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Oliver Anthony, the singer who became an overnight sensation with his song “Rich Men North of Richmond,” said during an interview this week that God completely turned his life around and saved him from committing suicide.
Anthony, whose real name is Christopher Anthony Lunsford, also read from his Bible during an interview on “The Joe Rogan Experience” on Wednesday.
“I was just so at peace being up there; it just felt like that’s where I was supposed to be. And with all of this, it has been [that way],” he said. “There’s no way that Chris from six months ago could handle what’s gone on the last two weeks, but I feel so empowered from all of it.”
“I’m telling you, like, again, I’m not anybody special, and I’m certainly not here to preach to anybody … but coming from somebody who was just in a really f—ed up place, and I used that word with discretion, but it just describes where I was. That guy found a lot of peace from [the Bible].”
He said that he was not attracted to religion when he was younger because he saw it as “theatrics.” He said that he suffered from anxiety and depression to the point where he considered suicide.
“I just felt hopeless, like almost the way a child feels hopeless when you can’t find your parent or something. Like a 4-year-old who can’t find his parents, I didn’t have anything left in me,” he said. “I don’t know, I just decided right then and there, I know I can’t do this anymore, but I know there are things I need to do. I just told God, let me do it and I’ll give all this s— up. I’ll give up the weed, and I’ll quit getting drunk, and I’ll quit being so angry about things … and I’ll start over again and I’ll make Him the focus and not me.”
He said that his faith allowed him to “quit worrying about me, and I started worrying about what it is that I was supposed to do.”
“I gave up my desire and my will and whatever it is that I want to do. It’s about trying to use what I have as a tool,” he said. “We all sin, and we all do stupid things; we’re all just people. Nobody’s special or righteous. People sometimes act like they’re special and righteous, but we’re all just the same thing … we all serve some master whether we realize it or not, so why not let it be the Master that is above all.”
Anthony then read from Proverbs 4:20-27: “My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body. Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Keep your mouth free of perversity; keep corrupt talk far from your lips. Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.”
Rogan responded to everything that Anthony had said by saying: “That’s pretty f***ing profound.”
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