Rev. Joe Williams informed the Journal of Gospel Music yesterday of the passing of Charles Johnson.

Johnson was a gospel quartet singer and recording artist who worked with the Sensational Nightingales and Gospel Consolators, and fronted his own group, Charles Johnson & the Revivers. Johnson died of a massive heart attack in Durham, North Carolina.

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  1. Jack Brown March 21, 2018 at 2:24 pm - Reply

    RIP Mr. Johnson. Your music and showmanship inspired me. Loved your voice! Jack Brown – The Gospel Trumpet.

  2. Dot.Bryant May 12, 2018 at 8:08 pm - Reply

    Charles Johnson and the Revivers were one of the greatest Southern Gospel groups in my life .Still love listening too their music.Started watching them when they got together .Would love too know what yr. They quit singing .

  3. Harold August 30, 2018 at 3:54 pm - Reply

    Loved his music,would like to know how to get his CD with ,my friend Jesus on it ,this song is a blessing to me,if anyone knows,please email me ,at bless the family

    • Bob Marovich August 30, 2018 at 4:13 pm - Reply

      Hello, try – they might have a collection of Gospel Consolators songs from the Peacock Records era. “My Friend Jesus” would be one of them. Good luck!

  4. Victor Parr March 15, 2019 at 5:34 pm - Reply

    I’m very Sorry for the death of Charles Johnson I just found out that he died in 2014 He was a great singer I got a chance to listen meet him shake his hand buy his tapes . He was singing at Falmouth, Kentucky one night what a voice and his group was awesome. I often wondered how he was doing I finally looked him up today and found out he met JESUS he will be missed by me and so many others thank you sir for your wonderful music ,my Condolences to the family. ??✝️?

    • Geneva Brawley December 29, 2020 at 7:24 am - Reply

      I sorry to read of his passing also. I just now been listening to their great group. Their music will lite the fire in you they worship in spirit n truth
      The whole band so good
      Rip Charles Johnson
      Do you know what happen to rest of band ? I like to hear the other man sing. He didn’t play no instrument but oh how he sing in the spirit n get get the Holy Ghost moving .. if you can give any information on the other two guys in their band. I don’t know their names
      Pleas let me know. I’d love to get some of their CD s n
      Pleas email me.
      Thank you n God bless all

    • Rachel April 13, 2023 at 10:49 am - Reply

      Does anyone know who wrote “Until Then” that they sang? Also does anyone know who holds the copyright for it? We need to know for CCLI purposes.

      • Bob Marovich April 13, 2023 at 6:36 pm - Reply

        The composer is Quinton Mills.

  5. Kathy Bates June 15, 2020 at 12:59 pm - Reply

    This is 2020 and we are stilling listening. What a gift these men were to gospel singing

    • Audrey Mason December 22, 2020 at 9:31 pm - Reply

      Still loving their songs and music.

  6. Linda Elmore March 25, 2021 at 8:18 pm - Reply

    Have to say that Charles Johnson and the Revivers were such a blessing and I listen to them on youtube most every day. God anointed them greatly. May they reap the blessings they have sown. I can’t wait to meet them in heaven.

  7. Naomi Pemberton July 13, 2021 at 8:24 pm - Reply

    Charles Johnson and the Revivers touched my very soul. Charles Johnson was anointed by the Holy Spirit to usher in the very presence of God. I will never forget him as long as I live. Today when I listen to him sing Holy City New Jerusalem, the Holy Spirit moves me to tears. There will be day when we will all be together and I will hear him sing a new song.

  8. Donald Ramsey October 7, 2021 at 4:08 pm - Reply

    Rest In Peace Mr. Charles Johnson! Your singing was lovely to hear and FEEL! Looking forward to hearing you praise God and our Savior Jesus Christ in the PROMISED LAND! Don Ramsey

  9. Mark Barnhart March 1, 2023 at 11:21 pm - Reply

    Loved the man’s music, and its message. It comes through clearly, Mr. Johnson believed the words he sang. One day in Heaven, he, as we, will join in singing a new song, one that the angels will not be able to sing, a song of redemption and of overcoming. I knew nothing of his personal life. I trust the Lord that he was surrounded by loving family as he escaped this earth’s bonds and transitioned to that better land above that awaits all who are called according to His name and for His purpose. Always, always, blessed be the name of the Lord! Hallelujah!

  10. Donald Handy May 13, 2023 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    What a blessing Charles Johnson was. His music with the Revivers is such a blessing to me. You are sorely missed. Will meet you on the other side of Jordon brother.

  11. Mandy Mirandy July 22, 2023 at 7:24 pm - Reply

    Oh but what huge message you had in song!!!! I still have some of his tapes. Looking forward to meeting him over in that Fairland !
    There was no one like him.

  12. Mandy Mirandy September 5, 2023 at 7:54 pm - Reply

    We really enjoyed his music. So spiritual!! I still have cassettes of his. RIP child of God. Prayers for your family.

  13. Joy Thompson Benton November 2, 2023 at 8:35 am - Reply

    This group had a great impact on then a little 9 yr old girl in a small town called Morganton NC.I am 48 now and still pull it up and listen. It takes my soul back to a different day and reminds me of being “sealed” when the enemy tries to dim our view. I never met any members but Charles Johnson’s voice still brings instant joy, and reminders of what really counts at the end of the day. What a blessing, and his voice for the gospel is STILL having an impact today.

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