Gospel Music legend, Bishop Rance Allen, 71, has passed away. He was widely known for his high soaring vocals on hits like “I Belong To You,” and “Something About The Name Jesus,” as the lead vocalist for The Rance Allen Group.
He was also senior pastor of the New Bethel Church Of God In Christ in Toledo, Ohio, taking over the role in 1985.
In 2011, Bishop Allen was elevated to the office of Bishop in the Church of God in Christ for the Michigan Northwestern Harvest Jurisdiction.
His family will hold a private memorial, and a public ceremony will be held when COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted, according to a statement released by Bishop Robert G. Rudolph of the Church Of God In Christ.
“Bishop Allen’s unique vocal ministry was an indispensable sound within the Church Of God In Christ and Christendom,” the Bishop says in the statement. “His gift transcended the boundaries of musical genre as he remained a sought after personality called to perform on global venues.”
Bishop Allen was born in Monroe, Michigan and had 11 siblings.
Along with brothers Thomas and Steve, the family formed the Rance Allen Group in Detroit and dramatically changed the tune of gospel music by blending rock and soul into their songs.
That breakthrough move attracted a plethora of fans hearing their tracks on both Christian and secular radio stations. Even now, decades later, their admirers continue to grow as new generations join their elders in following the legendary trio.
In 2017, Rance Allen Group Marked as Milestone with their 25th Album with a statement from Rance saying "I hope to leave a legacy that really touches humanity. Not only that, but touches them with the word of God, to move towards God and to change a whole lot of people’s lives,”
He lives a great legacy behind indeed.
Our hearts and prayers are with Rance Allen’s family and friends during this time. May he continue to rest in the arms of our Lord.
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