Southern Gospel music lost one of its pioneers, when legendary piano player-singer Hovie Lister passed away due to a series of health problems stemming from throat cancer that was diagnosed as early as 1993. In recent years, and in spite of his health, the Grammy® Award winner kept movin’ forward, singing for the Lord in numerous concerts and making many more albums.
In his early twenties, Lister established The Statesmen Quartet — an innovative group that would go on to become one of the most popular, influential and inspirational singing groups of its kind. The upbeat group hit its peak in the mid-1950s, and despite several personnel changes over the years, Lister’s Statesmen managed to persevere and consistently produce a quality that was nothing less than outstanding.
Throughout his illustrious 50-plus year career, Lister’s enthusiasm and energy never diminished, nor did his talent or dedication to his God, family and fans.