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An actor and singer best known for his appearance on CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” and NBC’s “Nashville Star” says his daughters helped deepen his Christian faith, teaching him more about God’s love.

Justin Gaston competed on the sixth season of “Nashville Star,” performed on “American Idol,” and starred in NBC’s “Days of Our Lives,” “The Young and the Restless,” and the Lifetime film “Santa Bootcamp.” His latest movie is a faith-based Pure Flix film, “God’s Country Song,” where he plays a country music star who paused his career to raise his 4-year-old son he never knew.

Gaston grew up in a Christian home, was baptized when he was eight and started getting serious about his faith in his teens. He said, “When I was a teenager, I went to church camp and met God there. I had a genuine encounter. I can remember being in high school, and I would just sit there in school and read my Bible all day long. I don’t even know what they were teaching me.”

Gaston and his wife, actress Melissa Ordway Gaston, are instilling that faith in their five and seven-year-old daughters. Gaston told Christian Headlines, “They’ve taught me so much about God and His love for me. Through them, I understand that love more as a father. I love them more than anything in the world, and I would do anything for them.”

Being a parent, he said, has helped him better understand unconditional love. Gaston cited scientific studies that show the positive impact of children on men. “That’s the way God set things up,” he said.

Meanwhile, Gaston recently released a new single, The One, under his stage name, Justin Michael Gaston. The song tells how Jesus is the “only one that can save me,” Gaston said. “I think it is a beautiful song.”

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