Brandon Flowers – Lead Singer of The Killers
The Killers is one of my favorite bands. Formed in 2002, their sound is reminiscent of 80’s synth pop with a glam indie edge. They broke through charts with their first Hot Fuss album featuring songs like “Mr. Brightside” and “Somebody Told Me.” These hits were followed by the Sam’s Town, Sawdust, and the Day & Age albums along with the recent “A White Demon Love Song” written for the 2009 Twilight: New Moon soundtrack. They’ve sold over 16 Million Albums Worldwide and lead singer/lyricist Brandon Flowers just happens to be Mormon.
Though born in Henderson, Nevada Brandon is reported to have spent his growing years in Utah as the youngest of six children. His father was baptized when Brandon was 5 years old. Of course I don’t know him personally or how active he is in his faith but I have read that he and his wife named their first child Ammon – which is a very Mormon thing to do. Why?
The Story of Ammon
Ammon was the son of King Mosiah of the Nephites (ancestors to Native Americans) in the ancient city of Zarahemla (located somewhere in ancient America). He was offered the crown but instead chose to become a missionary along with his other brothers, friends, and Alma the Younger (who eventually became a Prophet).
Ammon traveled to a land inhabited by the Lamanites (who were enemies of Nephites and are also ancestors of Native Americans). He was captured and delivered to King Lamoni. The Missionary found favor with the King and became his servant, watching over the sheep with other Lamanite servants. While doing so some wicked Lamanites stole the King’s sheep. Though the other servants were afraid, Ammon lead them to retrieve the sheep. He and the other servants were greatly outnumbered and attacked by the wicked Lamanites.
With great faith and the power of God, Ammon was able to defeat the Lamanites. While he only killed the leader of the thieves, he did manage to cut off quite a few of their arms. These limbs were gathered by the other servants and taken before King Lamoni as proof when they told him of Ammon’s Godlike strength.
King Lamoni feared Ammon a God. The great missionary taught the King that he was a man, granted the power of God through his faith (much like David vs. Goliath). He then began teaching King Lamoni the gospel. King Lamoni and many of his people converted. ~Alma Ch. 17-8, Mosiah Ch. 28 (Book Of Mormon)
So needless to say, Ammon is a very cool Mormon name for a little boy.
Back to Brandon. He admits to ups and downs with his faith (we all have them). An article in mormonwiki shares,
Though Brandon has waivered in following the dictates of the Church (mostly the health laws, or “Word of Wisdom),” he has said in his most recent interviews that his faith is becoming more and more important to him. In an interview with Jonathan Ross on May 29, 2009, Flowers stated that he both grew up and chose to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He also stated that he has not used alcohol for a very long time (in accordance with church practices). – Mormonwiki
I’m sure the Mormon questions are hard but he takes them on well in this interview:
Even when I slipped I still believed what I believe. – Brandon Flowers, The Observer in the UK
PS. He’s also noted to have performed for church talent shows. I think I’d “relocate my membership” just to attend one of those! Brandon Flowers is definitely worth all of the “Hot Fuss.”
For further stats/bio on Brandon check out www.imdb.com
Brandon Flowers Facebook Page
Brandon Flowers MySpace Page
Sources: Bio info. from Wikipedia & Billboard