Photo credit: Earl Studios
The tragic news of the loss of Houston gospel singer LaTonya Earl in a car accident on Old Humble Road in Houston has sent shock waves across the Houston-area, and beyond, for the many who loved her and knew her personally, and for those who were ministered to through her music.
She was an immensely talented, and anointed, locally and nationally-known Gospel singer, songwriter, and musician, who was cherished by family members, friends, church members, and the Gospel Music community, alike.
Empower Magazine had the privilege to interview Earl in 2014 on the heels of the gifted singer winning Female Contemporary Vocalist of The Year and Worship/Praise Artist of The Year at The National & Independent Gospel Music Association’s 6th Annual Rhythm of Gospel Awards.
In the article, the Houston gospel recording artist shared her journey in her own words:
“I received most of my experience in the music ministry working behind the scenes and singing background for other mainstream artists. I always ran from the spotlight. Eventually, I began to accept lead solos for songs, and from there, my gift began to make room for me.”
Earl’s musical gift did just that and earned her numerous awards and accolades, including multiple Rhythm of Gospel Awards and Texas Gospel Music Excellence Awards as well as numerous award nominations in the Gospel music industry. Earl served on numerous boards in the Gospel Music Industry, including the (NIGMA) National Independent Gospel Music Association, Gospel Music Workshop of America, and Houston Gospel Alliance.
The independent Gospel recording artist founded LaTonya Earl Ministry, a kingdom-building ministry that provided anointed speaking and music for the soul, Christian counseling, outreach, evangelism, and community service. She traveled on multiple medical mission trips to Kenya, Africa to minister through Praise and Worship and made countless other contributions to the Gospel music industry and the faith-based community.
Dr. Earl graduated from the College of Biblical Studies and was the Class of 2018 valedictorian at JKU where she recently earned her Ph.D. and was the beloved Worship Director at The Church at Bethel’s Family where she also was a devoted member.
In a heartfelt social media video message, the church’s pastor, Rev. Walter August, Jr. announced Earl’s passing and urged members, and the community, to pray for the family, adding that Earl “will be greatly missed and forever cherished.” The church has planned a vigil to honor Earl’s life and legacy.
Married to Rev. Walter Earl, the couple nurtured and raised three children: Britney, Amber, and DrewAnthony, a family Earl cherished and described in the 2014 article as her “first ministry.”