American music duo Jason and deMarco are a love match made in heaven.
The Christian musical couple don’t just spread God’s word around the globe, but also a message of love and acceptance thanks to their almost eight-year loving relationship.
Jason Warner and deMarco DeCiccio met at a Los Angeles restaurant. Since 2002 they have recorded eight albums.
He [deMarco] was my waiter and after I finished eating dinner with my friends, he asked me what I wanted for dessert. I looked up at him and winked. After a couple of dates, I felt like I had known him my entire life, Warner said.
Before the self-confessed soulmates combined their voices they were involved in several Christian groups. Warner travelled throughout the US in mainstream gospel groups, but had difficulty finding a place in the same circles after he came out.
The pair have released both secular and Christian albums, though they haven’t managed to find acceptance in all churches, with their concerts picketed by conservative Christians. They have, however, found a loving home with the Metropolitan Community Church.
When I came out I was invited to get out of the Christian music industry. During that time, I found the MCC and realised there were many gay-friendly churches, something I had never imagined, Warner said.
When deMarco and I first met, he had no idea what the Christian music industry was. He was raised Catholic. The fundamentalist Christians say that the loving relationship that my partner and I have should not exist.
Their rules say that Christianity and homosexuality are incompatible, that gay relationships don’t work, especially when lovers work together. Young, attractive gay men are said to be shallow and self-centred, DeCiccio added.
But we break all of these stereotypes, proving that life can be lived beyond conventional rules and without boundaries.
When the Human Rights Campaign lobbied for equal rights for same-sex couples in Congress and needed to raise money, the pair worked with their record label on a compilation CD.
They are also the subject of a documentary, We’re All Angels, which takes an in-depth look at their lives over an 18-month period.
But between their original songs, covers and dance remixes, the couple feel their latest album Safe is a perfect representation of their musical diversity.
It was our intention with this new album to capture this live energy that everyone talks about during our live shows, Warner said.
Our new album has added our own inspirational touch with a bit of funk and rebellion, but ultimately, the message rings through, no matter who the audience is -” we need one another and are all connected.
info: Safe can be downloaded at centaurmusic.com and iTunes. For more details, visit jasonanddemarco.com.

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