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John P. Kee & New Life

A religious calling turned John P. Kee from a seedy lifestyle to a career as a top-ranked gospel performer, producer, and pastor of the New Life Fellowship Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. In a 1996 interview he explained, "God delivered me in Charlotte's inner city from a life that mirrors the ills that we still face today." Inspired by the work of the Reverend Dr. James Cleveland, he quickly came into his own with his studio recordings. His releases through the 2010s, whether issued as a solo artist or featuring his New Life Community Choir, made him among the most popular contemporary gospel artists of the late 20th century and early 21st century. They regularly peaked near or at the top of Billboard's gospel chart.

The 15th of 16 children, Kee (born John Prince Kee) showed musical talent at a very early age. After studying at a special school for musically gifted children, the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, he formed his first choir at 13. Moving to California, he studied music with his older brothers, Al and Wayne, attending the Yuba College Conservatory School of Music in Marysville and becoming involved with the area's top musicians. While in California, he also played briefly with groups like the Blackbyrds and Cameo. However, his talents didn't save him from difficult times. By his late teens he had begun living a hard-edged street life. That lifestyle followed him to California and back again. When he returned to his home state, he moved to Charlotte's Double Oaks community and continued to slide down to a life of drugs and violence.

Kee began to turn his lifestyle around in his early twenties after seeing a friend murdered in a cocaine deal gone bad. Surrendering to the Lord during a revival meeting at the PTL, he became involved with the New Life Fellowship Church. Devoting himself to gospel music, he began singing and formed the group New Life Community Choir. His first professional break came in 1985 when he became the first artist to be asked to record lead vocals on two tracks for the Gospel Music Workshop of America's annual mass choir recording. In 1987 he released his first album with the New Life Community Choir, Yes Lord, which was recorded during a performance at the Brethren in Unity Youth Convention. In 1989 he released his debut solo album, Wait on Him.

Kee continued to balance solo albums and recordings with the choir. The early '90s brought the beginning of what became a flood of awards, including more than a dozen Stellar Awards, 20 GMWA Excellence Awards, a Soul Train Award, and two Billboard Music Awards. In 1995, Kee and the New Life Community Choir reached their first commercial peak with the gold award-winning album Show Up, which was also nominated for a Grammy, as was his 1999 album Strength. The same decade, Kee added a full-time ministry to his list of accomplishments, balancing work in the New Life Community Church with his music career. In addition to his own albums, Kee produced albums by the Victory in Praise Mass Choir, Shawn McClemore and New Image, and Drea Randle.

During the 2000s and 2010s, Kee frequently returned to the recording studio with the choir. He consistently produced albums, such as Not Guilty...The Experience (2000), Blessed by Association (2002), and Life & Favor (2012), that used passionate praise & worship music mixed with contemporary R&B and hip-hop to deliver the message of redemption through Christ. In 2015, through Motown Gospel, he released the solo recording Level Next, his 25th album overall. ~ Craig Harris
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I made through zGod grace snd mercy!
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LIFE AND FAVOR...FAVO R AND LIFE
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nikimiaratli f f
I won't let go, to God be all the glory!
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������������ . Praying for your music to continue to burst forward.
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Thank u. It's pure awesomeness n song. What a blessing. Sets my soul on fire with thanks. Love u Brother. ��������
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THANK YOU JESUS,,,, TOTAL MOTIVATION
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YOU MADE IT!THIS FAR! WHY SHOULD YOU LET -GO NOW???
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PRETENDING. NEVER. WINS!!!!!
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praise him
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ONLY A CONCEITED,WI L L LOVE THEIRSELVES. . . . . . b e f o r e showing
un-foreigned live for another!!!!! ! ! ! !
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John P. Kee is one of the greatest gospel artists of all times. His range is immaculate. I've met him and he is just awesome
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I love this song,
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brant1582
Life & Favor, to GOD be the glory...
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LIFE AND FAVOR UPON ME....... TO GOD BE THE GLORY
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This is such an inspiring song. It reminds who is really in charge. GOD!
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He is anointed for such a time as this, life and favor upon his life. Keep leading others to Christ as you are truly called a California fan.
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I meet Pastor John P Kee and have Picture with him Truly Blessed By My Brother and Truly was a Honor!! There Nobody Like You Sir!!! Life & Favor!!
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God is good!!
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When you want something. Enough to earn honestly. What a GOD-GIVEN opportunity allows.....D O N ' T . LET THIS GO!....SHOW ADVERSARY DEFEAT!..... G I V E DIVINE THE AUTHORITY... t o the Glory everlasting!
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LORD I AM GOING TO WAIT ON YOU THROUFG GOOD AND BAD I AM GOING TO WAIT AMEN lowery247
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Life and Favor remix with Fred and Kirk.... OMG!!!
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Great Morning! Surviving Academic Alabamians.. . . . h e r e it is....half the month. In a new season ! We can't. LET GO TODAY,TOMORR O W
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Thanks the lord for this song! Because even i feel like i am alone. I know i am not alone. Amen
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Just realized another great artist from my hometown Aliquippa pa. Curtis lewis played on some tracks here.
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Moved to the south from pa. Beautiful music and would like to visit church. Maybe God will bless me with good wife.
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When people let you down that women breaks your heart the lord God will heal your broken heart. Don't give up because your break through on the way
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Amen! I won't give up
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I might not have enough.
Money. To pay the rent.
RIGHT NOW TODAY. PRESENT.
BEING ACCOUNTED FOR CHRIST
YET,
I WILL NEVER GIVE-UP OR INTO.
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THAT SATAN USES AGAINST MORALE!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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No LORD I WILL NEVER LET GO AND IF I SHOULD STRAY LORD PLEASE PULL ME BACK. AMEN
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thelmars07
The words to this song just moves me! Love it!
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At my church it was awesome. last night, hurry back we love you here at Mount Calvary Baptist Church Mesa, Az
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Good for the soul good for me I love the Lord.
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John ..you're the best !!!
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I love all your songs, but HE will welcome me is my very all time favorite,
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Shsmekatamek a o u t h o m e
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Love it
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Definitely ol skool gospel
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John p. Kee a dynamic song write and preacher I have been listening to him since the cd wash me came out very lifting.
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i will never ever give up again and I won't let go of GOD EVER AMEN!!!!!!!!
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Keep up the good work for the good
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I love this song
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Love this song, the amazing artist leading this song is a very talented friend of mines, Mr. Curtis Lewis Jr. of Pittsburgh, PA. Youtube some of his music. Awesome. John P Kee is definately one of my fav artists.
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Thank you JESUS for allowing my family and I one more day. Thank you for your grace and mercy that started new...thank you for loving me without a reason Lord. Keep my sons covered Lord and let them grow up to be a reflection of you...right now Lord let them think, speak, and walk in your image. Lord bring my husband home safe from this business trip and thank you in Jesus' holy name Amen
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Amen Thank You Jesus I Won't Let Go Amen !!!!!
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The songs this choir sings are very encouraging
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Working for Me & us Amem!
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Love this song
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One of my favorite artist. Um his number #1 fan. I have all his albums even from the artist he's written or produced for...
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I grew up listening to John P. Kee & his music just moves me & my spirit. I love his music!!!
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I love all of John P Kee music....so anointing.
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