Keith “Wonderboy” Johnson, a gospel singer known for songs such as “Let Go and Let God” and “Hide Behind the Mountain”, died suddenly at his home in Atlanta on September 30, 2022. He was 50 years old. His death shocked and saddened many fans and fellow artists, who paid tribute to his talent and personality on social media. But what was the cause of Keith Wonderboy Johnson’s death? Here is what we know so far.
A mysterious death
According to Black Smoke Music Worldwide, the label that signed Johnson in the early 90s, an autopsy was scheduled to determine the cause of death. However, as of October 7, 2022, no official statement has been released by the authorities or the family regarding the results of the autopsy. Therefore, the exact cause of Johnson’s death remains a mystery.
Some sources have speculated that Johnson’s death was related to a car accident that he was involved in earlier this year. However, this has not been confirmed by any reliable source. Johnson had posted a video on his Instagram account on September 29, 2022, thanking his fans for their prayers and support after the accident. He seemed to be in good spirits and did not mention any serious injuries or health issues.
A stellar career
Johnson earned his nickname and stage name, “Wonderboy”, as a child with a powerful singing voice. He began singing professionally with his father and uncles in the gospel group The Spiritual Voices. He launched his solo career in 1998 and had hits such as “Let Go and Let God”, “Be Right”, and “Hide Behind the Mountain”. He was also known for his holiday favorite, “12 Days of Christmas”. His most recent hit was “It Was You”, released in the spring of 2022.
Johnson was a multi-Stellar Award winner and a pioneer of contemporary quartet music. He influenced many artists in the gospel music industry with his style and charisma. He was also a preacher and a mentor to many young singers. He was described by his label founder Kerry Douglas as “one of the current kings of gospel quartet music” and “a brother” who helped build the company.
A legacy of love
Johnson is survived by his wife, Rhonda Johnson, and his children, Keith Jr., Keisha, Keiara, Keilah, Keirra, Keirah, Keionna, Keimani, Keimya, Keimari, Keimora, Keimyra, Keimyriah, Keimyriyah. He also leaves behind many fans and friends who loved him for his music and his personality. He was known for being very personable, serious about music, funny, supportive, and a bridge between generations.
Johnson’s death is a huge loss for the gospel music community and for everyone who knew him. His music will live on as a testament to his faith and talent. His life will be remembered as an example of love and dedication. Rest in peace, Keith Wonderboy Johnson. You will be missed.