By Bob Marovich

JGM learned today that powerhouse gospel vocalist Lecresia Campbell passed away on September 29.

Born in Chicago, Campbell was the lead singer on Walt Whitman & the Soul Children of Chicago’s 1990 gospel smash, “Perfect Praise (How Excellent).” She earned a bachelor’s degree in Applied Voice at Tougaloo College and went on to teach elementary school for eight years. She also was background vocalist for Vanessa Bell Armstrong and sang alongside many others in the gospel industry.

In 2008, Campbell recorded a solo album, Even Me, which earned her a Stellar Award nomination for Best Female Vocalist – Traditional. Most recently, she could be heard on The Shalom Church City of Peace Mass Choir’s album, Simply Amazing, singing “When I See the Blood;” and leading “Draw Me Nearer” on the Mississippi Mass Choir’s 2014 release, Declaration of Dependence. No one who has heard Campbell sing will forget the skyrocketing high notes that she would pepper into her presentations.

Let us remember Psalmist Campbell with this 2007 video of her singing “Perfect Praise” with the Soul Children of Chicago.


  1. erin vales October 1, 2016 at 5:27 am - Reply

    She is singing n heaven choir. God bless

  2. Stacey D. Jiurnalo Nichols October 2, 2016 at 12:46 am - Reply

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  3. Angie Stevens October 4, 2016 at 5:45 am - Reply

    Lifting the Campbell family up in prayer!

  4. Laronda Dawson October 4, 2016 at 3:11 pm - Reply

    She is resting in the Safety of the masters arms.
    Although, we will miss her on this side, we will continue the legacy of pure worship.

  5. Sabrina Patrice McCloud October 4, 2016 at 10:44 pm - Reply

    Lecresia Campbell was a powerhouse of her time. She will be singing with God and Jesus Christ and the Angels of God up in heaven. She’s sweet as what I see in her countenance and nature. God truly blessed her when she was alive! I pray and hope she tests in pure peace with God and Jesus Christ!

  6. Sabrina Patrice McCloud October 4, 2016 at 10:48 pm - Reply

    I pray and hope Lecresia Campbell rests in perfect peace up in heaven. God bless her soul as she ascends to the heavens to be with God and Jesus Christ and the Angels of God and I know she will be singing up there to make her sunshine be known up there through her ministry down here that she have and birthed out!

  7. Dina October 23, 2016 at 10:11 pm - Reply

    Wow, she worked while it was day. Thank you Lord for the gift of this great woman to the body.

  8. Nia November 14, 2016 at 3:21 pm - Reply

    She always had the voice of an Angel, now she us singing with them!!

  9. Arnell Pharr July 21, 2017 at 6:11 pm - Reply

    Omg… I didn’t know she was gone from us. I looked up her video and just stumbled on some articles in trying to find out what she’s doing these days. I grabbed my chest from shock to know that she passed way back in September! Lord, have mercy. I will miss her. “In His Safety” took me through the most terrible time in my life and is one of the songs I want sung or played at my funeral.

    • Bob Marovich July 21, 2017 at 7:25 pm - Reply

      It was indeed a shock, felt all the more during the recent Soul Children of Chicago reunion. A wonderful singer, now in Heaven.

    • Danita Johnson February 15, 2018 at 12:03 am - Reply

      Me Too, Arnell. I was needing her voice to minister to me today; and, while looking up “Safety”, I learned of her passing. I was dealing with my own health issues, during the time of her passing, so I missed the news. May she Rest in the Eternal Heavenlies. (Danita Johnson, Chicago IL)

  10. Lynda December 27, 2017 at 9:07 pm - Reply

    So sadden to hear of her passing , such a beautiful gifted person . I grew on with her in the choir at Mt. Calvary Church on the south side of Chicago .

  11. Edith May 14, 2018 at 7:25 pm - Reply

    I just listened to her vocals once again. I love her spirit. My Mom passed away and her voice calmed me.

  12. J April 21, 2023 at 9:10 pm - Reply

    Here because her legacy is being lifted up on Tik Tok right now. Bless her soul.

  13. Vernessa B Steward May 6, 2023 at 3:07 am - Reply

    Such an angelic voice that truly ushers us into the presents of the Lord our God. May she Rest in the arms of the Lord and continuously Magnify his name with her beautiful voice..in Heaven😇❤️🙏🌅🌹….

  14. Ricardo May 17, 2023 at 5:51 pm - Reply

    Rest in peace Lecresia Campbell you will be missed forever you’re now an angel in heaven singing for God and Jesus Christ

  15. o2bblessed July 4, 2023 at 1:46 pm - Reply

    Wow! I did not know she passed away! RIP, Ms. Campbell. 🙏🏾🕊🥀

  16. Dee October 16, 2023 at 11:45 pm - Reply

    I’m just so sorry that when I hear the song “How Excellent” to know she has passed some 7 years ago. This just saddens me but her voice lifts my soul Rest well songbird

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Written by : Bob Marovich

Bob Marovich is a gospel music historian, author, and radio host. Founder of Journal of Gospel Music blog (formally The Black Gospel Blog) and producer of the Gospel Memories Radio Show.