By Robert M. Marovich

The Journal of Gospel Music is saddened to learn of the transition of Mississippi-born gospel singer Ms. C. Ashley Brown-Lawrence. She passed away suddenly on July 5, 2023.  She was the wife of Regi C. Lawrence and daughter of Bishop John Eric Brown and Lady Carmen Brown.

She and I met at the Rhythm of Gospel Awards some years ago. Her song, “I’ve Got the Victory,” was named Contemporary Song Of The Year. I was eager to meet her in person and, it turned out, she was just as eager to meet me.

Here are some links to past JGM reviews that feature C. Ashley as vocalist:

“Heal Our Land” – Oscar Williams & the Band of Life

“God Is Doing It” – Ernest Billups & Tribe of Levi

“The Race” – Benjamin Cone III & WORSHIP

She was a delightful and genuine person, a wonderful singer, and the gospel music community will miss her something awful.



  1. La Rita Jones- Shepherd a.k.a La -La April 10, 2024 at 8:56 am - Reply

    Although I am not familiar with this BEAUTIFUL young lady, I am sending my GENUINE SYMPATHIES to the family!

    This story got my eye because I grow up at the Greater Harvest Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago and back in the 80’s we would sing the song “Stretch out”lead by sis Debra Brown R.I.P & when I saw Ashley performing it on YouTube I was IMPRESSED!

    I, too had to return a child! My ONLY “ SUN” Sha’Quille Jayon Shepherd passed from a peanut allergy 7-10-1991 to 1-31-2020!

    May the both of our babies REST and ABIDE FOREVER MORE IN PARADISE!

    2 b ABSENT from the body is 2 b PRESENT with THE LORD!!!🕊️🙏🏾✅👍🏾🆙🤲🏿🆗😢🫶🏾🌹

    • Bob Marovich April 13, 2024 at 1:52 pm - Reply

      Thank you for your very kind words and please accept our sympathies on the loss of your child. Parents should never have to bury their own children :(

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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.