ACCORDING TO REPORTS, JOSEPH NILES, the patriarch of gospel music in Barbados, died last night after ailing for several years.
Known for putting his stamp on several traditional gospel songs, Niles was once the upfront man of the Consolers who served as Barbados ambassadors through the Caribbean.
Among his hits were This Train, Royal Telephone, Just A Rose Will Do, Live Your Religion, Walking Up The King’s Highway, A Little More Oil In My Lamp and De Devil Gone Mad.
He was described as a humble person who broke down several barriers with his interpretation of gospel music, sometimes found in the dancehall across the island.
Joseph Niles dead at age 75
It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Joseph Niles, a beloved gospel singer from Barbados. Niles was 75 years old when he passed away. Niles was a prolific singer and songwriter, and his music was deeply rooted in his faith.
Niles was a kind and humble man who would be deeply missed by all who knew him. He was a popular performer in Barbados and around the world, and his music touched the hearts of many. We send our condolences to his family and friends during this difficult time.