John P. Kee

A religious calling turned John P. Kee from a seedy lifestyle to a career as a top-ranked gospel performer, producer, and pastor of the New Life Fellowship Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. In a 1996 interview he explained, "God delivered me in Charlotte's inner city from a life that mirrors the ills that we still face today." Inspired by the work of the Reverend Dr. James Cleveland, he quickly came into his own with his studio recordings. His releases through the 2010s, whether issued as a solo artist or featuring his New Life Community Choir, made him among the most popular contemporary gospel artists of the late 20th century and early 21st century. They regularly peaked near or at the top of Billboard's gospel chart.