In general, Priscilla Alcantara withstands pain well, but this time she admits that she did not. He asked for anesthetic ointment to tattoo a word inside his lips – “love”.
You’ve lost the number of tattoos you have. The new song she made on the eve of the release of her new song “Você Aprendiu a Amar?” , a duet with Emicida, composed by a duet with Lucas Silveira, from the band Fresno. It was the other way around – it took an epidemic for the 26-year-old artist from São Paulo to feel less numb than what was going on around her.
It came at a frantic pace with a successful career in gospel music, until it took a hit from the Covid-19 crisis. “Then everyone’s world stopped. I looked around and saw a lot of horrible things. Where were I to my neighbor when all this was happening to him?”
Alcantara, who is evangelical, says she has become interested in social issues. He faced his “hypocrisy” because he said he feared God, “but was always in a hurry, perhaps blinded by religion.”
In May 2020, American and Brazilian police killed George Floyd and Joao Pedro. That was when the songwriter wrote the lyrics that mention two victims of police violence and attack the Christian who does nothing in the face of similar injustices.
They are verses such as “The Contradiction of Faith / Who says ‘God is love’ / And this God hides / In the name of fear”, and “I have seen many people / Who claimed to know how to heal / Go straight through / For those who only felt pain”. She says the biggest criticism of the song is herself. However, many people saw hints from fellow Christians there, especially those sitting at the head of evangelical authority.
A great shot of Bolsonaro’s youth, Councilman Nicolas Ferreira, from Belo Horizonte PL, same age and religion as Alcantara, and that’s all they have in common. He retweeted a picture of “love” she had written inside her mouth on a social network and saved the drawing next to her anus by the great name of national pop. “It’s clear that Anita’s not the only one who gets tattoos where the shit comes out,” he said.
Alcantara says he prefers “not to waste energy” with Ferreira and those who endorse these “anti-Christian words”. “These are meaningless things in my head. It is impossible to understand how there is logic in a loving God, but with hateful words.”
It wasn’t just the transition from the gospel scene to the narrow pop scene that angered part of the gospel segment who came to see the artist as a stray sheep. She also upset Alcantara that she called the opinion of Bruna Carla, the gospel singer who bragged about turning down an invitation to her LGBT friend’s wedding, as “rotten” because she considers gays “on the path to eternal death.”
Alcantara has a clear political position and believes that it is a good thing. “People know that I hate this government, that I will not vote for Bolsonaro.” He sympathizes with Marina Silva, the former presidential candidate who this year should run for vice-federal, but believes that in an election as polarized as the current one, something more is on the agenda. Lola wink.
She even announced, months ago, that she would never sing Liberdade again, a hit of her gospel development. The reason is that Bolsonaro has used the soundtrack in a post. The composer commented below on a transcript from the Presidential Values Administration: “Guys, what did I do wrong to deserve this?”.
According to her, “It is inherent in the artist to be a voice,” and here she recalls Leonardo Gonçalves, a left-wing evangelical singer who continues the gospel. But he also remembers Anita.
One of Alcantara’s favorite books is “Art and the Bible,” in which theologian Francis Schaeffer encourages Christians to worship God through art. “He said that, within society, the artist is the person most likely to change the worldview. That’s right, look at Anita’s cultural power. We’re talking about making heads.”
But she does not like ready-made stickers. “Jesus is my pillar, and my family is my pillar. At the end of the day, I don’t stop and think – have I been a progressive Christian today? I just want to know if I’m consistent with my faith.”
Alcantara has miles in the artistic milieu, religious or not. He attended the Adventist Church of Itapeserica da Serra, in greater São Paulo, with his family when he participated in the SBT music competition under Celso Portioli. Rogue and Inessa Camargo sang.
Silvio Santos agreed and appointed the girl in charge of the morning show Bom Dia e Cia, along with Maisa and Yudi Tamashiro. Alcantara was sometimes scolded by his boss, who might have problems with clothes that left his stomach out.
As a child, when he got started in gospel music, he came face to face with the inflexibility of some evangelical brothers. “At eight, I had my first beef with church,” he says with a laugh. “It got to the point where I had to choose between singing on TV or staying in church. My family and I were sort of dealing with the wall by priests.”
It was not a difficult choice. “My parents said to me ‘You have this dream, and you fulfill it, and the church has many.’ I chose my dream. I knew God was with me in it, and that I would find another church.”
Alcantara has already passed through denominations such as Bola de Neve and Renascer em Cristo. Today it is in a smaller church. She also loves the idea of Christian cells, like the one that her friend Bruna Marquezine is promoting at home. At these home gatherings, they discuss faith “the free style” or with the help of a guest pastor. “It’s very difficult to find a church where people and common people feel comfortable,” he says. “Sometimes they watch a lot, there is a feeling of discomfort.”
She is now stepping into a new territory. Not only had he sung for more than two years, because of the pandemic, but also because of the transition he went through, from gospel to secular pop—which he did with encouragement from Isa and Gloria Grove, friends of this new scene.
The fast ended at the beginning of the month, when his new show debuted in Salvador, which arrived in Sao Paulo on Friday. I was crossing Porto Alegre, at Obinau’s house; Belo Horizonte, in the area of the province; And on October 1st in Vivo Rio. On September 11, veteran Marsha Barra Jesus debuted at Rock in Rio.
She knows she owes a lot of this stage to The Masked Singer Brasil, Globo’s real-life music that made celebrities sing in costumes, so no one knew who they were. The rhino, the secret identity of Priscilla Alcantara, won last year.
She found a “great metaphor” for what she had always dreamed of, “that only my voice would recognize her”, without earlier references, such as “Look at the believer here,” or “Look at the apostate believer.” Her goal is to be the greatest soloist Brazil has ever seen. “When you think of sound, I want you to think of me.”
And that your faith does not dictate which artistic directions you should take. “I want people to realize that it’s okay, you don’t have to give up your faith and singing another song is not synonymous with lack of faith. There is no sweeter word, but that’s stupid thinking.”
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