Grammy-nominated gospel artist Troy Sneed has died of complications from COVID-19. He was 52. His publicist Bill Carpenter said the singer died early Monday (April 27) morning at a hospital in Jacksonville, Florida.
“Troy was like a brother to me,” Mike Chandler, chief executive officer of Rejoice! Musical Soul Food radio network, said in a statement. “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.”
“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 continued. “The world is going to miss him.”
The singer was best known for his radio hits “My Heart Says Yes” and “Worked It Out,” which both peaked at No. 2 on Billboard’s gospel songs chart.
After graduating from high school, Sneed became a student at Florida A&M University. He joined the school’s choir and became very engaged in gospel music.
Once he graduated, he taught at an elementary school until he was offered a position as Georgia Mass Choir’s Assistant Minister of Music. Sneed performed and arranged music for their album and appeared with the choir in The Preacher’s Wife.
He helped create Youth for Christ, which comprised of members from the Georgia Mass Choir who were between the ages of 12 and 18. Their 1999 album Higher earned Sneed a Grammy award nomination.
That same year, he released his debut gospel album Call Jesus. In 2007, he earned his first Billboard solo top 10 hit with the song “Hallelujah.”
Sneed is survived by his wife of 27 years and their four children. The REVOLT team would like to send our thoughts and prayers to Sneed’s family and friends. RIP.