Calvin Hunt Passes Away

Calvin Hunt, legendary gospel singer, and former member of The Christ Tabernacle Choir and Brooklyn Tabernacle Singers, passed away on December 26th, 2009 in a hospital in Queens, New York. He was 52.

From Cross Rhythms announcement:

Hunt grew up in Queens, one of eight children. He worked in a pizzeria before forming his own band but when the group disbanded he became addicted to crack cocaine. After four years Calvin’s daughter took home a flyer for a movie entitled Cry For Freedom, about young people hooked on crack, and after seeing the film he gave his life to Christ. It took another year before Hunt fully surrendered to God and went into a drug rehabilitation program.

Hunt went into full time ministry and began recording albums, including Mercy Saw Me (1996), Not I But Christ (1998) and Power In The Name Of The Lord (2001). With the Brooklyn Tabernacle Singers he received a Grammy and a Dove Award and appeared on radio and television shows like Good Morning America, Good Morning New York and 700 Club. His latest solo album on Vine Records, Bridges, earned him two 2008 Dove Award nominations for Contemporary Gospel Recording and Contemporary Gospel Song, “Come On”.

Over the years Hunt played every kind of gig, including concerts, coffee houses, homeless shelters, schools and prisons.