By Libra Boyd
Gospel Music Fever
Last updated March 22, 2016 at 10:01 PM
The music industry mourns the passing of gospel vocalist extraordinaire, Daryl Coley, who made his earthly transition Tuesday night, March 15, after several years of health challenges. He was 60 years old. You can read more about Coley’s career and passing from the DC Gospel Music Examiner’s Sarah Hearn here.
Many considered Coley’s vocal artistry to be unparalleled. Erica Campbell, Micah Stampley, Ted Winn, DeWayne Woods, and Anita Wilson are just a handful who name him among their influences.
Homegoing information as released by the family is as follows:
Once the news of Coley’s passing was confirmed last week, after the earlier circulation of false reports, industry contemporaries and protégés flooded social media with remembrances.
Please join GMF in continuing to pray for the family of one of the great voices of our time.
— Ruben Studdard (@RubenStuddard) March 16, 2016
One of the greatest vocalists ever! He will be missed. Praying for his family. #DarylColeyhttps://t.co/5QSGkq7vvp
— Smokie Norful (@smokienorful) March 16, 2016
We’ve lost one of the greatest men to ever sing #Gospel Music: #DarylColey! Please keep his family in your prayers! https://t.co/7sVmalKNve
— Kurt Carr (@TheKurtCarr) March 16, 2016
Daryl Coley R.I.P. THIS HERE IS GOSPEL ROYALTY!!!!! Always kind, always loving, always kissing on me when he saw me to tell me how much he loved me. He was the first to give me an interview on my little talk show on the Word Network. Told me he was proud of me. And I haven’t begun to speak of his singing ability that’s just his character!!! THE MOST AMAZING JAZZ-GOSPEL TENOR WITH RIFFS FO’DAYS! INCREDIBLE RANGE WITH VOCAL AGILITY AND CONTROL! My favorite song is “I need your Spirit.” Wait a minute, no, “When Sunday Comes”– love u for real Man of God!
When I was younger, he was who I listened to. I remember when my dad first put his tape in. His tone..the heart behind his songs..his signature runs. He captivated me. So..I tried to be like him. I sung all of his songs: from “When Sunday Comes”..to “I can’t tell it all”..from “when the music stops” to “Sovereign”..from “To live is Christ” to “God and God alone”. Every Singer was trying to be Daryl Coley. A once in a lifetime voice. I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to meet him and have him speak into my life as a kid. He laid hands on me and prayed for me with my dad looking on. He said that God had a big plan for my life..I’ll never forget that. Ever.. #darylcoley
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.