John P. Kee

John P. Kee

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Pastor John P. Kee (born John Prince Kee on June 4, 1962) is an American gospel singer and pastor. At an early age he began to develop his musical talent both instrumentally and vocally. He attended the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem and at 14, he and his brothers Wayne and Al moved to California where he began attending the Yuba College Conservatory School of Music in Marysville, CA. During this time, he began playing with various groups such as Cameo and Donald Byrd and the Blackbyrds. After having a hard time adjusting in California, he left and moved to Charlotte, North Carolina only to find himself living in a part of the city known for its violence and drug activities. After watching one of his friends murdered in a drug deal gone bad, he rededicated his life back to God during a visitation to a revival meeting.

In the mid 1980's, Kee formed a community choir in Charlotte known as the New Life Community Choir or "NLCC." Over time the choir grew in popularity and has continued to travel throughout the area. The choir also includes some of Kee's own children.

In 1990, Kee founded the Victory in Praise Music and Arts Seminar Mass Choir, or "V.I.P." in order to fellowship with various ministries, song writers, musicians and choir directors from all over the country.

Kee has been active for more than 20 years in the music field. He is primarily known for mixing traditional gospel with modern contemporary gospel and for having a soulful and husky voice. His album entitled "The Reunion," released on December 5, 2005, features some of the old members of New Life Community Choir.

In 2007 Kee, who is known as "The Prince of Gospel Music," was inducted into the Christian Music Hall of Fame. That year he also released an album, “Nothing But Worship,” which features the hit “Right Now Praise.”

Kee released “The Legacy Project” in January 2011 featuring appearances by Elder Rance Allen, Zacardi Cortez, Anthony Hamilton, Fred Hammond, Joe Ligon, Lowell Pye, Harvey Watkins, Jr. and Doug Williams.

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