By Bob Marovich
JGM learned that choir director Alonzo Atkins passed away.
Atkins had a longstanding tenure working with the Reverend James Cleveland. He directed the Voices of Tabernacle of Detroit, Michigan, after Cleveland relocated to Los Angeles. When Cleveland opened his Cornerstone Baptist Church in Los Angeles, he summoned Atkins to be the church’s minister of music. Atkins also worked with the Southern California Community Choir, also under the leadership of Rev. James Cleveland. Atkins helped with the music at Cleveland’s funeral.
In 2001, Atkins began directing Pastor John P. Kee’s New Life Fellowship Choir.
Many will also remember Atkins from his big screen debut as the choir director behind James Brown in the 1980 film, The Blues Brothers.
More information will be forthcoming as more becomes available. Meanwhile, we extend our most heartfelt condolences to the family, friends, and fans of Alonzo Atkins.