Tributes from across the UK and Europe have been pouring in for gospel music choir director, Solomon Facey, who died unexpectedly at the age of 44 in January.
Pastor Junior Spence, a close friend of over 30 years, is devastated by his passing.
“Solomon was one of those people that brought so much joy, energy and love, and he was loved by everybody.”
Pastor Monica Thompson, of the Ministry of Praise church in Tottenham, north London, described Solomon as an “excellent member”.
Solomon started out as a director of the Ministry of Praise church choir in 1994. He went on to start youth outfit, the Unity Choir, and in 1996 he joined the Visual Ministry Choir, which was founded by Pastor Spence and was later encouraged by him to become its choir director.
In recent years, Solomon had made a name leading gospel music workshops and appearing in concerts throughout the UK, Ireland and Europe. He also created opportunities for artists and musicians to perform in Europe.
Bazil Meade MBE, founder of LCGC, paid tribute:
“Solomon Facey was one of the outstanding characters of British Gospel. He was a dapper dresser, and has trailblazed all over Europe, teaching gospel music to choirs. He is at peace now. I hope to see him in the ‘ultimate choir’ – but not yet.”
Other people who paid tribute to him include choir director and musician Daniel Thomas, who described Solomon as:
“one of the UK’s notable choir directors, a great supporter and encourager… This is such a great loss.”
Christian Alsted, Bishop of the United Methodist Church in Northern Europe and Eurasia, said:
“The gospel music culture in the United Methodist Church in Denmark and Norway has been greatly impacted and blessed by Solomon Facey’s visits at numerous festivals and concerts in our churches, and I give thanks to God for his ministry and witness. He will continue singing in that great heavenly choir forever. Thanks be to God.”
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