John P. Kee

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John P. Kee
Birth name John Prince Kee
Born (1962-06-04) June 4, 1962 (age 53)
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]

Yes Lord

  • Released: 1987
  • Format: LP

Just Me This Time

  • Released: 1990

Colorblind

  • Released: 1994
  • Format: LP/CD

The Color of Music

  • Released: 2004
  • Format: CD

The Legacy Project

  • Released: 2011
  • Format: CD

Level Next

  • Released: 2015
  • Format: CD

Kee's Choir Discography[edit]

Wait on Him (featuring New Life Community Choir)

  • Released: 1989
  • Format: LP

There is Hope (featuring New Life Community Choir)

  • Released: 1990
  • Format: LP

Wash Me (featuring New Life Community Choir)

  • Released: 1991
  • Format: LP

Never Shall Forget (featuring Victory in Praise Choir)

  • Released: 1991
  • Format: CD

We Walk By Faith (featuring New Life Community Choir)

  • Released: 1992
  • Format: CD

Lily in the Valley (featuring Victory in Praise Choir)

  • Released: 1993
  • Format: CD

Show Up (featuring New Life Community Choir)

  • Released: 1995
  • Format: CD/VHS

Stand (featuring Victory in Praise Choir)

  • Released: 1996
  • Format: CD

A Special Christmas Gift (featuring New Life Community Choir)

  • Released: 1996
  • Format: CD

Strength (featuring New Life Community Choir)

  • Released: 1997
  • Format: CD/VHS

Any Day (featuring Victory in Praise Choir)

  • Released: 1998
  • Format: CD

Not Guilty: The Experience (featuring New Life Community Choir)

  • Released: 2000
  • Format: CD/VHS

Mighty in the Spirit (featuring Victory in Praise Choir)

  • Released: 2001
  • Format: CD

Blessed By Association (featuring New Life Community Choir)

  • Released: 2002
  • Format: CD

Live at the Fellowship (featuring Victory in Praise Choir)

  • Released: 2005
  • Format: CD

The Reunion (featuring New Life Community Choir)

  • Released: 2005
  • Format: CD

Nothing But Worship (featuring New Life Community Choir)

  • Released: 2007
  • Format: CD

Live In Miami (featuring Victory In Praise Choir) (featuring Victory in Praise Choir)

  • Released: 2008
  • Format: CD

Life and Favour (featuring New Life Community Choir)

  • Released: 2012
  • Format: CD

Life and Favour: Deluxe Edition (Includes Pastor John P. Kee's New Book "Life and Favour: The Manuel")

  • Released: 2013
  • Format: CD/Book

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)

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Welcome to the Christian Music Hall of Fame and Museum.". Christian Music Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2008-02-19. John P Kee inducted into the Christian Music Hall of Fame