by tiffany goldstein 6/2/2022
Deborah McCrary, a founding member of the critically acclaimed gospel group the McCrary Sisters, has died at age 67. A Nashville-based spokesperson confirmed the devastating news on Wednesday, June 1, and has not revealed the cause of death.
“It is with deep sorrow that we share the news of the passing of our beloved sister Deborah,” said a statement released (June 2) by the sibling quartet.
The McCrary Sisters comprise of Alfreda, Ann, Regina, and Deborah, was formed in the early 2000s. Since the release of their debut record in 2010, the vocalists quickly became a household name in the country music genre. While releasing a string of studio albums, including their live 2019 collection “A Very McCrary Christmas,” the vocalists began performing alongside hitmakers.
The group known for their chill-provoking harmonies and powerful pipes were recruited by several musicians such as Eric Church, Chris Stapleton, Martina McBride, Patty Griffin, Steve Earle, Buddy Miller, and more to sing backup live and in the studio. The world-rounded entertainers were also the Ryman Auditorium’s house band during the annual Americana Awards. They performed with Brandi Carlile, Loretta Lynn, Jason Isbell, Jackson Browne, and others during the prestigious affair.