October 11, 2021

Gospel Music Legend Shawn McLemore Passes Away

Gospel music legend with  the passing of Shawn McLemore  has passed away on Saturday, October 9, 2021, at the age of 54. Mclemore has passed away after an extended illness. His cause of death has not been announced yet.

His wife, Rhonda McLemore, shared the sad news on Instagram Saturday (October 9). Rhonda posted a photo of Shawn and wrote: "I've got a home in glory, from labor to reward.

"It is with deep and great sorrow The McLemore Family announces the transition of Shawn McLemore. Official details to follow."

"Shawn was a great spirit with enormous talent and personality to match", says Blacksmoke Music Worldwide CEO Kerry Douglas.  "To see him take the stage and have absolute command of the room was just magic.  He was genuine, he had a great sense of humor and when he sang, God listened.  Shawn was a gift to us and he will surely be missed."

Life began for Shawn McLemore in Los Angeles, California, where the church and music served as his foundation.  As a child, he felt there was a calling on his life to spread the Word of God,, so he set out to do just that. McLemore  completed his studies and earned degrees from West Los Angeles University and Houston Bible College.

He would make his national debut with the release of Wait On Him on the Verity record label in 1987. He eventually joined the Worldwide Gospel family and continued to record and tour around the country.  One of his biggest hits would come from the pen of James Fortune and pair him with Zacardi Cortez in the form of "I Believe."  "I Believe" dominated the airwaves and the gospel music radio charts for multiple weeks. 

In 2011, his fourth album, One Percent Miracle: Any Minute Now, was released with Black Smoke Music along with Worldwide Music.