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10 Bands and Musicians You Didn't Know Were Mormon

Check out these acts for whom worship and rock exist hand in hand

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The Killers

If you didn't know, you know now. The Killers might be one of the most famous Mormon acts, like, ever. The question is, was Mr. Brightside Mormon himself?

2 / 10

Neon Trees

Last year Neon Trees made headlines when frontman Tyler Glenn came out. This, in the pop music world, would've been a top story regardless, except that Glenn is also a devout Mormon. "I don't know what the rumors are, but we're not taught that 'homos are going to hell' on Sunday in church," he told Rolling Stone. "Mostly it's just about Christ and his teachings."

3 / 10

Win Butler of Arcade Fire

It's unclear whether or not Win Butler and his band of merrymen identify as Mormon in the current day, but Butler was raised in the church. His fam still attends (and blood brother/fellow musician Will Butler does, too).

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The Aquabats

The Aquabats, in certain circles, are best known for being Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker's side squeeze for a minute. In reality, the comedic band of pop rockers are pretty famous in the Mormon community...legend has it they even met at church! Barker is the only exception, of course.

5 / 10

Imagine Dragons

Imagine Dragons' frontman Dan Reynolds even went on a two-year mission in Nebraska after graduating high school, proselytizing for the church and helping drug addicts before going to Brigham Young University in Utah. A good Mormon if we've ever known one!

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Gladys Knight

We always knew the lady with the impossible pipes was religious, but how many of you out there knew it was the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints she was crooning about?

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When the '90s alterno-rock band Dishwalla sang in their hit "Counting Blue Cars":

"We said, 'Tell me all your thoughts on God / 'Cause I would really like to meet her / And ask her why we're who we are / Tell me all your thoughts on God / 'Cause I am on my way to see her / So tell me am I very far, am I very far now?'" 

...they were really talking about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 

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Kaskade, our favorite electronic/dance artist from yesterday is also Mormon. Good to know there's some religion at Ultra Music Fest!

9 / 10

The Jets

The Jets came from a large family of Mormons (a whopping 17 kids in all) before migrating from Tonga to Minneapolis. Their hits like "Crush on You" and "You Got It All" might not feel devoutly Mormon, but trust us, they are.

10 / 10

Lindsey Stirling

It's not just legacy acts and modern day rock stars who identify as Mormon. The faith extends to internet celebrities, too! Lindsey Stirling found fame on YouTube with extensively complex music videos highlighting her virtuoso violin abilities. She's also very vocal about her faith, perhaps more than some of the other acts on this list.


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