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Gospel Great Rance Allen Dies at Age 71

World-renowned gospel singer and minister Bishop Rance Allen has died at age 71.

Allen, known for the gospel hit, “Something About the Name of Jesus,” died Oct. 31 while recovering from a medical procedure at a hospital in Sylvania, Ohio, according to a joint statement posted on Facebook by his wife of 49 years and his manager.

Another statement issued on behalf of the Allen family stated, “God, who is omnipotent and omniscient, has summoned His Servant, Bishop Rance Lee Allen, to eternal rest.”

Allen, affectionately known as the “Father of Contemporary Gospel Music,” used his unique vocal abilities toward ministry within the Church of God in Christ and Christendom. His gift transcended the boundaries of musical genre as he remained a sought-after personality called to perform on various global venues.”

A longtime resident of Toledo, Allen, along with his brothers Tom and Steve, formed The Rance Allen Group in 1969, according to the group’s website. He had most recently served as bishop for the Church of God in Christ in the Michigan Northwestern Harvest Jurisdiction.

While the Allens had been inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 1998, Rance would also garner a Grammy nomination in 2009 for best gospel performance for “I Understand.”

In 2015, he performed at the White House with President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama in attendance.

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