Calvin Hunt (singer)
|Born||July 1st 1957
Queens, New York City, USA
|Origin||Queens, New York City, USA|
|Died||December 26, 2009(aged 52)|
|Genres||Contemporary Christian, gospel|
|Associated acts||Christ Tabernacle Choir
Brooklyn Tabernacle Singers
Calvin Hunt (1957 - December 26, 2009) was an American Christian singer.
Hunt was one of eight children. Hunt knew the struggle of growing up as a child of an alcoholic mother who later became born again. Hunt began singing at age 5. Hunt started working at the age of 12. He worked at an Italian pizzeria in Queens, New York for four years to help out his mother. At age 16 Hunt worked construction, moved out on his own, and started a band as a lead singer. Hunt married his wife Miriam on April 14, 1984 after returning from the US army. Miriam had two children from her previous marriage, Monique and Freddy. Later Hunt fathered Mia and Calvin Jr.
When Hunt's group fell through he continued writing and singing for friends and family, doing block parties, etc. Hunt later became addicted to crack cocaine. Eventually, with the prayer of his wife and children and his Church, Christ Tabernacle, Hunt rehabilitated and became a full-time minister. Hunt used his gift in the Christ Tabernacle Choir and the Brooklyn Tabernacle Singers, with whom he won a Grammy and a Dove Award.
Hunt Recorded 4 of 5 Albums 1 unreleased. Released Albums years 1998 - 2007.
In 2005, Hunt's oldest daughter Monique was murdered by Robert Garcia in front of her two sons Ian & Justin. Hunt and his wife continued raising the three children Keith, Ian & Justin. Hunt was also diagnosed with lung cancer but he continued to perform. His 2008 album, Bridges, was nominated for a Dove Award for Contemporary Gospel Album of the Year, with the song "Come On" being nominated for Contemporary Gospel Recorded Song of the Year.
Hunt has been on radio and television shows like Good Morning America, Good Morning New York and 700 Club, TBN, Hunt has played every kind of gig, concerts, coffee houses, homeless shelters, schools, prisons. Hunt's love for Christ brought him to many states a few counties. His passion was to share Jesus with everyone who would hear him.
- Not I But Christ (1998)
- Mercy Saw Me (2001)
- Power In The Name of the Lord (2001)
- Bridges (2007)
- Calvin Hunt: New York gospel man, a child of mercy on Cross Rhythms (May 17, 2004)
- Calvin Hunt has been promoted on Damaris Carbaugh Official Website; R. Carbaugh (December 26, 2009)
- Nominations Announced for 39th GMA Dove Awards on CBN.com
- Gospel artist Calvin Hunt passes away on BeliefNet.com (January 2, 2010)