UAB Gospel Choir director Kevin P. Turner dies

UAB Gospel Choir director Kevin P. Turner dies
Kevin P. Turner (Source: UAB)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Gospel choir legend, groundbreaker, gifted. Those are just some of the words used to describe the masterful Kevin P. Turner, who led UAB’s Gospel Choir. Kevin P. Turner died this week.

Turner’s daughter posted on Facebook on March 1 that they lost her father. Erica Jordan posted “He fought a hard fight and has gone on to be with the Lord.”

It is with the heaviest heart that we regret to inform everyone that my dearest father Kevin P. Turner has passed away...

Posted by Erica Jordan on Monday, March 1, 2021

Producer, composer, arranger and longtime UAB educator Dr. Henry Panion, III also posted about his friend, Kevin P. Turner, on Facebook.

Panion posted, “UAB, the City of Birmingham, the State of Alabama, this country, and the world will forever be blessed by the Legacy left by Kevin P. Turner. The founding director of the UAB Gospel Choir, Kevin became a legend by establishing a Gospel choir that was among the first to be offered and sanctioned by college music departments within the music program for college credit. At the same time, the UAB Gospel Choir was singled out for being perhaps the only college Gospel choir played regularly on radio stations across the world and whose CDs could be purchased alongside major recording artists in music stores across the globe.”

UAB, the City of Birmingham, the State of Alabama, this country, and the world will forever be blessed by the Legacy...

Posted by Henry Panion III on Monday, March 1, 2021

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