UPDATE – Niles loved music and Barbados

Joseph Niles’ two loves were music and Barbados

If there were two things which Joseph Niles loved, it was music and Barbados.

Niles, the legendary gospel singer died this morning at the age of 75.

He leaves to mourn his wife Beverley and two daughters Pamela and Petra, both of whom reside in California, USA.

Beverley, who spent over 50 years together with the man regarded as the Godfather of Gospel Music, told Barbados TODAY that her husband lived his life for music, and had an undying love for his homeland Barbados.

“He really loved Barbados. Joseph didn’t want to live anywhere else. He would go to California to visit his daughters and then he would return home. He would travel all over the world, but he was always in a hurry to come back home,” she said.

“He also loved to sing. I was told that even when he was in primary school, on his way home he would be blowing a cone and singing. Sometimes, he would get up in the night all of a sudden to go and work on his music.”

She explained that even though Niles had been ailing for a while, she was still shocked at his death.

“It was still a shock to me. I didn’t expect him to pass so soon.”

Emmanuel Joseph, a close friend of Niles, said his passing was a “great loss to not only Barbados, but the Caribbean.”

Joseph, who visited his ailing friends two-weeks ago, also sang alongside Niles in the 1970’s and 1980’s as part of the
 Gospel Comforters.

“Joseph Niles was a Caribbean man and his music reflected that. I had the privilege of working with him, and he even did a cover of one of my songs Still Have Jesus. The gospel industry has truly lost a great man today,” he said.

3 Responses to UPDATE – Niles loved music and Barbados

  1. cecil p September 19, 2015 at 10:47 pm

    love your music J.N it will be in all of hearts for ever R.I.P my Brother now u will be making some new music on the other side of the pond

  2. Jema Goodluck
    Jema Goodluck September 20, 2015 at 1:32 am


  3. David Hinkson September 21, 2015 at 9:14 am

    Yes, Barbados has truly lost a legend with the passing of Joseph Niles. Like most Bajans of my generation, I grew up with his music and remember my parents purchasing a copy of “Royal Telephone” when he passed through our neighborhood selling copies of his music. I saw him perform in 2003 at a special show held at the Gymnasium just after he was inducted to the International Gospel Music Hall of Fame, and he was FANTASTIC! My condolences go out to his family and the entire gospel music fraternity in Barbados and the Caribbean.


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