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American Idol Contestant Kristen McNamara & L.A.U.G.H.

posted by Joanne Brokaw

I was checking out some of the Idol contestants today and came across Kristen McNamara’s MySpace and another site for an organization that she co-founded called L.A.U.G.H.: Love All Unconditionally Giving Hope.You’ll remember Kristen as part of the train wreck of emotions that included Nathaniel Marshall and Nancy Wilson during the group competition. While Nathaniel and Nancy both had meltdowns, Kristen did her best to remain calm. She was even willing to help out nightmare contestant Tatiana del Toro, who tried to switch groups and caused a bunch of turmoil. Butr when Simon called the group on their obvious dissention, she admitted, “I’m tired of the drama.” The L.A.U.G.H MySpace says about the organization:

Kristen grew up going to church every Sunday, learning God’s love. Kristen has spent endless time with veterans, children, homeless, and many others in need of something simple, happiness. Kristen has been a counselor teaching children about Jesus Christ since she was 13 years of age. Learning and understanding religion can scare people at times, so she wanted take her faith in God and love all people through him. In hopes that her love, music, and mission to spread happiness would help people find hope. Most of her concerts over the last 10 years have been benefits for Boy & Girls Clubs, Children’s Hospitals, High Schools, Salvation Army, Toys For Tots, and more….Eager to do more, she and some others put their heads together. They didn’t have much to give for donations. Kristen came up with the idea to create an organization that spreads awareness of people in need. Giving back by playing music and spending time with them. “Fund raising is always a blessing, but go out and give them love in person, give them a beautiful memory, make them smile, make them laugh….” -Kristen McNamara

I hope that we get to see more of Kristen during the rest of Hollywood week.Do you know a Christian artist competing on this season of American Idol? Let me know, so we can follow their progress!UPDATE 2/12/09: I got an email this morning from some of the people with L.A.U.G.H. informing me that I’d made “multiple errors that need to be corrected” on my post about Kristen & LAUGH. I fixed the ones I saw – I changed it to read that Kristen co-founded the organization, and changed the word “ministry” to “organization” in the two places where that word appeared – but in case there are more errors in there that I missed, here’s the correct information:

L.A.U.G.H. was not solely founded by Kristen McNamara. It was co-founded by [names withheld]. Each of us have put in countless time and effort into keeping L.A.U.G.H. functioning. We strive together to promote L.A.U.G.H. to better the communities in which we live.

[W]e would like to clarify that although L.A.U.G.H. has been founded with Christian principles in mind, it is in no way a ministry. Our non-profit organization keeps in mind the ideals, but is all inclusive and welcomes people from all backgrounds and walks of life. We do not preach or counsel, we merely provide resources for those wanting to give back to their communities.

That should clear everything up!Get the Gospel Soundcheck headlines delivered daily to your email inbox. Just sign up for the RSS feed by going to the “Subscribe” box on the right hand side of this blog and entering your email address.RELATED POSTSBreaking American Idol News: Joanna Pacitti Ineligible; Replaced By Felicia BartonIdol Shocker: Jamar Rogers Sent Home, Tatiana Del Toro StaysAmerican Idol: My Predictions For Some Of The Final 36 American Idol Season 8 Contestants With Ties to Christian MusicAmerican Idol Contestant Kristen McNamara & L.A.U.G.H.American Idol Contestant Ryan Johnson Performs Tonight with Christian Band InstereoIs Jesus at American Idol’s Hollywood Week?American Idol Judge Kara DioGuardi Gives Contestant Some Solid AdviceMore on American Idol contestant Danny Gokey and wife SophiaWhat’s up with American Idol’s new judge Kara DioGuardi and why is the show milking contestants’ tragedies?More American Idol PostsAnd if you want more American Idol show recap, visit my Idol blog at NewChristianVoices.com.



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TRKM

posted February 7, 2009 at 9:37 am


Kristen or KMAC is using this “laugh” ministry campaign as just another marketing ploy to get attention. Her “organization” has yet to do anything of substance that is not just self promotion. Her treatment of people is superficial and not Christlike in the least. The “laugh” myspace is a joke written by her for marketing her music, nothing else. She has worked with very shady people with questionable morals in Los Angeles.
Check out the site http://www.myspace.com/johnstewartmusic.
She’s on there hanging out and doing rock music with that group and those girls.
an embarassment to Christians



