James Lott, who recorded famed gospel performers, dead at 53

James Lott was a teenage tenor in the choir at Sweet Holy Spirit Church of Chicago who first led the group in his teens, even doing so at the funeral for his slain mother.

James Lott was a teenage tenor in the choir at Sweet Holy Spirit Church of Chicago who first led the group in his teens, even doing so at the funeral for his slain mother. | Provided

He was minister of music, overseeing ‘one of Chicago’s finest contemporary gospel choirs’ at Sweet Holy Spirit Church of Chicago, 8621 S. South Chicago Ave.

James Lott was 16 when his mother Dorothy and 15-year-old sister Tonjia were stabbed to death at their home in Woodlawn.

Bishop Larry D. Trotter tried to comfort him, but it was all too much for the young man.

“He took off running, the pain was so heavy,” said Trotter, the longtime senior pastor of Sweet Holy Spirit Church of Chicago, 8621 S. South Chicago Ave.

But soon young James did something that had the congregation marveling at his strength, Trotter said: “He directed the choir at his mother’s funeral.”

Mr. Lott, 53, who rose from being a teenage tenor singing in the choir to the church’s minister of music, died Saturday. He had been in declining health as the result of a medical condition, according to Sean Howard, a spokesman for the church.

“I’m so used to seeing this fella directing a song, and, if the sound wasn’t right, running from the choir to the back of the church, talking to the sound man, and then he’d be back hugging the singers,” Trotter said.

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James Lott was a bundle of energy as he helped create beautiful music at Sweet Holy Spirit Church of Chicago.

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The role of music minister encompassed everything from making sure that choir robes are immaculate to overseeing rehearsals, song selection, the sound …read more

Source:: Chicago Sun Times

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