March 12, 1938 - September 26, 2011
Beloved gospel singer, songwriter and musician, Jessy Dixon, died Monday, September 26, in his Chicago home.
During the lifetime of a career that spanned upwards of five decades, Dixon wrote more than 200 songs. Author of gospel classics such as ‘I Love To Praise His Name’ and ‘, ‘He’s The Best Thing…To Happen to Me’, Dixon was perhaps most known for his 1993 hit ‘I Am Redeemed’ a song that impacted audiences worldwide, and held a top-ten position on the gospel charts for over five years.
Dixon began studying music at the age of five, and his original aspiration was to become a classical pianist. However, during a 1997 interview with the associated press, Dixon revealed that since early childhood, he knew he wanted to use his gifts and talents in the church. Dixon was catapulted into a broader gospel scene after being discovered by gospel music legend, James Cleveland, but remained dedicated to his desire of sharing that gospel he heard about as a youth.
For the past 16 years, Jessy Dixon had been a cherished fixture on the Bill Gaither Gospel Hour television series, and concert tours. His unbridled enthusiasm for sharing the gospel, and the boundless energy he brought to the stage made him an instant favorite to all who knew and loved him, both in the United States and in Europe. "Nowhere else in the world will you find such a delightful, pure, and honest performance, ingeniously combining brilliant vocalizing, and high energy excitement as when you listen to Jessy Dixon. When your feet begin to tap with the beat, the desire to get up and dance becomes overwhelming, and maybe a tear comes to your eyes; that is when Jessy Dixon's performance has reached its pinnacle," (International Herald Tribune).
Over the course of his career in gospel music, Dixon received several Dove award nominations for his work, seven Grammy nominations, garnered five gold albums, and was a 2008 Christian Music Hall of Fame inductee.
In addition to his accomplishments in the realm of gospel, Dixon also enjoyed success in other genres of music. Dixon was well known for his collaboration and friendship with Paul Simon, with whom he toured for eight years, and was contributor on several of Simon’s albums.
Aside from his work with Paul Simon, Dixon also wrote numerous songs for such artists as Cher, Natalie Cole, Amy Grant, and Diana Ross. In addition to singing and songwriting, Dixon played keyboard with Earth, Wind, and Fire, and guitarist Phillip Upchurch, as well as piano for gospel legend, Mahalia Jackson.
Despite international recognition and acclaim, Dixon stated the greatest joy of his life was to 'bask in the love of the one whom this gospel music is all about.”
Dixon is survived by a brother and sister.
The Homegoing Celebration of Jessy Dixon will be held:
Monday October 10, 2011 at 6:00 P.M.
Family Christian Center
340 West 45th Street Munster, IN 46321
Please visit here for directions.
For further information please contact Lisa Conner at (708)-754-1641 or go to JessyDixon.com
See you soon Jesse and I'll shake your hand again my friend
I have missed Jessy for a couple of years @ the concerts....one in particular in Worcester, Mass. I had brought my sister for the first time & she thrilled to Jessy dancing "off the stage" & bringing everyone to their feet! How he will be missed....what a great Gospel singer. Can't wait to meet him one day in Heaven!
God has a new angel-his name is Jessy! His legacy will live on.
Blessings and grace, Darlene Ford, Granbury, Tx.
We Will Miss Him. His Family Is In Our Thoughts And Prayers.
I will definitely miss him on Gaither. He is surely happy singing for The King
One of my Gaither favorites!! will miss him but how happy he is now!!!
Jessy Dixon is now praising the Lord in person. Of the many wonderful people, who belong to the Gaither Community, Jessy Dixon was and will remain my favorite. I loved listening to Jessy sing and praise our Savior. I am so happy for him. He is now receiving his reward of eternal life with Jesus Christ. God Bless you Jessy. I will see you again some day.
We saw Jessy Dixon several times with the Gaithers and loved him.He sang with such enthusiasm.He will be missed.
We have seen Jessy Dixon in a few conderts and he was wonderful and we will miss him.He added lots of joy to this world
Well he now is sing with the Lord and all of the others like Danny Gaither, The Happy Goodmans, Glen & George. I will miss his energy on that stage but he is on a much bigger stage now. I am sure the Lord is happy and he probably was there at the gates greeting him saying Welcome My good and faithful servant.
We will miss his wonderful gift of talents he was given here on this earth. He is now at the Feet of Jesus praising and singing His praises to Him evermore! We are celebrating with you Jessie and you will never be forgotten for enthusiam that you had for our Lord! I am sure you will have heard well done my good and faithful servant!