Prayer List

Sheila Wilson, Mother of Singer Bryan Andrew Wilson, Passes Away at 65

From a Press Release: Sheila Wilson, a worship leader who had recorded with her gospel star son Bryan Andrew Wilson, passed away November 9, 2022, at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, GA. She was battling stage 4 cancer when she she suffered a cardiac arrest. She was 65 years old. Wilson was born May 25, 1957, in Danville, IL. Her father Tommy Davis was a quartet singer who grew up with B.B. King in the Mississippi delta. Her mother, Clair Bell Davis, was also a singer, so their household was full of music and church. Although she aspired to become ...

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Keith “Wonderboy” Johnson Dies Suddenly at 50

September 30, 2022 – One of the current kings of gospel quartet music, Keith “Wonderboy” Johnson, has died suddenly at the age of 50. Johnson was found dead in his Atlanta, GA, home this morning. An autopsy is scheduled. Johnson was known for big gospel radio hits such as “Let Go and Let God Have His Way,” “Be Right,” and “Hide Behind the Mountain.” “I’m in total disbelief,” says Black Smoke Music Worldwide founder Kerry Douglas who first discovered Johnson when he was performing at the American Gospel Quartet Convention in Birmingham, AL, in the late 1990s. “I saw Keith ...

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RIP Dr. Charles Reese, GMWA Dean of Academics

JGM is saddened to learn from Deacon Dennis Cole of the passing of Dr. Charles Reese of the Gospel Music Workshop of America. His book on the GMWA was the first to chronicle the organization’s history and achievements. A memorial service will be held next month in Dayton, Ohio.

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RIP Zadella “Mama” Curtis, Gospel Quartet Promoter

By Robert M. Marovich The Journal of Gospel Music was saddened to learn of the passing of Zadella “Mama” Curtis. She transitioned from earthly labor to heavenly reward yesterday, August 28, at age 73. Although Mama Curtis was best known for helping gospel quartets promote their music to radio, she started her gospel music career as a choir director. Born and raised in Chicago, Curtis attended Rayfield Missionary Baptist Church, where her grandparents were founding members. She sang her first solo at age three and began directing choirs at age twelve. Curtis graduated from Hyde Park High School and for ...

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RIP Roy Tyler, Gospel Quartet Singer

By Robert M. Marovich JGM learned the sad news from radio announcer Elder Lee (The Sheriff) Williams that gospel quartet singer Roy Tyler has passed away. Tyler was a member of the Gospel Hummingbirds, a Bay Area group that put out some very fine albums and singles, including “A Better Home” (Bar-Tone) and “Trouble Don’t Last” (Strickland & Son). Their album Steppin’ Out earned a GRAMMY nomination in 1993, and that same year it took home Best Gospel Album from the French Jazz Academy. Later, Tyler formed Roy Tyler & New Direction, releasing 2004’s Three Way Calling, among the first ...

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Half Mile Home Suffers Tragic Loss of Group Member David Felder

(ATLANTA, GA) – July 8th, 2022 – Popular gospel group Half Mile Home lost member David “Ready Writa” Felder. Felder unexpectedly passed away earlier this week at the age of 42. Felder was a loyal member of the Billboard chart-topping group. He was a dedicated father of 4 and known throughout the industry for his talents as a writer, producer, and singer. With the 2022 return of Half Mile Home, their latest single “Closet” has been trending in the Top 40s several weeks on the Billboard chart. The song is getting rave reviews nationally from radio and fans. The message of ...

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Deborah McCrary of the McCrary Sisters Passes Away June 1, 2022

From a press release: The McCrary Sisters share the following on the loss of their sister, Deborah McCrary, yesterday, June 1, 2022: “It is with deep sorrow that we share the news of the passing of our beloved sister Deborah.” Deborah Person McCrary, born June 17, 1954 (age 67), was a member of the legendary McCrary Sisters, who have performed on countless recordings, television shows and live performances including Grammy, CMA, CMT, SNL, and others. Deborah’s smile and foundational tones graced the stage with her sisters Ann, Regina, and Alfreda on countless festivals in North America and Europe since 2011. ...

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RIP Deacon Dr. Timothy D. Poston Sr., Organist

By Robert M. Marovich Lady Sharon Poston shared the sad news that her husband, Deacon Dr. Timothy D. Poston Sr., passed away on March 15, 2022. The California organist’s Churchin’ on the Hammond B3 Organ was reviewed by the Journal of Gospel Music in 2018. We at JGM express our condolences to the family, friends, and many fans of Dr. Poston, a keyboard talent bar none. Here is the homegoing service information (it will be livestreamed):

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Gospel Music Community Mourns Loss of Derrick Lee

By Robert M. Marovich The gospel music community is mourning the loss of Derrick Lee, who transitioned from labor to reward February 19, 2022, at Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee. He had been battling health issues for some time and had been in the hospital since the week after Christmas 2021. Friends and associates sete up a GoFundMe page to help defray his hospital expenses. From Newark, New Jersey, Lee was a talented songwriter and musician who went on to become the music director for BET’s Bobby Jones Gospel, the longest-running gospel music television program. After his show’s 35-year tenure ...

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RIP: DK. DRU, Stellar Award-Nominated Gospel Artist

From a press release: The SRT ENTERTAINMENT family regrets to announce the passing of Dr. Norris Andrus Lipsey, professionally known as Stellar Award Nominee gospel artist DK. DRU. Every once in a while, music creators converge in a studio and what is crafted is pure magic. Pure magic is the only way to describe the vocal collaboration featuring late great Stellar and Grammy nominated Bishop Rance Allen, Quartet legend Paul Porter of The Christianaires, veteran producer, songwriter, artist, Chris Byrd & True Victory and DK. DRU on his debut single, “Man From Galilee,” earning him his first appearance on the ...

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