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In Memoriam 2022 - Christian Rock and CCM

Published on January 13th, 2023 | by Anthony Martinez

Last year 2022, we lost several CCM and Christian Rock artists in the world, great legends like Michael Bloodgood or Ted Kirkpatrick, caused a lot of commotion, also very well known Spanish speaking artists like Alejandro Alonso or the singer of the band Argentina Rescate. It is important to understand that for Christians, although we may feel sad, we also believe that our home is heaven with Christ, to die in this world is the beginning of an eternity with Jesus Christ.

As humans we feel sadness, but as Christians we know that one day we will be reunited in heaven for eternity with the artists we remember in this article, but also with every Christian in the world who has lived according to the word of God.

Finally, I would like to reiterate my condolences to the families and friends of all the artists and people mentioned in this article. I trust that God will bring peace to your lives.

I leave the list below, we must thank God for their lives, for their devotion and legacy not only as artists, but as humans who were light in a world full of darkness. We love them.

Alejandro Alonso (January 31)
Mexican singer Alejandro Alonso, born on the 14th of 1958, was an influential Christian music artist in Latin America, especially in the early 90s when he released his album Alguien in 1992. He lived many years in California and was part of Calvary Chapel and Maranatha Music. On January 31, 2022 he passed away in Queretaro Mexico at the age of 70, due to health problems with his heart. 

Dave Will (March 4)
He joined the legendary Gospel group The Imperials in 1977, about the same time Russ Taff joined, during his years with the group, they were nominated eleven times for Grammy Awards, and joined the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Dave passed away on March 4, 2022.

Matt Maners (April 1)
He was guitarist of two of the first Christian Thrash Metal bands, Martyr from 1986 to 1991 and then on the first Betrayal album, also in the mid 90s he was part of another band called The Terminal. Matt passed away on April 1st 2022, at the age of 52, after a tough battle with health problems. 

Kaleb Luebchow (July 27)
A recent quite popular Christian metal band is War of Ages, their drummer Kaleb Benjamin Luebchow was born on November 14, 1994, he joined as the band's drummer in 2017 and passed away on July 27 in Nashville, Kaleb also played in another band called Admiral Phunk Brass Band.

Michael Bloodgood (July 29)
The legendary bass player and founder of the band Bloodgood, Michael Bloodgood, born in 1953, passed away on July 29, 2022, two days after Kaleb, Michael was fighting for his health after a stroke in February 2022, the loss of Michael was a great blow for the followers of the band and the entire Christian rock and metal scene, he was not only a great musician, he was also a Pastor and a Worship Leader in his church, husband, Father and Grandfather, and without a doubt, one of the most charismatic and beloved artists in Christian metal.

Ulises Eyherabide (July 29)
One of the best known Christian singers in Argentina and Latin America, Ulises was the singer of one of the most interesting and popular Christian rock bands in Spanish, Rescate. The same day that Michael Bloodgood died, Ulises' death was also known, two news of this kind in the same day, shocked the christian rock scene in many countries, not forgetting that two days before, the same week, also Kaleb from War of Ages had passed away. Ulises started singing with his band Rescue in the late 80's and they became a band that filled stadiums in many countries. Ulises was born on February 1, 1967 in San Nicolas, Argentina, and died on July 29, 2022 due to Colon Cancer and some struggles in his personal life.

Ted Kirkpatrick (August 19)
One of the most outstanding and respected drummers of Christian metal, Mr. Ted Kirkpatrick, passed away a few days after Michael Bloodgood, Ulises and Kaleb, this was a hard blow, another legend of Christian metal, Ted was the leader, founder and drummer of Tourniquet, one of the greatest Thrash Metal bands, he was also the drummer of Trouble between 1987 and 1989, he was considered one of the best drummers in the world by magazines like HM. Ted was born on May 22, 1960, and passed away on August 19 after a sudden illness called idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis as reported by his wife on Ted's website and Tourniquet's social media.

Martin Lanz C├írdenas (September 29)
He may not be well known in North America, but his band is well known in almost all Spanish speaking countries, Martin was the keyboardist and also producer of the Christian hard rock band Vox Dei from Guatemala during the 90s, in the last years he was living in Peru and was dedicated to his family and the church.

Stephanie Boosahda (October 4)
The CCM singer came to prominence during the 70s and 80s, releasing 12 albums from 1976 until 2014 when she released Healing and Jubilate Rejoice! In 2020 she was hit by a car, which caused some health problems since then, in September she was hospitalized to stay in palliative care. She gave concerts all over the world and also pastored several churches with her husband Wayne. Stephany passed away on October 4 at the age of 70.

Ernesto Rosales (October 5)
Another musician perhaps not well known, but a pioneer of Christian metal in his country, is Mr. Ernesto Rosales, founder of the first Christian metal band in Guatemala, Invasion, formed in the mid 80s, at the same time he was also part of another band called Praise. Ernesto passed away on October 5, 2022 as reported by Intensidad Productions of Guatemala.

Michael Tyrrell (November 1)
He was a guitarist in bands such as Mylon and Broken Heart, DuBeel, Public Enemy, he also had some solo albums and played live with artists such as Doro Pech, in recent years he became quite popular for his project The Wholetones. Michael was born on January 19, 1960, and passed away on October 1, 2022 due to heart problems.

Christie Lynn Feighan (December 4)
She did not play with any band, Christie was the wife of Whitecross drummer, Mr. Michael Feighan for almost 27 years, although Whitecross fans did not know her, we feel Michael's sadness, he has expressed how hard it has been to lose his wife.  She went to be with Jesus on December 4, according to Michael on his social media.

Armond Morales (December 5)
One of the most legendary Christian groups is The Imperials, before there was such a thing as Jesus Music or CCM. Armond was one of the original members of The Imperials, also sang in a group called The Weatherfords and also became one of the voices of The Imperials in the early 60s, visited more than 20 countries and won several Dove Awards and Grammys for almost 40 years. Armond was born on February 25, 1932 and passed away on December 5, 2022 at the age of 90.

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith
2 Timothy 4:7

The Playlist contains one song from each of them, or from their bands.

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