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By Libra Boyd
Gospel Music Fever
The gospel music community is mourning the passing of recording artist and producer Troy Sneed, from COVID-19 complications. Sneed died Monday in a Jacksonville, FL hospital. He was 52 years old.
Sneed was a member of the Georgia Mass Choir twelve years and held various roles as a musician, director, writer, and producer during his tenure. As a solo artist, he recorded a string of albums including A State of Worship (2005), which was his first release on his and his wife Emily’s Emtro Gospel label. His offerings, My Heart Says Yes (2011) and All Is Well (2012), both sat high on the Billboard Gospel Albums chart.
Sneed is being remembered as a wonderful person, friend, and family man.
Pastor Alvin Darling, who credits Sneed with helping to revive his music career, told me, “[Troy] was a great friend, great husband, great father, [and] dynamic singer and producer and songwriter. We worked and traveled together doing concerts, and on the lighter side, he was a real jokester and prankster, but he loved the Lord.”
GMF extends heartfelt condolences to his dear wife Emily, his beautiful children, and the entire family. Our prayers are with you.
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.