Timothy Wright dies at the age of 61

April 24th, 2009 - 11:01 pm ICT by GD  

Rev. Timothy Wright died yesterday at Bronx Veterans Hospital at the age of 61. The Brooklyn-born Grammy-nominated gospel singer and composer was critically injured in a three-vehicle car accident in the summer of 2008. The accident had claimed the lives of his wife and grandson and put Wright on a respirator.

Timothy Wright was the pastor at Grace Tabernacle Christian Center Church of God in Christ, located in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn. He released more than a dozen gospel recordings, writing many of the songs. His latest album, “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus,” came out in 2007.

Wright’s 1994 record, Come Thou Almighty King, recorded with the New York Fellowship Mass Choir, cracked the Billboard Top 20 for gospel albums and grabbed a Grammy nod for best traditional soul gospel album. He was nominated again in that category in 1999 for Been There Done That, recorded with the B/J Mass Choir and featuring Myrna Summers. His best-known songs include “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus,” “Who’s on the Lord’s Side,” and “You Must Come In at the Door.”

Wright began playing piano for his local church at age 12 and also began composing at a young age. By his early 20s, he was music director at Brooklyn’s Washington Temple Church of God in Christ and began writing songs for fellow musicians like Mattie Moss Clark and the Rev. Isaac Douglas.

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