Keith Wonderboy Johnson, a renowned gospel singer-songwriter, passed away on September 30, 2022, at the age of 50. Born on May 17, 1972, in Brooklyn, New York, he earned the nickname Wonderboy due to his exceptional vocal talent. Keith began his musical journey singing with the Boys Choir of Harlem and later joined his father’s quartet group before embarking on a successful solo career. Notable for songs such as “Let Go and Let God Have His Way,” “Send A Revival,” and “Hide Behind the Mountain.”

The circumstances surrounding his death remain unclear, with conflicting reports suggesting he passed away at home or due to a car accident. As of now, the official cause of death is pending on his death certificate. The announcement of his passing was made by Black Gospel Radio, prompting an outpouring of grief from his fans and family.


NameKeith Wonderboy Johnson
Birth dateMay 17, 1972
Birth placeBrooklyn, New York
Death dateSeptember 30, 2022
Death placeAtlanta, Georgia
OccupationGospel singer-songwriter
LabelBlack Smoke Music Worldwide
AwardsStellar Award for Traditional Group/Duo of the Year (2009)

Musical career

Commencing his professional singing journey, Keith Wonderboy Johnson joined his father and uncles in the gospel group The Spiritual Voices.
In 1998, he embarked on his solo career, releasing the album “Through The Storm.”
Throughout his career, he achieved success with hits such as “Let Go and Let God,” “Hide Behind the Mountain,” and “Be Right.”
Notably, his holiday favorite “12 Days of Christmas” became well-known among audiences.
His most recent hit, “It Was You,” was released in the spring of 2022, marking a continuation of his musical impact.


Kerry Douglas, the visionary behind Black Smoke Music Worldwide, expressed profound disbelief at the news. Douglas had signed Wonderboy as the first major artist under his label after witnessing his captivating performance at the American Gospel Quartet Convention in Birmingham, Alabama, during the early ’90s. Describing their connection, Douglas stated, “Keith was like a brother.”

Glinda Perkins, program director for WXVI, a gospel radio station in Montgomery, Alabama, commended Wonderboy’s vibrant personality, highlighting his dedication to music. Perkins shared, “He was very personable and very serious about music. He was his own best pitchman, and even though he had people who worked for him, he was always the best promoter for his music.”

Renowned gospel musician and producer Kurt Carr paid tribute on Twitter, recognizing Keith ‘Wonderboy’ Johnson as a true Stellar in the gospel community. Carr had personally met Johnson and praised his uplifting presence. He conveyed heartfelt condolences, saying, “My prayers and my heart are with his family and friends.”

James Fortune, a gospel singer and radio host, shared a poignant message on Twitter, remembering Johnson as a mentor who guided him during his early days on the road. Expressing the depth of his emotions, Fortune said, “This hurts! Rest in Heaven, my brother!”