Troy Sneed

Troy Lenard Sneed Jr. (December 14, 1967 – April 27, 2020) was an American gospel musician.

Troy Sneed
Birth nameTroy Lenard Sneed Jr.
Born(1967-12-14)December 14, 1967
Perry, Florida
OriginJacksonville, Florida
DiedApril 27, 2020(2020-04-27) (aged 52)
Jacksonville, Florida
GenresCCM, gospel, traditional black gospel, urban contemporary gospel, praise & worship
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter
Instrumentsvocals, singer-songwriter
Years active1999–2020
LabelsMalaco, Savoy, Emtro Gospel
Associated actsGeorgia Mass Choir

Early lifeEdit

Sneed was born on December 14, 1967,[1] in Perry, Florida,[1][2] and played football while in college at Florida A&M University. He had an injury on the field that put an end to his playing days.[1] He would join the choir at the university, and after graduating he was a teacher at Jax Beach Elementary School in Jacksonville, Florida.[1] Milton Biggham, with Savoy Records, asked him to come lead the Georgia Mass Choir, in Atlanta, Georgia, as an assistant music minister.[1]

Music careerEdit

Sneed's music career began in 1999,[3] with the release of Call Jesus on March 23, 1999, by Malaco Records,[4] but this album would not chart.[5] His subsequent album, Bless That Wonderful Name, was released by Savoy Records in 2001,[4] yet this did not chart.[5] The third album was released by his own record label imprint Emtro Gospel on February 22, 2005, A State of Worship,[4] and it was his breakthrough release on Billboard magazine Gospel Albums chart at No. 22.[5] He released, In His Presence, on October 10, 2006 by his label,[4] which charted at No. 44 on the aforementioned chart.[5] His fifth album, In Due Season, was released by his record label on August 25, 2009,[5] however it was not successfully charted.[5] The subsequent album, My Heart Says Yes, released on May 10, 2011 by Emtro Gospel,[4] and this one would peak at No. 5 on the Gospel Albums chart.[5] He released his seventh album on August 7, 2012, All Is Well,[4] and this charted at No. 9 on the aforementioned chart.[5]

Personal lifeEdit

Sneed married Emily Frances Ianson on July 2, 1993, and together they resided in Jacksonville, Florida, with their children.[1]


Sneed died on April 27, 2020, due to complications of COVID-19.[6]


List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions[5]
Call Jesus
Bless That Wonderful Name!
A State of Worship 22
In His Presence 44
In Due Season
My Heart Says Yes 5
All Is Well Awesome God


  1. ^ a b c d e f Carpenter, Bil (2005). Uncloudy Days: The Gospel Music Encyclopedia. pp. 382–3.
  2. ^ "Songwriter/Composer: SNEED TROY LENARD JR". Broadcast Music, Inc. Retrieved March 28, 2015.
  3. ^ Phares, Heather. "Troy Sneed : Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved March 28, 2015.
  4. ^ a b c d e f AllMusic. "Troy Sneed : Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved March 28, 2015.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i Billboard. "Troy Sneed : Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved March 28, 2015.
  6. ^ Farrell, Paul (April 27, 2020). "Troy Sneed Dead: Gospel Icon Dies at 52 After Coronavirus Battle". Retrieved April 29, 2020.