Gospel legend Rance Allen, who was widely known for the gospel hit “Something About The Name Jesus,” has passed away. He was 71-years-old.
The news of the passing was announced by Bishop Robert G. Rudolph Jr., the Adjutant General of the Church of God in Christ.
“God, who is omnipotent and omniscient, has summoned His Servant, Bishop Rance Lee Allen, to eternal rest,” the official statement reads.
Bishop Allen was also the Rance Allen Group’s lead singer, which consisted of his brothers Thomas, Esau, and Steve Allen, in 1970. As a vocalist, Allen was known for his massive vocal range. He and his group performed alongside other gospel greats like Andraé Crouch, Marvin Winans, Bebe and Cece Winans, the Clark Sisters, Kirk Franklin, Marvin Sapp, Shirley Caesar, and Donnie McClurkin.
In 2012, the group won two Stellar Awards for Quartet of the Year and Traditional Group/Duo of the Year.
Rance Allen served as the pastor of New Bethel Church of God in Christ in Toledo, Ohio. The statement states the family will have a private memorial due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“During this time of uncertainty, we request the continued prayers as well acts of emotional and spiritual support for the family,” the church body said.
Allen is survived by his wife of 50 years, Ellen Marie Allen.