Grammy-nominated gospel singer Troy Sneed dies after coronavirus battle aged 52

Troy Sneed, a Grammy-nominated gospel singer, has died following coronavirus complications at the age of 52.

His publicist, Bill Carter, confirmed the singer died on Monday at a hospital in Jacksonville, Florida.

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His friend, radio personality KD Bowe shared a tribute to Sneed, as he posted a photo of the pair on social media.

He wrote: ‘I don’t know how to make sense of this.

‘I’m not ok, man. Covid19 sucks. Will y’all please pray for Emily & the kids? Please?

‘RIH, King. Or walk around it … all day. #RIPTroySneed.’

The star released his first album, Call Jesus, in 1999, following it up with another six – while his last, All Is Well was released in 2012.

Over his career as a solo artist, Sneed had several hit songs within the gospel realm including Work It Out and My Heart Says Yes, which both peaked at number two on Billboard’s gospel chart. He’s also known for the upbeat Hallelujah.

Sneed earned a Grammy nomination in 2000 for his work on the Youth For Christ’s 1999 album Higher, after travelling throughout the United States early in his career to sing the gospel with the Georgia Mass Choir.

He arranged music on their albums and appeared with the choir in 1996 film The Preacher’s Wife, starring Whitney Houston and Denzel Washington.

Sneed helped form Youth For Christ, which was comprised of members between the ages of 12 and 18 from the Georgia Mass Choir and served as a producer on Youth For Christ’s The Struggle Is Over, which landed at number one on Billboard’s gospel songs chart in 2006.

Behind-the-scenes, Sneed and his wife, Emily, started their own record label Emtro, which is a blend of their first names.

Their label became a success with a roster of artists from Alvin Darling & Celebration and Rev. Rudolph McKissick.

The singer is survived by his wife, Emily, who he married in 1993, and their four children Troy Jr., Evany, Trey and Tyler.

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