Brandon Flowers (of The Killers)
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Since they were formed in the early 2000s, The Killers have reached the Billboard charts dozens of times.
Their 2004 debut album, Hot Fuss, reached #7 on the "Billboard 200" chart and produced several successful singles, including "Mr. Brightside" and "Somebody Told Me," both of which hit #3 on the "Alternative Songs" chart. The album and its first three singles went on to receive five Grammy Award nominations. The band's three subsequent albums have all debuted within the top 10 of the "Billboard 200" chart, with Sawdust, Day & Age, and Battleborn topping the "Alternative Albums" chart.
Frontman and Latter-day Saint Brandon Flowers also enjoys a successful solo career. His debut album, Flamingo, reached #3 on the "Alternative Albums" chart, and his single, "Crossfire," peaked at #6 on the "Alternative Songs" chart. His second solo album, The Desired Effect, also hit at #3 on the "Alternative Albums" chart.
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The judges on America's Got Talent didn't believe in her, but Lindsey Stirling has proved them wrong by reinventing the music world with her violin rock music and eclectic style. By combining her two passions—dance and violin—into one bold performance, Stirling has garnered fans of all ages, amassing more than 10 million social media fans, recording two full-length albums, releasing multiple hits with billions of YouTube views, and touring sold-out venues across the world.
Both her self-titled debut album and her 2014 album, Shatter Me, reached #1 on the "Classical Albums" and "Top Dance/Electronic Albums" charts. And her autobiography, The Only Pirate at the Party, was released last month, hitting #10 on the New York Times Best Seller list for hardcover nonfiction.
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Throughout her journey to fame, Stirling has done her best to stay close to the gospel.
“I’ve had to say no to several collaboration opportunities with ‘big name’ artists because their songs or their videos were too vulgar,” she told LDS Living. But Stirling doesn’t regret any of those tough decisions because she knows that they have kept her closer to the Lord when it would have been easier to stray.
“I try to keep the commandments,” she says. “I strive to go to church even when I am on the road or on tour. I’m not perfect, but I really try. I live worthy of a temple recommend, and I strive to keep the gospel as a foundation for my life.”
Dan Truman (of Diamond Rio)
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Founded in 1982, Diamond Rio is a legendary country music band that has found itself on the Billboard charts many times. Dan Truman (third from right), the band's keyboardist, is a faithful Latter-day Saint.
Over the years, Diamond Rio has had 12 albums hit the "Top Country Albums" chart. Their albums have ranked on several additional Billboard charts, including "Top Christian Albums," "Adult Contemporary," and "Holiday Albums." The band has also enjoyed several #1 songs, including "I Believe," "Beautiful Mess," "One More Day," "How Your Love Makes Me Feel," and their debut single, "Meet in the Middle."
Diamond Rio received the Academy of Country Music's award for Top Vocal Group in 1991 and 1992. In 1992, 1993, 1994, and 1997, they also received the Country Music Association's award for Vocal Group of the Year (an award for which they received 15 total nominations—more than any other country music group). In addition, they have received 13 Grammy Award nominations, winning their first Grammy Award in 2011 for Best Southern, Country or Bluegrass Gospel Album for The Reason.
Of his experience as the only Mormon in the band, Truman told LDS Living, “I’ve been blessed to play with this band for 20 years. Every one of the guys in Diamond Rio is a really good family guy. The biggest plus for me is that they all have lifestyles similar to mine.”
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Though he was offered the opportunity to become a recording star himself, Jason Deere has chosen to remain behind the scenes writing and producing hit songs and developing artists.
Deere's work has appeared on several Billboard charts through artists like Lady Antebellum, SHeDaisy, LeAnn Rimes, and Tammy Cochran. He enjoyed a new level of success in 1999 when the first act that he had extensively worked with, SHeDAISY, was signed to Disney's Lyric Street Records. He co-wrote five songs on their double-platinum debut album The Whole SHeBANG, including three top 10 hits.
In the past few years, Deere has produced recordings with Marie Osmond, Olivia Newton-John, Diamond Rio, Alex Boyé, John Cowan, SHeDAISY, Nathan Pacheco, David Archuleta, Katherine Nelson, and American Idol winner Taylor Hicks. He has also collaborated on writing and recording projects with Katy Perry, Due West, Ryan Shupe & the Rubberband, and Little Big Town.