Grammy-nominated gospel singer and composer The Rev. Timothy Wright has passed away at age 61.
Timothy’s music agent, Will Bogle, said he died Thursday at hospital in New York City, according to The Associated Press.
His last album, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, was released in 2007. That was just the latest of more than a dozen albums that Timothy put out during his illustrious career. He was known for his upbeat gospel songs backed by the huge sound of a mass choir.
The title track for Jesus, Jesus, Jesus was written by Tim and his wife. It describes the journey of a woman displaced by Hurrican Katrina who encourages herself, and others, by calling out Jesus’ name.
His 1994 release, Come Thou Almighty King, made Billboard’s Top 20 chart for gospel albums, and it was nominated for a Grammy. He was nominated again in 1999 for Been There Done That, which featured Myrna Summers.
Timothy was also the pastor at the Grace Tabernacle Christian Center Church of God in Christ in Brooklyn, New York.
Last year, Timothy was seriously injured in a car crash that killed his wife and grandson. They had been coming home from a Church of God in Christ Conference in Detroit when their car was hit by another vehicle driving the wrong way.
— Sonya Eskridge