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Rev. F.C. Barnes Passes On…

July 11, 2011


From the desk of Malaco Records..

The Malaco Music Group regrets to inform you that Gospel Icon, Bishop F.C.
Barnes passed away early this morning, July 11, 2011 at approximately 2:30
am. He was 82.

Bishop Barnes began singing in quartets when he was 14 years old. He would
later record eight albums with Rev. Janice Brown and “Rough Side of the
Mountain” became the most popular album remaining #1 on the gospel charts
for more than a year, selling over 500,000 copies. Bishop Barnes spent his
entire recording career on Atlanta International Records, (Air Gospel) a
subsidiary of The Malaco Music Group. He recorded 15 albums, not including
appearances on several LP’s with his son, Gospel Legend Luther Barnes and
the widely successful direct marketing campaign infomercial entitled, Gospel

Bishop Barnes has received numerous Stellar Award nominations as well as a
Dove Award nomination. In 2010, Bishop Barnes & Company received a Stellar
Award nomination for their latest CD “The Old Time Way.” On this CD, he
recorded his first collaboration since Rev. Janice Brown with Darrell Luster
on the single, “God Is God” (He Won’t Change) which received considerable
airplay and garnered an appearance on BET’s Bobby Jones Gospel.

According to Malaco’s Executive Director – Gospel Division, D.A. Johnson…

“I was saddened when I received the news of the passing of Bishop F. C.
Barnes. Bishop Barnes was the true patriarch of his family, consummate
leader to his church ministry, highly dedicated professional in his dealings
with his music ministry and always a gentleman. He wrote one of the greatest
songs of all time so I affectionately referred to him as, “Mr. Rough Side Of
The Mountain” I’m honored to have had the opportunity to serve in his music
legacy. Bishop F. C. Barnes will be greatly missed.”

Please pray for the entire Barnes Family.

Funeral Arrangements will be forthcoming.

“I was stunned when I heard the news of Rev. F.C. Barnes passing. My former boss was his niece, so I knew personally how close the family was. There were 11 brothers and sisters and he is only the 2nd sibling to pass away, so the family is very saddened. For there to be so many brothers and sisters, hundreds of nieces, nephews and cousins, the family was extremely close”, said Hasan James, Root Magazine’s Editor In Chief.

Funeral services will be this Saturday, July 16, 2011. For further info, please contact:

Red Budd Holy Church

1108 Luper Street, Rocky Mount, NC 27803-3527

(252) 977-1337

To listen to clips and read the complete bio of Bishop F.C. Barnes, visit
www.malaco.com <http://www.malaco.com/>


*    When it Rains it Pours
*    Rough Side of the Mountain
*    No Tears in Glory
*    Rev. F.C. Barnes – Live
*    Keep Me All the Way
*    I shall Not Be Moved
*    I Can’t make It (Without the Lord)
*    Hold On
*    God will Heal the Land
*    God Delivered
*    Come on in the Room
*    Can’t See You
*    Barnes Family Reunion
*    Barnes Family Reunion II
*    The Old Time Way

3 replies to this post
  1. It was sunday last I sang the song titled (we prayed and God delivered) his legacy lives on that awsome voice,


  2. I’v been singing and listening to Dr Barnes music for years.

    The funny thing thro………. I’ve been playing his music in my car for the past two week. Today while I was in my kitchen, in my spirit I said ‘let me check online to see if or when the next CD will be out or ready and to my SHOCK I found out that Bishop Barnes died. I am so so sad by his death but his legacy lives on forever. I remembered when I relocated to London England for the Cayman Island I introduced his music to our church Men’s Ministries Choir and each time we song his songs there were a blessing – many souls were saved and delivered eg: Rough Side of the Mountain, The Lord has brought me to name a few.

    Bishop F. C. Barnes will be greatly missed, let us continue to pray for the family anf the family of God.

    Chris B

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