???Joseph Niles excelled as one of Barbados’ most distinguished gospel singers of all time, giving a lifetime of commitment (50 years) to gospel music worldwide.???
This tribute has come from Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth, Stephen Lashley, following the passing of the Barbadian gospel artiste.
Mr. Lashley, who was speaking at the launch of National Youth Week at Carrington Wesleyan Holiness Church on Sunday, noted that Mr. Niles??? contribution to gospel music in Barbados could not be easily measured.
???His passing represents a significant loss to the gospel music fraternity in Barbados,??? Mr. Lashley stated, noting that it was ???a watershed in the development of music generally because of the quality of [Niles???] contribution???.
The Minister, on behalf of the Government and people of Barbados, then extended condolences to the family, friends and associates of the late singer.??In 2004, Joseph Niles was inducted into the International Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Among his many popular songs are This Train, Walking up the King’s Highway and Royal Telephone.