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Dani

posted February 9, 2009 at 2:52 am


Kristen McNamara started L.A.U.G.H.- along with friends and family-last year to begin to encourage people to give back in their own community. This is an organization that encourages people to give back their time when they dont have anything else to give.
You say they have done nothing of “substance- that is simply not true. Just because they havent put on any big fundraisers does not mean there has been nothing of substance. L.A.U.G.H. encourages people to give their time to their own communities- therefore, they do their best to help people find ways to volunteer by sending out volunteer information for the communities that the founders live in and that our members live in. Fundraising is not the object of L.A.U.G.H.- personal human contact is.
As for being a ministry, L.A.U.G.H. was started by someone with a strong Christian background but being Christian is absolutely not a requirement for being a part of L.A.U.G.H. They encourage ALL people of ALL backgrounds to join together to help make the world a more positive place.
As for personal promotion- L.A.U.G.H. promotes all bands and people who are a part of it. All you have to do is send in your music…



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Joanne Brokaw

posted February 9, 2009 at 10:37 am


TRKM – I think maybe your comments say more about you than they do about her, to be honest.
Joanne
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TRKM

posted February 9, 2009 at 7:28 pm


Joanne and Dani,
What exactly do my comments say about me? All I’m stating are facts (that I’m sure that she and her backers don’t want to acknowledge) that people can use to come to their own conclusions. With all due respect, I know personally people that Kristen has treated terribly and has taken advantage of their support and caring, and then tossed away their friendship when she grew tired of them or had no use for then any longer. Having your parents take you to church and actually living as a true Christian adult are two very different things, as I’m sure you will agree. When “personal human contact” ends up hurting people, not helping people, particularly people closest to her, LAUGH’s words become hollow and sound like a cheap ploy for attention. Have you seen her wear her yellow ribbon that she vowed to wear for the troops lately? Neither have I. I guess she lost interest in them, which seems to be her M.O. And the reason I brought up her being with John Stewart is that it is more than fair to be judged by the company you keep. What sort of values can she have when associating with the girls shown on that page? And the fact that she blamed her two groupmates on Idol for the problems they were having further demonstrates her inability to accept any personal responsibility for the outcome. Talk is cheap and actions, once again, speak louder than words for those who choose to pay attention. Ask her when was the last time she went to church. She needs more than just a refresher course on the manifestation of God’s love should be through us and our lives. Let facts be facts. In this scenario, she is the definition of a hypocrite. And, dare I say again, an embarassment to Christians.



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Dani

posted February 9, 2009 at 9:42 pm


TRKM…I am sorry if my reply came off that I was attacking you. I didn’t mean to give the impression that I was commenting on you personally. I do however want to clarify that you know people who know Kristen- you don’t know her personally?
If that is the case there are always two sides to every story. We know what these people had to say about Kristen but we don’t know what happened from her perspective. All I am saying is that we only have half of the story and I know that there have been times when I have fought with people and we have stopped being friends… and I know there were wrongs on both sides. These people wouldn’t have very positive things to say about me but I know that that is not who I am as a person it may have been a momentary lapse of judgment on my part or whatever. So it may be the same for her…
Maybe we should just wait. People’s true selves have a way of coming out in the end but it is not our position to judge whether or not she is a true Christian that is between her and God…but I believe in her, so I hope I am proven right!



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Joanne Brokaw

posted February 10, 2009 at 8:53 am


TRKM, I don’t care if you want to share a legitimately bad personal experience with LAUGH – since I don’t know her I can only share that, indeed, she has a ministry called L.A.U.G.H. And if there’s a legitimate problem, then of course I want to know. But just saying a friend said this or you heard something, or questioning when the last time she went to church, that’s really not more than judgemental gossip.
As for her appearing on a video with Jon Stewart, singing with those girls, and being known by the company you keep … well, Jesus would probably fall into the same category, based solely on that assumption.
Joanne
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Chuck Harvey

posted February 10, 2009 at 11:12 am


We, at One21music.com, are also covering Christian music artists competing on season 8 of American Idol. Like you, we have highlighted Danny Gokey, who is my early favorite to win it all, and Kristen Mcnamara. We have also featured Matt Giraud and Kris Allen. Matt has released two Christian R&B cd’s and Kris is an active worship leader in Conway, Arkansas. Matt and Kris were two members of “White Chocolate” who performed the rapping, beatboxing version of “I Want You Back”
We will start live blogging next week. We are excited to follow these musicians and more, if we can identify them.



