Melissa Etheridge, in high school, want to have a career in Christian music. In fact her first real gig was opening for Phil Keaggy in her hometown (Leavenworth, Kansas...been there). After the show, when she asked him what he thought, Melissa said he responded, "'I don't think there's a place for people like you in Christian music,' but he said it very nicely."
It always sucks being rejected. Even though Phil was being honest, brutally so, and was probably right... I'm glad she was able to find her success still in music (although I'm not a huge fan of hers...sorry Melissa).
You can read the article and more on Melissa's faith in the current Rolling Stone.