Deborah McCrary, of Nashville gospel group The McCrary Sisters, died Wednesday, June 1. She was 67 years old. No cause of death was given.
“It is with deep regret that we share the news of the passing of our beloved sister Deborah,” the McCrary Sisters shared in a statement.
Deborah was known for her bright smile and deep voice.
The McCrary sisters are the daughters of Reverend Sam McCrary, a former Baptist preacher, who formed The Fairfield Four, another gospel group. As individuals, the sisters performed with legendary artists, such as Bob Dylan, Isaac Hayes and Stevie Wonder. Deborah herself has performed with Elvis, Isaac Hayes and Ray Stevens. And, as a teenager, she sang in the BCM Mass Choir, a multi-Grammy nominated gospel choir. Eventually, the sisters banded together, took over from their father, and formed their own gospel quartet.
The group was formed in 2010 with Deborah’s other sisters, Beverly, Regina and Alfreda. They have released four studio albums: Our trip (2010), All the (2013), let’s go (2015), and A Very McCrary Christmas (2019). Along with their four studio albums, they also released a live album in 2017 titled Live. Their most recent single is their rendition of “Amazing Grace”, which was released about a year ago.
Together, the sisters have also collaborated with several different artists. They also provided background vocals for Carrie Underwood’s Storyteller in the song “Choctaw County Affair” and in the song “Do Right By Me” on Margo Price’s All American Made (2017). They recently sang on the song “All of the Women” from Allison Russell’s album outdoor child in 2021.
The McCrary Sisters have performed at major festivals and events like the CMAs, at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and on CMT, BET and SNL.
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