Gospel Artist Shawn McLemore Dies at the Age of 54

In Summary

The beloved gospel singer and songwriter is known for his soothing tone and encouraging voice. McLemore’s 1997 debut album catapulted him as a gospel staple. 

Shawn McLemore had a true anointing in his voice. If he could see it, he could sing it. If he felt it, he could sing it. If McLemore had testimony in his songs, it touched the hearts of everyone. 

McLemore, 54, passed away on Saturday after a long battle with diabetes

The late singer led the gospel group New Image, which debuted as a Billboard hit with their album Wait on Him. McLemore released other albums, such as One Percent Miracle: Any Minute Now

He also made an appearance in one of Tyler Perry’s plays, If Loving You Is Wrong

One of his many songs that uplifted spirits was a track he was featured on with Zacardi Cortez and James Fortune, titled “I Believe.” 

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“I believe the storm will soon be over,” the opening of the song goes. “I believe the rain will go away. I believe that I can make it through.” 

In the midst of struggle, knowing and believing you can make it through is the beginning of the fight, and that fight gave many of his fans and peers the strength to sing songs of his praise after his passing. 

Related: Celebrating the Impact of Gospel: Jonathan McReynolds and Doe Jones 

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