Ellen Marie Allen Wiki – Ellen Marie Allen Biography
Ellen Marie Allen is the wife of Bishop Rance Allen. He is the Gospel singer and founder of the Rance Allen Group who died on October 31 at 71. Allen was often referred to as “The Father of Contemporary Gospel Music.” During his illustrious career, Allen was the recipient of five Grammy Awards, once performed for President Barack Obama and recorded a song with Snoop Dogg.
Allen founded the Rance Allen Group along with his brothers, bass playing Steve and drummer Thomas, in their hometown of Monroe, Michigan, in 1969. His official website describes the group as beginning to “invade the world with a new contemporary and innovative gospel sound.”
Allen moved to Toledo, Ohio, in 1985 and was the pastor of New Bethel Church of God, according to the bio on the singer’s official website.
Allen recorded the song “Blessed Me Again” with Snoop Dogg as part of the rapper’s 2018 gospel album Bible of Love. Allen told the Toledo Blade in 2008 that he thought someone was playing a joke on him when the rapper first reached out to him.
Allen said of performing with Snoop Dogg, “I’ve always believed that while I want the world to have Jesus. I’ve got to give them a little something that would prick their interest.” Allen also spoke of his belief that the Snoop Dogg collaboration would lead to his work being exposed to a larger audience. Allen said, “When Snoop says, ‘Hey fellas, Jesus saves,’ he’s going to shake their worlds.”
In February 2020, Allen was celebrated in Toledo as part of Black History Month, reported ABC13 at the time. As part of the celebrations, a wing of Imagine Madison School of Arts in the city was named for Allen.
Allen was quoted as saying, “I’ve been singing over 60 years and it’s all been as far as I was concerned a ministry. Then to get to be 71-years old and someone says we want to honor you, it made me want to put my suit on today. It’s a wonderful thing and I’m enjoying every bit of it.”
Ellen Marie Allen Age
Ellen Marie Allen’s age is unclear.
In December 1970, Allen married evangelist Ellen Marie Groves. His official profile says that the couple had no children that “they share their love and support to many God-children.” Allen’s wife Ellen Marie Allen nee Groves is referred to as the “First Lady” of the New Bethel Bountiful Blessings Ministries. According to Groves’ profile on the church’s website, she is a native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, and was “introduced to the lord at an early age.”
Her profile goes on to say that she “met and fell in love” with Allen at the age of 16. The couple married with her father’s consent in December 1970. Prior to becoming fully involved with the church, the profile says that Groves worked in banking. In the bio, Groves refers to her husband as “the sweetest, most humble, patient, loving, giving man this side of glory.”
Bishop Rance Allen Cause of Death
Bishop Rance Allen is the Gospel singer and founder of the Rance Allen Group who died on October 31 at 71. Allen was often referred to as “The Father of Contemporary Gospel Music.” During his illustrious career, Allen was the recipient of five Grammy Awards, once performed for President Barack Obama and recorded a song with Snoop Dogg.
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Allen’s death was confirmed in a statement from Bishop Robert G. Rudolph of the Church of God Is Christ in Memphis, Tennessee. The statement did not reveal Allen’s cause of death. The statement goes on to say that due to COVID restrictions, a private memorial service will be held for the singer.
As news of Allen’s death spreads, fellow performers as well as fans, have taken to Twitter to express their condolences. Here are some of the most poignant messages of remembrance:
What a HUGE loss to the gospel world. Bishop Rance Allen is one of the greatest voices on the planet. The Grammy award winning gospel artist could of lived anywhere but called TOLEDO home! Pray for his family. pic.twitter.com/x2MBx4YAgB
— KristianBrown (@KristianBrown) October 31, 2020
Wow… #RanceAllen definitely one of the great ground breakers of gospel music. The uniqueness of your voice was unmistakable. The only voice that could make Ms Mattie Moss Clark break character. pic.twitter.com/2B6g9QHfgi
— Caprice Coleman (@CapriceColeman) October 31, 2020
Gospel Legend, Rance Allen (November 20, 1948 — October 31, 2020), was an American Bishop, Minister, & gospel musician, the founder leader of the famed Rance Allen Group. This man brought chills to me when he sang!!! My condolences to his family & the gospel world. #RanceAllen 🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/cBm4e1eGTK
— Makesha Williamson (@KeyJackOfTrades) October 31, 2020
Bishop Rance Allen’s net worth is unknown.