Gospel singer Kevin Lemon of Kevin Lemons & Higher Calling has passed away on January 7, 2023. At the time of press, the cause of his death has yet to be announced. He was 44 years-old.
His team announces, "It is with great sadness that we announce the transition of our Founder - Kevin Lemons. Please keep his wife Tiunna, Family and Higher Calling lifted in prayer as we all process this sudden loss. Thank you all for the outpouring of love already shown. We are so appreciative and grateful for each of you!
Kevin Lemons & Higher Calling was founded when Kevin and a group of young singers came together for a special music event created by Kevin's father, Wilbert Lemons. Kevin's father was the director of the historic Atlanta Masonic Choir, which was founded by Kevin's grandmother Annie Ruth Lemons. The group enjoyed singing together so much that they decided to stay together. Today, Kevin Lemons & Higher Calling is a 100-member ensemble with 50 Atlanta-based singers and 50 additional singers from California, Virginia, the DMV area, New York, New Orleans, Texas, North Carolina, Florida and Alabama.
Over the past 25 years, Kevin Lemons & Higher Calling have taken their mesmerizing vocals and energetic performances to stages around the world. They have also recorded two albums: Their first album, Destined for Greatness, was released to critical acclaim; its title track caught the attention of choir maestro Ricky Dillard, who later recorded it with his ensemble New Generation. Their second album, The Declaration, peaked at #10 on Billboard's Gospel Albums Chart. Kevin Lemons & Higher Calling have become a staple in Gospel music, and have performed with Gospel greats including Kirk Franklin, Bebe Winans, Donald Lawrence and Hezekiah Walker.
"When I started this journey at 17 years old, I never imagined being here 25 years later. What started as just a one-time singing event with a few friends, turned into a family and a movement that continues to grow," says Lemons. "I'm grateful for every person that has taken this ride with Higher Calling over the last 25 years. I'm looking forward to God doing what he does best as we continue this journey!"