Bishop Rance Allen was a world-renowned gospel artist. He made a name for himself as the lead singer of The Rance Allen Group. Formed in 1969, the group featured his brothers Steve and Thomas Allen. Together, they changed the sound of gospel music forever. The trio combined soul, jazz, and a bit of rock to create a fresh, innovative sound. As a result, Allen was dubbed as a “titan in contemporary gospel music.” The Rance Allen Group has had significant success. And in 1998, the group earned a place in the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. In addition, the group won two Stellar Awards in 2012 and received various Grammy nominations. They also got to perform for President Barack Obama at a White House Celebration of Gospel Music.
But Allen excelled in more than just music. From a young age, Allen demonstrated immense dedication to ministry. In fact, he reportedly started preaching at the age of five. Rance Allen later grew up to become a passionate preacher. He served as pastor at the New Bethel Church of God in Christ in Toledo, Ohio, until his passing. Furthermore, Allen became a COGIC bishop in 2011. Sadly, Bishop Allen passed away on October 31, 2020, at the age of 71. His passing marked a huge loss for the gospel community. Nevertheless, Allen’s legacy of iconic gospel music, ministry, and servanthood will live on forever. For more Gospel music news and information, do check out our website.