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Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Matt 28:19-20 (KJV)

 


 

 

Daryl Coley

His voice has been acknowledged as one of the most satisfyingly soulful in contemporary gospel. His albums stay in the Billboard gospel chart seemingly forever while he has a sideboard of awards proclaiming his stature as one of America's gospel luminaries.His voice has been acknowledged as one of the most satisfyingly soulful in contemporary gospel. His albums stay in the Billboard gospel chart seemingly forever while he has a sideboard of awards proclaiming his stature as one of America's gospel luminaries. Daryl Coley is possibly gospel's most popular male solo singer. But beyond the acclaim is a story that includes a battle with homosexuality and in more recent times, a debilitating illness that threatened to finish his career in gospel.

Daryl Coley was born in Berkeley, California 38 years ago. His parents separated when he was five years old. He and his two siblings were raised by his mother and although times were somewhat difficult, Coley's mother provided a solid Christian home for her children. Daryl spent his formative years in Oakland, California and received early spiritual training in the Mt Zion Baptist Church, pastored by Rev W A Holley. Musically, Coley, who has one of the most unique voices in gospel, was first influenced by his mother. "I remember my mother doing her vocal exercises and me imitating her." Daryl stated, "In my house there was gospel, classical and jazz. I had that kind of musical influence." In 1968, when Edwin Hawkins released "Oh Happy Day", the contemporary arrangement caught Coley's ear. In December of 1969, at the age of 13, Coley first heard Helen Stephens And The Voices Of Christ, and by February of the next year had become a member of the nationally acclaimed ensemble. During his high school years, Coley was a student of Phillip Reeder, choir director at the school. Reeder helped Coley broaden his musical boundaries and even influenced him to advance to college. Coley's career advanced further as he pursued studies on the college level. Coley was a top student, working diligently toward his business degree he even assisted in teaching college courses. However, when things began to open up musically, Coley took a break from his studies. Darly Coley is possibly gospel's most popular male solo singer. But beyond the acclaim is a story that includes a battle with homosexuality and in more recent times, a debilitating illness that threatened to finish his career in gospel.

Daryl Coley was born in Berkeley, California 38 years ago. His parents separated when he was five years old. He and his two siblings were raised by his mother and although times were somewhat difficult, Coley's mother provided a solid Christian home for her children. Daryl spent his formative years in Oakland, California and received early spiritual training in the Mt Zion Baptist Church, pastored by Rev W A Holley. Musically, Coley, who has one of the most unique voices in gospel, was first influenced by his mother. "I remember my mother doing her vocal exercises and me imitating her." Daryl stated, "In my house there was gospel, classical and jazz. I had that kind of musical influence." In 1968, when Edwin Hawkins released "Oh Happy Day", the contemporary arrangement caught Coley's ear. In December of 1969, at the age of 13, Coley first heard Helen Stephens And The Voices Of Christ, and by February of the next year had become a member of the nationally acclaimed ensemble. During his high school years, Coley was a student of Phillip Reeder, choir director at the school. Reeder helped Coley broaden his musical boundaries and even influenced him to advance to college. Coley's career advanced further as he pursued studies on the college level. Coley was a top student, working diligently toward his business degree he even assisted in teaching college courses. However, when things began to open up musically, Coley took a break from his studies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

Albums

  Name Artist Released  
Praise & Worship: Daryl Coley Daryl Coley 06/13/06
Best of Daryl Coley Daryl Coley 01/01/90
Just Daryl Daryl Coley 05/24/05
Live In Oakland: Home Again
(feat. New Generation Singers Reunion Choir)
Daryl Coley 08/03/04
The Collection-12 Best Loved Songs Daryl Coley 01/24/95
Classic Gold: I'll Be With You Daryl Coley 02/21/03
Compositions - A Decade of Song Daryl Coley 08/17/00
Beyond the Veil - Live at the
Bobby Jones Gospel Explosion XIII
Daryl Coley 06/13/96
Christmas Is Here Daryl Coley 09/24/99
Classic Gold: I'll Be With You Daryl Coley 02/18/03
He's Right On Time: Live from los Angeles Daryl Coley 12/02/03
In My Dreams Daryl Coley 03/14/94
Oh, the Lamb Daryl Coley & The Beloved 05/15/01
Daryl Coley & Friends At the Church (Soundtrack) Various Artists 03/21/13
Making Away (feat. Daryl Coley) - Single Pastor Alonzo G Morris 12/13/10