The Homecoming Friends on the big stage up above got another voice today.
It is with sadness that I write Jessy Dixon died today at the age of 73. To say that he was a singer that made the rafters move would be missing the mark by a mile. He had the ability to roll the clouds of despair away and let the sun shine in.
He was that good.
Jessy Dixon and your blogger.
I continue to be so happy to have had the chance to see Jessy Dixon perform with the Homecoming Friends in Milwaukee and again in Champaign, Illinois. I was thrilled to get to chat with him for a few minutes prior to a concert and asked how he liked working with Vestal Goodman. I will never forget how he told me it was hard to keep up with her when the Holy Spirit was on stage leading them in music.
That was Jessy Dixon. So talented, and respected by many. I loved the way he sang, moved on stage, and set a whole coliseum into a foot-stomping cadence.
Mr. Dixon wrote more than 200 songs in a career that spanned five decades. He was perhaps best known for his 1993 hit “I Am Redeemed,”which remained on the gospel and Christian charts for five years. He also composed songs for several pop singers, among them Randy Crawford, Cher, Diana Ross, Natalie Cole and Amy Grant.
Though he was already well known in gospel circles, Mr. Dixon reached the mainstream pop-music audience in the 1970s, when he collaborated with Mr. Simon on the albums “Paul Simon in Concert: Live Rhymin’ ” (a follow-up to Mr. Simon’s hit album “There Goes Rhymin’ Simon”) and “Still Crazy After All These Years.” The two musicians had met at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1972, and Mr. Simon was impressed with his vocals.