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'God is the foundation': Stormzy receives award from Christian charity, reveals inspirational faith journey

by Premier Journalist

Accepting an award from The Sandford St Martin Trust, British rapper Stormzy delivered some candid remarks about his faith in God and growing up in Church.

The Sandford St Martin Trust aims to "promote the highest standards of broadcast activity dealing with religion, ethics and morality," and believes the media has "an increasingly important and challenging role to play in interpreting what happens in the world." 

Stormzy, whose faith-filled song 'Blinded by Your Grace' soared into the top ten of the UK's Singles Chart back in 2017, said:

"God's always been a very integral part of my life from when I was a kid and my mum used to take me to church. Then I started growing up and got to know him for myself.

"I've always said every award I've ever collected, every achievement I've ever had, I've always been vocal about the fact that it's not possible without God is the literal foundation. He's everything. He's the reason I'm here today. He's the reason I'm able to have a career. 


The artist went on to reveal some behind-the-scenes details of his headline Glastonbury performance last year, explaining how the entire monitor sound system blew 20 minutes into the biggest show of his life. Unable to hear anything, Stormzy said it was "an absolute nightmare.

"I thought it was the worst thing I've every done. Like my career was gonna be over and I'd fumbled everything on the biggest stage of my career.

But little did the rapper know that his mum was at her church, praying for her son. Stomzy explained: "Her pastor had a vision that my Glastonbury performance was gonna go wrong. So my mum was at church the whole time, when I was going through a nightmare on stage. She was praying for me, speaking in tongues. My mum's a prayer warrior.

"I think that's just a beautiful way to round it off and show that even in my darkest times, God's been there and elevated me." 

Stormzy received the Trustees' Award, while Neil Gaiman, David Tennant and Michael Sheen winning the Radio Times Readers Award for “Good Omens".

Chair of the Trust, the Rt Revd Dr Helen-Ann Hartley, Bishop of Ripon said “The openness and clarity about which Stormzy speaks and sings about his faith and the efforts he’s made to translate that into action resonates with people around the world who have heard his music on the radio, seen him perform on television or watched his videos on line.  

"This award celebrates people that have made an outstanding contribution towards understanding how religion impacts on the personal, political and social sides of our lives – for these reasons we’re very pleased to be presenting this year’s award to Stormzy.”

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