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Lee Williams Biography – Lee Williams Wiki
Lee Williams was a gospel singer and the leader of Lee Williams and the Spiritual QC’s. Williams and the group were best known for gospel favorites “Cooling Water” and “Another Blessing.” Williams began professionally recording music in the late 1960s.
Williams founded the Spiritual QC’s (or the “Qualified Christian Singers”) in 1968 in Tupelo, Mississippi. They performed for decades before recording their first national full-length album, “Jesus is Alive and Well,” in 1996. The album threw Williams and the Spiritual QC’s into the gospel music spotlight and earned them their first national hit, “I’ve Learned to Lean,” an upbeat hand-clapper of a tune that showcased Williams’ powerful vocals and spearheaded a string of successful albums throughout the 1990s and 2000s.
Williams and the group went on to record at least a dozen more albums. They earned a spot on the Billboard’s gospel music charts, won 10 Stellar Awards, earned a Soul Train Award for Best Gospel Album of the Year, and was named the Gospel Music Excellence Awards’ Traditional Quartet of the Year in 2011. In 2010, they were honored with the Stellar Awards’ James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award and received an honorary doctorate of sacred music from the Bible Believers Christian College in Hawthorne, California in 2016. Williams was also given the Mississippi Trailblazer Award.
Williams led the Spiritual QCs for 50 years, until his retirement in 2018. In July of that year, the city of Tupelo celebrated both his career and retirement with a public celebration, during which he was presented with the key to the city.
Lee Williams Age
Lee Williams was born on July 28, 1946, in Tupelo, Mississippi, United States. At his 72nd birthday celebration in Tupelo’s Fairpark on July 28, 2018, the legendary singer received a key to the city. Lee Williams’ wife, Annie Ruth, told Daily Journal at the time: “This is his hometown. This is where it all started. He was singing here in Tupelo long before anyone knew who he was.” He died on August 30, 2021. He was 75.
Lee Williams Wife
Was Lee Williams married? He was married to Annie Williams. The couple tied the knot in 1969.
Lee Williams Children
He reportedly had a son, C.C. Williams, and a daughter, Paris.
Lee Williams Family
He is survived by his wife, Annie Ruth Williams, and son, C.C. Williams.
Lee Williams Death
Gospel singer Lee Williams, the leader and founder of the Tupelo, Mississippi-based gospel group Lee Williams and the Spiritual QC’s, died at the age of 75 on August 30, 2021, at his home in Pontotoc, Mississippi, the group announced on Facebook.
“It is with our deepest sorrow that we announce the passing of our fearless leader, Dr. Lee Williams,” the group wrote in the post. “We thank God for allowing him to Stop By On His Way Home, and though he has moved from his temporary house, the love, the memories and the music will linger on. We will always remember that to Give Up is not an option if we want to be Welcomed Home.”
Lee Williams Cause of Death
Lee Williams’ cause of death was not revealed. The singer retired from traveling and performing in 2018 due to Alzheimer’s, Daily Journal reported.
Lee Williams Funeral
Gospel singer Lee Williams’ funeral arrangements and other info will be announced at a later time, the gospel group Lee Williams and the Spiritual QC’s announced.
Lee Williams Net Worth
Lee Williams’s net worth is estimated to be $2 million.