Troy Sneed, a Grammy-nominated gospel singer and producer, has passed away at age 52 from coronavirus complications.
Per The Associated Press, the musician’s publicist said Sneed died early Monday at a hospital in Jacksonville, Florida.
Mike Chandler, chief executive officer of urban inspirational radio network Rejoice! Musical Soul Food, says Sneed “was like a brother to me.”
“He was a businessman. He was a husband; he was a father. He was an industry leader, so it’s not just my loss, it’s a loss to the whole industry,” Chandler said in a statement.
“He was one of the most talented men in our industry, but more importantly, Troy was a good person and he did a lot of good work,” Chandler added. “The world is going to miss him.”
While a student at Florida A&M University, Sneed became active in the school’s choir after a field injury ended his football career.
After graduation, Sneed became a teacher at Jacksonville’s Beach Elementary School until Savoy Records executive Rev. Milton Biggham asked him to join the Georgia Mass Choir as their assistant minister of music.
In 1996, Sneed appeared alongside the choir in the film “The Preacher’s Wife,” starring Whitney Houston and Denzel Washington.
He later helped form Youth for Christ, comprising singers between the ages of 12 and 18 from the Georgia Mass Choir.
In 1999, his work on Youth for Christ’s album “Higher” earned him a Grammy nomination.
As a solo artist, Sneed is known for songs such as 2008’s “Work It Out” and 2011’s “My Heart Says Yes” — both of which peaked at No. 2 on Billboard’s Hot Gospel Songs chart.
He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Emily, and their four children, Troy Jr., Evany, Trey, and Tyler.
Our condolences go out to his family for their tragic loss.