Tag Archives: Alonzo Atkins

RIP: Gospel’s Arthur Freeman of Isaac Douglas Singers, New York Community Choir, Revelation

JGM friend Tim Dillinger-Curenton wrote this wonderful remembrance of Arthur Freeman, who transitioned to glory on May 7, 2020. I am saddened to share the passing of one of gospel music’s originals, Arthur Freeman. Arthur’s work in gospel began as a member of Bishop William Morris O’Neil’s Christian Tabernacle in Harlem. He joined Christian Tabernacle as a teenager and was a featured soloist in the choir, which would be directed by other young, budding talents including Alonzo Atkins (later of James Cleveland’s Southern California Community Choir) and Bennie Diggs. Freeman, Diggs, Wilbur Johnson and John Hason (all of Christian Tabernacle) ...

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RIP Alonzo Atkins, Choir Director, Worked with Rev. James Cleveland

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 ...

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