In this column, I spoke with Dan Reynolds about his faith (and his mom):
On a recent phone call with Imagine Dragons lead Dan Reynolds, I asked him about his Mormon faith.
Specifically, is it harder to stay in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a rock star or as an LGBTQ ally?
“To be honest with you, I don’t think it’s hard for any of that,” he said. “Because I really was raised to just do whatever you felt in your heart, regardless of what people think. I really feel like my mom is like the most punk rock woman I know. Which sounds like a real funny thing. She’s this woman that raised nine kids and is super Mormon, but she’s also super intelligent and powerful and did whatever she wanted to do regardless of what people around her thought, and I really get with that.”
The Mormon singer has been in headlines since organizing the LoveLoud concert last summer, which brought performers and activists together to raise support for LGBTQ youth within Mormon communities. The story of the concert was the subject of the HBO documentary “Believer,” which is available to stream now, and July 28 will mark the return of the concert to Utah.
With LoveLoud, Reynolds is carving his own path as a “punk rock” Mormon.
“I identify with people who follow their truth regardless of what others think,” he said. “Being a Mormon missionary, for me, when I was a Mormon missionary, felt like it was my own punk rock thing. It wasn’t cool. People throw Slurpees at you, you’re this stupid guy in this white T-shirt with a name badge, and people make fun of you. And so for me, I feel like my definition of punk rock is following your truth regardless of the popularity of it.”