By Libra Boyd
Gospel Music Fever
GMF extends heartfelt condolences to the family, friends, and fans of Otis Clay. Remembrances flooded social media in the hours following the soulful multi-genre singer’s unexpected passing on Friday evening, January 8.
His cover of Thomas Dorsey’s “When the Gates Swing Open” became the definitive version for me as well as many traditional gospel music lovers.
Read Howard Reich’s article on Clay’s career and legacy here: Chicago Tribune | Chicago soul legend Otis Clay dead at 73
Libra Nicole Boyd, PhD is a musician, award-winning author, gospel music aficionado, and the founder and editor of Gospel Music Fever™. Her commitment to journalistic integrity includes bringing you reliable gospel music content that uplifts and advances the art form. Libra is presently working on several scholarly projects about gospel music in the media as well as gospel music in social movements.