemore's 'Same Love'". Wade-O Radio. DJ Wade-O. Retrieved October 29, 2014.
  4. ^ Flores, Ashley (April 1, 2013). "Whole Spotlight: Jackie Hill". WHOLE Magazine. Be Made Whole Ministries. Archived from the original on October 30, 2014. Retrieved November 1, 2014.
  5. ^ Perry, Jackie Hill (August 20, 2018). "Jackie Hill Perry: I Loved My Girlfriend—but God Loved Me More". ChristianityToday.com. Retrieved February 25, 2021.
  6. ^ "Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord". biblehub.com. Retrieved February 25, 2021.
  7. ^ Newbell, Trillia (March 4, 2014). "Because Jesus is Better: An interview with spoken word artist Jackie Hill". The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. Southern Baptist Convention. Retrieved November 1, 2014.
  8. ^ a b Horton, Chad (January 7, 2014). "Jackie Hill signs with Humble Beast Records". Rapzilla. Philip Rood and Chad Horton. Retrieved October 29, 2014.
  9. ^ "Video: Swoope – #SameTeam Remix ft. The Industry". Rapzilla. Philip Rood and Chad Horton. August 11, 2014. Retrieved October 29, 2014.
  10. ^ "Jackie Hill Perry – The Art of Joy 11/4". Humble Beast. Humble Beast Records. October 7, 2014. Retrieved November 1, 2014.
  11. ^ Solis, Steven (October 7, 2014). "Jackie Hill Perry 'The Art of Joy' Album Tracklisting & Release Date Revealed". Rapzilla. Philip Rood and Chad Horton. Retrieved October 29, 2014.
  12. ^ "Legacy Staff". Legacy Movement. Retrieved October 29, 2014.
  13. ^ Vissman, Donna (January 17, 2016). "Lecrae Releases Church Clothes 3 with Kanye West & Jay-Z". Williamson Source. Retrieved February 25, 2021.
  14. ^ "Poets in Autumn". thepiatour. Retrieved January 23, 2020.
  15. ^ "Thirty Minutes with The Perrys". Spotify. Retrieved February 25, 2021.
  16. ^ Smith, Dean (December 8, 2014). "Christian Rapper Jackie Hill-Perry comes out of the closet — she is an ex gay!". OpentheWord.org. Retrieved February 25, 2021.
  17. ^ Mondesir, Desiree M. (February 1, 2014). "Former Lesbian Jackie Hill Confronts Macklemore's 'Same Love' Grammys Message". Breaking Christian News: World, Business, and More | The Gospel Herald. Retrieved February 25, 2021.
  18. ^ Smethurst, Matt (October 25, 2012). "Coming to You Raw and Uncut with Jackie Hill". The Gospel Coalition. Retrieved October 29, 2014.
  19. ^ Daniels, David (November 17, 2014). "John Piper's book 'Desiring God' inspires Jackie Hill-Perry's album". Rapzilla. Philip Rood and Chad Horton. Retrieved November 20, 2014.
  20. ^ Hill, Jackie (May 16, 2013). "Love Letter to a Lesbian". Desiring God. Desiring God. Retrieved October 29, 2014.
  21. ^ Hill, Jackie (July 15, 2013). "A Christian Response to the Same-Sex Marriage Ruling". The Resurgence. Mars Hill Church. Archived from the original on October 30, 2014. Retrieved October 29, 2014.
  22. ^ Hill-Perry, Jackie. "Book". jackiehillperry. Retrieved January 23, 2020.

Additional references[edit]

See also[edit]

Spoken word

Conversion therapy

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