Sunday Best Finalist, Dontavies Boatwright Passes


Dontavies Boatwright - Sunday Best MedleyOFFICIAL STATEMENT:

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DONTAVIES BOATWRIGHT PASSES

November 9, 2012: Jacksonvile, FL – It is with profound sadness that we officially report that PEInc Gospel artist DONTAVIES BOATWRIGHT has passed away.  Details on services are forthcoming.
We ask everyone to please keep us and the family of Dontavies Boatwright in your thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time.


From:  The Gospel According To Torrence
Dontavies Boatwright, finalist from Sunday Best season 2 has died of an apparent heart attack. He was 33 years old.

Dontavies was one of the most memorable contestants from his season and even after his departure from the show kept himself busy in the gospel music industry as a radio announcer in Jacksonville, FL along with singing at industry events and concerts all over the country. Equal parts classical vocalist and Sunday morning squaller, Dontavies was a rare breed of modern gospel singer. In an era where high notes are sometimes misused to determine a singer’s skill level, Dontavies was a soaring and unapologetic baritone who’s range was found in his depth.

Aside from his ability to sing, he was genuinely a nice guy and always had a smile on his face. He constantly joked with me that I never took any photos with him when we’d see each other, so each time we’d take a photo as if it were the first time until we’d see each other again and he’d sure enough say “You take pictures with everybody but me, let’s take one right now!”

Our thoughts and prayers are with Dontavies’ family.

Torrence


From:  The Examiner

Dontavies Boatwright, Season 2 Sunday Best finalist and gospel recording artist has passed away. Boatwright, 33, died of a heart attack this morning. Boatwight collapsed after complaining of chest pains. Paramedics were unable to revive him.

He drew fans with a smile like a ray of sunshine that never seemed to be permanently on his face and a classical leaning baritone voice. The Florida native’s delivery was equally urban as demonstrated on the remake of Fred Hammond’s “Glory to Glory” that was just released this past September on PEInc. Records.

During the three years after his appearance on Sunday Best Boatwright sang at various gospel industry events and also served a radio pesonality in Florida.

Details on his service are forthcoming.


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