John P. Kee

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John P. Kee
Birth name John Prince Kee
Born (1962-06-04) June 4, 1962 (age 54)
Origin Durham, North Carolina, US
Genres Gospel, Praise & Worship
Occupation(s) Vocalist/Singer, Songwriter Pastor
Instruments Vocals, keyboards, guitar, drums
Labels Tyscot (1987-1993)
Verity (1994-Present)
Associated acts The New Life Community Choir
The Victory in Praise Music and Arts Seminar Mass Choir
Vanessa Bell Armstrong
Fred Hammond
Montrell Darrett
Men Of Standard
Hezekiah Walker
Donald Lawrence
LeJuene Thompson
Isaac Carree
Website www.johnpkee.com

John P. Kee (born John Prince Kee on June 4, 1962) is an American gospel singer and pastor.

Early life[edit]

John P. Kee was born the 15th of 16 children in Durham, North Carolina. At an early age he began to develop his musical talent both instrumentally and vocally. He attended the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem and at 14, he and his brothers Wayne and Al moved to California where he began attending the Yuba College Conservatory School of Music in Marysville, California. During this time, he began playing with various groups such as Cameo and Donald Byrd and the Blackbyrds. After having a hard time adjusting in California, he left and moved to Charlotte, North Carolina only to find himself living in a part of the city known for its violence and drug activities. After watching one of his friends being murdered in a drug deal gone bad, he rededicated his life back to God during a visitation to a revival meeting.

Ministry[edit]

Kee says that it was during a trip to Michigan with his choir that he received a calling from God to be a preacher. Kee was in his mid-twenties when he became an ordained minister. In 1995, while ministering in Ohio, he received a prophetic vision and went forward with the building of a Fellowship Center in Charlotte which could minister to the people in the community. He officially founded the New Life Fellowship Center where he became and remains the senior pastor. The church is located in the same area where he had once led a life of crime and drugs.

Musical career[edit]

In the mid-1980s, Kee formed a community choir in Charlotte known as the New Life Community Choir or "NLCC." Over time the choir grew in popularity and has continued to travel throughout the area. The choir also includes Kee's own children.

In 1990, Kee founded the Victory in Praise Music and Arts Seminar Mass Choir, or "V.I.P." in order to fellowship with various ministries, songwriters, musicians and choir directors from all over the country.

Kee has been active for more than 20 years in the music field. He is primarily known for mixing traditional gospel with modern contemporary gospel and for having a soulful husky voice. In 2007, Kee was inducted into the Christian Music Hall of Fame.[1]

Kee is also known as "The Prince of Gospel Music".

Personal life[edit]

In December 1995, Kee married Felice Sampson, and they are the parents of nine children. His son, Christopher Kee, was recently selected to join Sean P. Diddy Combs' live band as a drummer for his upcoming tour for the "Last Train to Paris".

Kee's Personal Discography[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions
US
[2]
US
Gospel

[3]
US
Heat

[4]
US
R&B/HH

[5]
Yes Lord
  • Released: 1987
  • Label: Tyscot
  • Format: LP, Cassette, Digital
Just Me This Time
  • Released: August 30, 1990
  • Label: Tyscot
  • Format: CD, LP, Cassette, Digital
12
Colorblind
  • Released: April 26, 1994
  • Label: Verity
  • Format: CD, Cassette, Digital
4
The Color of Music
  • Released: August 10, 2004
  • Label: Verity
  • Format: CD, Digital
3 37 56
The Legacy Project
  • Released: January 18, 2011
  • Label: Verity
  • Format: CD, Digital
123 2
Level Next
  • Released: September 25, 2015
  • Label: Kee, Motown Gospel
  • Format: CD, Digital
4
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart

Kee's Choir Discography[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions
US
[2]
US
Gospel

[3]
US
Heat

[4]
Wait on Him
(The New Life Community Choir)
  • Released: 1989
  • Label: Jive
  • Format: CD, LP, Cassette, Digital
There is Hope
( John P. Kee & Friends)
  • Released: 1990
  • Label:
  • Format: CD, LP, Cassette, Digital
11
Wash Me
(New Life Community Choir)
  • Released: May 7, 1991
  • Label: Jive
  • Format: CD, LP, Cassette, Digital
2
Never Shall Forget
(Victory in Praise Choir)
  • Released: 1991
  • Label: Jive
  • Format: CD, Cassette, Digital
We Walk By Faith
(feat. New Life Community Choir)
  • Released: 1992
  • Label: Verity
  • Format: CD, Cassette, Digital
Lily in the Valley
(Victory in Praise Choir)
  • Released: 1993
  • Label:
  • Format: CD, Digital
Show Up!
(The New Life Community Choir)
  • Released: January 24, 1995
  • Label: Jive
  • Format: CD, Cassette, Digital
Stand
(Victory in Praise Choir)
  • Released: ebruary 27, 1996
  • Label: Jive
  • Format: CD, Digital
A Special Christmas Gift
(feat. New Life Community Choir)
  • Released: September 13, 1996
  • Label: Jive
  • Format: CD, Digital
Strength
(The New Life Community Choir)
  • Released: October 28, 1997
  • Label: Verity
  • Format: CD, VHS, DVD, Cassette, Digital
107 2
Not Guilty: The Experience
(feat. New Life Community Choir)
  • Released: October 13, 1998
  • Label: Verity
  • Format: CD, VHS, DVD
Any Day
(Victory in Praise Choir)
  • Released: October 13, 1998
  • Label: Verity
  • Format: CD, Cassette, Digital
Mighty in the Spirit
(Victory in Praise Choir)
  • Released: October 5, 2001
  • Label: Verity
  • Format: CD, Cassette, Digital
Blessed By Association
(feat. New Life Community Choir)
  • Released: November 12, 2002
  • Label: Verity
  • Format: CD, Digital
Live at the Fellowship
(Victory in Praise Choir)
  • Released: May 3, 2005
  • Label: Verity
  • Format: CD
24
The Reunion
(The New Life Community Choir)
  • Released: December 6, 2005
  • Label: Verity
  • Format: LP, Digital
10 27
Nothing But Worship
(The New Life Community Choir)
  • Released: September 4, 2007
  • Label: Verity
  • Format: CD, Digital
3
Live In Miami
(feat. Victory in Praise Choir)
  • Released: September 2, 2008
  • Label: Verity
  • Format: CD, Digital
Life and Favour
(feat. New Life Community Choir)
  • Released: August 28, 2012
  • Label: Kee Music Group
  • Format: CD, Digital, Stream
32
Life and Favour: Deluxe Edition
(Includes John P. Kee's Book "Life and Favour: The Manual")
  • Released: 2013
  • Label: Kee Music Group
  • Format: CD/Book
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart

Videography[edit]

  • We Walk By Faith - 1994 (VHS)
  • Show Up - 1995 (VHS)
  • Strength - 1998 (VHS)
  • Not Guilty: The Experience - 2001 (VHS/DVD)
  • Absolutely Live - 2003 (DVD)

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