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Donna Summer Gospel Music: Legendary Singer Sang Christian Songs (VIDEOS)

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Singer Donna Summer performs onstage during the 'Great Performances: Hitman Returns - David Foster & Friends' panel at the PBS portion of the 2011 Winter TCA press tour held at the Langham Hotel on January 9, 2011 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Singer Donna Summer performs onstage during the 'Great Performances: Hitman Returns - David Foster & Friends' panel at the PBS portion of the 2011 Winter TCA press tour held at the Langham Hotel on January 9, 2011 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Donna Summer, affectionally called Queen of Disco, passed away on the 17th of May. She was 63 and died battling cancer.

While Donna Summer might be remembered most for her disco hits, Christianity had a profound impact on her life and music. She was brought up in a devout Christian family and began singing in church when she was eight-years-old.

"I opened my mouth and this voice just shot out of me. It shocked me and it shocked everyone in the room. I started crying and everyone in the room started crying and I heard the voice of God say, 'You're going to be famous and this is power and you are never to misuse this power,'" Summer told ABC News in 2008.

In 1983, Donna Summer had a born-again experience. Of this experience, she reportedly said, "Well, I was Christian my whole life, but I didn't really execute it -- I didn't live it. And I came back to realizing that without it I couldn't get through this stuff I had to go through. I need something that grounded me and it had to be really strong."

Michael Levine, Donna Summer's publicist, told CBSNews.com that Summer used to hold a weekly Bible studies class at her home.

Below is a sampling of some of her best gospel music:

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