Former Cathedral Quartet baritone Steve Lee has passed away, according to reports from his family. Lee is most well known to Gospel Music fans for his tenure as baritone with The Cathedrals from 1979-1980. He initially joined the group as a vocalist/pianist, along with tenor Kirk Talley. Both Lee & Talley encouraged group owners George Younce & Glen Payne to hire a young pianist named Roger Bennett. After Bennett’s arrival, Lee would play the bass guitar in addition to his singing.
Prior to joining The Cathedrals, Steve had sang with his brother Richard in their group, The Young Deacons. After his stint with The Cathedrals, Steve returned home to North Carolina where he served as a music director at his church in Burlington, NC. While there, he formed a trio with the pastors son & daughter, Chris & Robin Allman. The Allmans recorded several projects in the 80’s, featuring songs written by another church member, Savanah Foust (writer of Somebody Touched Me, Blood Washed Band).
Steve would later reunite with his brother Richard in the 90’s to start a new quartet, Crimson River. The group would also include Gospel Music veterans Phil Barker & Bill Starling. Although the group wasn’t around long, they had one of the finest quartets of the 90’s.
Although Steve did not have the longevity of his predecessor in the Cathedrals (Mark Trammell), he was a fine singer who was an asset to every group he joined. I strongly recommend listening to any of his recordings with the Young Deacons, Cathedrals, or Crimson River. We here at Fuson’s Findings offer our condolences and prayers to Steve’s family. Here’s a recording of Steve with The Cathedrals singing “Beulah Land”.