China's 'Taylor Swift' Praised for Boldly Living Out Faith Amid Communist Persecution

The Chinese Communist Party's restrictive, anti-Christian behavior is well-documented, putting Chinese believers at great risk of danger and persecution.

That's why a famous singer's decision to embrace her faith so openly is captivating people around the globe. G.E.M. (Deng Ziqi) is a popular performer whose star rose after joining a 2014 Chinese singing competition called "I Am a Singer 2," according to Movieguide.

Deng's career immediately took off, skyrocketing her to fame and landing her with the nickname: "China's Taylor Swift."

That's what makes her overt Christian faith so fascinating and compelling. The 31-year-old singer is so open about her beliefs she recently released a 14-song album, "Revelation."

Deng is also known for sharing her Christian faith on social media.

In light of all that's known about persecution in China, Deng's faith-themed music is making international headlines, with Christianity Today calling her latest song, "Gloria," "courageous."

The song's title is based on the English name the singer's father once gave her.

The outlet noted her recently released music video for the tune, which already has nearly three million views, features a "desolate wasteland" and sorrow—until the singer is pictured discovering light and experiencing healing.

It also features Deng praying and the sea before her parting.

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