Remembering Daryl Coley

Remembering Daryl Coley

Gospel giant and Minister Daryl Coley has died. According to reports, Coley passed away on Tuesday night while receiving hospice care. Over the course of his career, he made major contributions to gospel music. The Grammy-nominated, Stellar winning musician was best known for songs like “Jesus Saves,” “To Live Is Christ,” “He’s Preparing Me,” and “When Sunday Comes.” Prior to getting involved in the music industry, he founded the Love Fellowship Tabernacle in Los Angeles.


In 2014, BMI celebrated Coley along with Richard Smallwood and had this to say about the crooner. “Coley’s voice is an inimitable instrument which fuses musical genres into a unique and mellifluous sound.”  His multi-decade career began as a singer with Edwin Hawkins, which led to being a songwriter and musical director for Lady Tramaine Hawkins.  Lead vocal appearances on recordings for James Cleveland’s Gospel Music Workshop of American resulted in Coley’s solo debut, Just Daryl.


Coley recorded a landmark collection of more than 100 studio performances and worked with some of the music industry’s legends, including Stevie Wonder, Nancy Wilson and Philip Bailey.  Most recently, he received a Doctorate of Sacred Music from the Ray of Hope Theological Seminary and Bible College International School of Divinity.


March 18th, 2016

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