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Kenny Taylor

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TBR — Washington, DC. (May 30, 2017) — The Gospel Music Industry is feeling a huge loss following the passing of Kenny Taylor “Mr. Gospel”. Based out of Washington, D.C., Kenny was a man who loved God. He was also the one person in the industry that you could count on to be everywhere, for everybody any day of the week. His roots in the music industry ran deep. From Images of Unity, Air Records, Music Advocate for Gospel Music Heritage Month to being a Record Executive, Manager for Eric Waddell & The Abundant Life Singers, Consultant to many behind the scenes and the connection for many to countless opportunities and opened doors where it was often impossible for most, Kenny was the man.

Kenny was the CEO of Teemade Productions, Inc., where he provided full services in Promotions, Retail & Street promotions. He focused on brand development. He also worked as a tour manager, booking manager, event promoter, in radio promotions and as a respected musician in his church.

Kenny Taylor

Ernest Pugh, Dottie Peoples, Tammy Taylor, Mike Chandler, April Chandler and Kenny Taylor Source: The Belle Report / Kenny Taylor

Under his company’s name he also put together some of the largest Monday night musicals and Gospel concerts for the Gospel Music Workshop of America – Gospel Announcers Guild (GMWA –GAG). The beneficiaries of these concerts were not only those who attended the annual event but the Independent artists as well as national talent. As a result his popular concerts became an annual event during the annual GMWA – GAG Summer conventions. This annual event received the initial blessing from then Gospel Announcers Guild Chairman Al “The Bishop” Hobbs.

Kenny was known for delivering a long list of twenty or more performers with additional names often added only hours before show time. Sheilah Belle “The Belle” who has hosted his late night concerts for the past eight years during the GMWA-GAG says, “Kenny was simply amazing. Whatever city we were in, he always found a way to conceptualize the cities theme in decorations. From beach balls to the Mardi Gras in New Orleans to the Peach Tree theme in Atlanta, GA to filling up a large ballroom in Nashville, TN with a simply festive setting, Kenny would always go all the way out, handing out gift bags to everyone who attended. Sometimes before his late night concerts, he would hand me a long list of performers names as he walked from back stage to the front door to confirm everyone listed was present and accounted for. Sometimes he had me cracking up as we figured out ways to juggle the list to keep everyone happy on who would perform next. Those concerts usually ended up lasting late in the early morning hours, but he created rich memories for everyone involved.”

After the passing of Al “The Bishop” Hobbs, Kenny continued a strong working relationship, with the new Gospel Announcers Guild (GAG) Chair, Dennis Cole. It was in 2016, when the GAG name officially changed to The Alliance. With that transition, there were many changes, however Kenny and his Teemade Productions, Inc., remained on the books with a 2017 concert also in the works.

Cole said, “It was easy to work with Kenny because I trusted him. He worked with everyone and had a big heart. Sometimes when we would reach our cut off number, here comes Kenny saying, ‘I’ve got one more group I need to add on.”

Kenny Taylor

Source: Kenny Taylor / Dottie Peoples with Kenny Taylor at the Stellar Awards

Kenny Taylor

Chris Squire, The Belle, Kenny Taylor and Juandolyn Stokes (2nd row) Catherine Dorsey, Judy Neal and Willie McClendon during 2016 Las Vegas Board meeting Source: The Belle Report / Kenny Taylor

Simply…Kenny Taylor was loved by many from the music industry, his church family, his inner circle, family and friends and those who even knew him from afar.

Kenny studied at Florida A & M University, and attended Coolidge Senior High School in Washington, D.C. He resided in Atlanta GA before putting permanent footing in Washington, D.C., where he had just completed the renovations on his home.

May we keep the family of Kenny Taylor and those close to him in prayer. He was truly one of the good guys and will be greatly missed!

Courtesy of www.thebellereport.com

 

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