One of the GREATEST tenors of ALL TIME
My father, Deacon Watts was one of the top Gospel promoters in New York City, and I had the privilege and pleasure of growing up around some of the greatest quartet gospel singers in the world. I’ll never forget the first time I heard Paul singing falsetto with Willie Neal Johnson & The Gospel Keynotes. I was a fan of his from day one! Then to witness his incredible vocal skill up close and personal was just breathtaking. When I formed my gospel group, The Gospel JMC’s in 1981, the Gospel Keynotes were one of the groups that inspired us the most and the songs led by Paul were our best and most requested renditions. Paul was idolized by my childhood friend and member of the group, Terrence Grays who sang all of Paul’s parts whenever we performed. Through the years, I’ve shared so many private conversations backstage with Paul. He had stories that I looked forward to hearing every time they would come to town. He was truly a friend of the family and he will be missed.
Beasley is known for his powerful voice and his ability to connect with his audience. He has won numerous awards, including a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Gospel Album. Paul joined the Gospel Keynotes in the early 1970s, and the group went on to record a number of gospel hits, including “Jesus You Been Good To Me”, “That’s My Son ”, and “Help Me To Be Strong”. Paul Beasley was the Keynotes’ lead singer from 1964 to 1979. Paul joined The Keynotes’ main rival, the Mighty Clouds of Joy, in 1979 where he went on to record what many would declare is their favorite Paul Beasley song, “Walk Around Heaven”. He later returned to the Keynotes in 1996. Later on, Paul joined The Blind Boys of Alabama. Paul performed for over 50 years in the gospel circuit and recorded over 20 albums and has toured the world, sharing his music with millions of fans.
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