Jessy Dixon, a singer and songwriter who helped popularize gospel music with his energetic style and who found a wider audience touring and recording with Paul Simon, died on Monday at his home in Chicago. He was 73.
Mr. Dixon wrote more than 200 songs in a career that spanned five decades. He was perhaps best known for his 1993 hit “I Am Redeemed,” which remained on the gospel and Christian charts for five years. He also composed songs for several pop singers, among them Randy Crawford, Cher, Diana Ross, Natalie Cole and Amy Grant.
Diana Ross – “There’s an element in Jessy’s music that can’t be mistaken. That element is love, and wow do I feel it.”
Bette Midler – “I’ve heard Jessy Dixon sing many times and in all of gospel music, Jessy Dixon is my favorite. Jessy Dixon has the gospel soul.”
Bill Gaither – “I have traveled with Jessy Dixon for the past several years and never have I been with an artists with more heart. He is the real thing.”
Natalie Cole – “Jessy’s music is just like him, beautiful.”
The list of musicians that he has worked with include Paul Simon, Andrae Crouch, DeGarmo & Key and most recently Bill Gaither in the Homecoming series of concerts. He has written songs for Amy Grant, Natalie Cole, Cher, and Diana Ross.