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At times it can be hard to find the words to describe Pastor John Prince Kee. He is one of gospel's greatest artists. However, this does not convey the capacity nor the power of the ministry or music with which God has equipped him, to impart to countless thousands of individuals.
Pastor Kee, 15th out of 16 children, was born and raised in Durham, North Carolina. Music and attending church highlighted the family's weekly activities. John exhibited extraordinary vocal and instrumental talent at an early age. An excellent student, school officials
placed John in a special school for the musically gifted children, and he started his musical career at the early age of 14.
John P. Kee moved to Northern California where he studied with brothers Al and Wayne and became a young gifted musician. While living in Northern California he had a chance to meet and play with some of jazz notable greats. In his late teens, John drifted into a street lifestyle that brought him to Charlotte, North Carolina. Once in Charlotte, he moved to the Double Oaks Community and began a life of corruption.
Material possessions no longer offered John any consolation, and the senseless violence that encompassed him became insufferable. So, by his early 20's, his life was turning around. Giving his life to the Lord at a revival meeting at PTL in Charlotte, John P. Kee returned to the Church. He became very active in church, and in the mid 80's he started a community choir. This choir, which eventually evolved into the New Life Community Choir achieved rapid success. Albums titled "Wash Me",
and "We Walk By Faith" carried him into the late 80's with a bang.
In early 1995, John P. Kee released his gold award winning "Show Up"
CD, which merely increased his popularity in the music industry. During this time, Pastor Kee was also realizing his call to minister and pastor the New Life Fellowship Church. In early 1995, Bishop Norman Wagner prophesied to Pastor Kee, "Build It and I'll Come." "It was on that night that I knew to go forward and build a Fellowship Center, to teach and preach the uncompromising Word of God," states Pastor Kee.
"So built we the wall..., for the people had a mind to work." These sentiments of Nehemiah can still be heard echoing in our present Christian society. Pastor Kee expressed, "In my travels throughout the country, ministering to millions, God has shown me a real need that exists in our inner cities. The Lord has given me the vision to build a Christian-focused facility in the 'New Life Fellowship Center.' This facility will house programs and launch job opportunities for young people, in order that it might be fruitful to the community. This center will lead in the effort to improve inner city streets and neighborhoods.
God delivered me in the inner city from a life that mirrors the ills that we still face today. My heart's desire is to build the center
in the same area where I once was used as a tool for the devil. I am thankful that the Lord has blessed me with the land in that neighborhood, and the Temple Shall Go Up."
John P. Kee, since 1995, has been pastoring the New Life Fellowship Center full-time. The Fellowship Center is growing rapidly, with ministries that extend into the community. These ministries include after-school tutoring, food for the hungry, Adopt-A-Family, and shelter for the homeless and the elderly. "There is so much hurting and suffering in the world," says Pastor Kee, "that the only way not to be overwhelmed by it, is to know that you are doing something about it."
Awards and Nominations include --
2002 - Stellar Award nomination,
MIGHTY IN THE SPIRIT, Producer of the Year
2001 - Grammy Nomination for Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album, NOT GUILTY... THE EXPERIENCE
2001 - NOT GUILTY... THE EXPERIENCE, gold album sales
1999 - Grammy Nomination for Best Gospel Album by a choir or chorus, STRENGTH
1999 - 7 Stellar Award nominations, STRENGTH
1997 - SHOW UP, gold album sales
1996 - SHOW UP, gold video sales
1996 - Grammy Nomination for Best Gospel Album by a choir or chorus, SHOW UP!
1996 - SHOW UP, Soul Train Music Award, Album of the Year
1996 - 5 Stellar Awards for Best Male Vocalist Contemporary, Album of the Year,
Music Video of the Year, Choir of the Year Contemporary, and Producer of the Year
1995 - Diamond Ward for Excellence from the International Association of African-American Music (IAAM) SHOW UP!
1995 - GMWA Excellence Award for Producer of the Year, SHOW UP!
1995 - GMWA Excellence Award for Album of the Year, SHOW UP!
1994 - Stellar Award for Best Solo Performance Male Contemporary
1994 - GMWA Excellence Award for Best Male Artist and Best Producer, COLORBLIND
1994 - Dove Nomination or Contemporary Gospel Recorded Song of the Year, COLORBLIND, "It Could Have Been Me"
1994 - Inside Gospel Award for Best Male Artist, COLORBLIND
1993 - Stellar Award for Best Traditional Album, LILY OF THE VALLEY
1993 - Dove Nomination for Traditional Album, LILY OF THE VALLEY
1992 - Billboard Music Award for #1 Gospel Album, WE WALK BY FAITH
1992 - Billboard Music Award for #1 Gospel Artist, WE WALK BY FAITH
1992 - 4 GMWA Excellence Awards: Contemporary Male Vocalist of the Year, Contemporary Choir of the Year, Best Contemporary Album of the Year and Producer of the Year, WE WALK BY FAITH
1992 - Stellar Award for best Music Video WE WALK BY FAITH
1992 - GMWA Excellence Award for Best Video Concert, WE WALK BY FAITH
1992 - GMWA Excellence Award for Best New Urban Contemporary Female Group, SURRENDER
Notable songs include -- .
It's Time to Praise the Lord
I Do Worship
Bring It to Jesus
Made up Mind
He'll Welcome Me
John P. Kee may be available for your next special event!
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