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Joanne Brokaw

posted February 10, 2009 at 4:25 pm


Chuck, you can read more here:
http://blog.beliefnet.com/gospelsoundcheck/2009/02/american-idol-season-8-contest.html
Thanks!
Joanne
host of the GS blog



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Joanne Brokaw

posted February 12, 2009 at 4:26 pm


TRKM – I need to apologize to you for being snarky. I recognize that you have some valid concerns and while I would still prefer some specifics if there’s a problem, I do appreciate you alerting me to your experiences.
Thanks!
Joanne
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sperry84

posted February 15, 2009 at 10:15 am


Here are some “specifics”
http://www.buddytv.com/kristen-mcnamara.aspx
A “wholesome Christian girl”– the kind I’ll be sure to warn my daughters about!



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Joanne Brokaw

posted February 15, 2009 at 6:03 pm


Sperry84 – I would be very cautious about sites like this. While they do have at least one photo of her there, I’m skeptical if those half-naked ones are actually her.
Joanne
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sperry84

posted February 15, 2009 at 7:43 pm

Joanne Brokaw

posted February 16, 2009 at 9:52 am


Like I said, some of them are definitely her pictures. But I’m skeptical of the nudie/porn shots. They look doctored to me, like someone put her face on someone else’s body.
Joanne
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sperry84

posted February 16, 2009 at 1:28 pm


I don’t know Joanne…if you look at the pictures, she is wearing the same shirt in several of them, fully clad, but different poses, some more questionable than others. Even some of her glam shots are a bit risque and don’t appear to be doctored. The one looking like Marilyn Monroe is hard to tell for sure if it is her, and yet in interviews when asked what star she would like to be like she mentions Marilyn Monroe. Ok, I’ll take it all with a grain of salt….however, to tout her as a “Christian” is a a bit of a leap as well. I’m glad to hear she is a proponent of being nice to people and all, but I haven’t seen or heard anything that indicates that she has a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Maybe if she progresses we’ll get to hear more from her.



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Joanne Brokaw

posted February 16, 2009 at 2:08 pm


Sperry84, you’re totally right to be cautious, and unfortunately all of the Idol contestants’ MySpace and websites are frozen while they’re competing so I can’t get back to find where I read her testimony. Someone close to her did tell me that while everyone involved in LAUGH isn’t necessarily Christian, she said, “Kristen is, however, a very devout believer in Christ.”
The only reason I’m skeptical of those pictures is because I’ve seen a lot of things come up as soon as someone is in the public eye. You would be totally amazed at the stuff that’s online that’s not true – including pictures. And if I can just be honest … I don’t think Kristen’s … um … chest … was that busty, LOL. If it was, I’m SURE Simon Cowell would have made comments about it and it would have been a topic of intense conversation both on the show and in the media. :) That’s why I think it’s her face on someone else’s body in a few of those pics. But if the website owners can convince people to keep going to the site to look at the pics, they drive traffic to their site.
I’ll let you know if I hear anything else, and thank you for being Berean-like about what you watch and listen to. Good for you for investigating!
Joanne
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Joanne Brokaw

posted February 16, 2009 at 2:43 pm


Sperry84 – I just talked to someone who knows Kristen. She told me that a few years ago, some of Kristen’s “friends” used an online photo editing program and put Kristen’s face on the bodies of models. Kristen has tried to get the photos off the internet, but they keep popping up.
Which goes to show that 1) you can’t believe everything you see online and 2) nothing ever goes away online. Oh, and probably 3) sometimes friends aren’t really friends.
Hope that clears it up!
Joanne
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sperry84

posted February 17, 2009 at 6:17 pm


With friends like that….who needs enemies?



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tjgo

posted March 3, 2009 at 11:10 pm


Hi Joanne…have you looked at Scott McIntyre’s background? He is an avid believer in Jesus Christ. You’d benefit from seeing his resume and faith statement!



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Joanne Brokaw

posted March 4, 2009 at 9:44 am


tjgo – I have written about him. He’s part of Scottsdale Bible Church, performed on the Hour of Power, and sings with a gospel quartet. You can find that info in more recent posts.
Thanks!! Keep me posted if you find more info!
Joanne
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MrSandmanlvrs

posted March 8, 2009 at 3:07 am


Hey everyone!
If there are any Kristen McNamara fans out there please e-mail Idol to let them know that their ratings are down because Kristen is no longer a part of the show! It wont get her back on but if record companies can see that she has a following it will help her get a record deal!
Also go to her myspace and add her. Record companies also look at how many music plays an artist gets. Lerts help her out and add her and listen to her music! myspace.com/kristenmcnamara
And dont forget to L.A.U.G.H. a little everyday! We can make a difference one person at a time!!! myspace.com/laughmusic and laughmusic@live.com to join the mailing list!!!!!



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