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It’s with a heavy heart that we report the news that gospel singer and Bishop Iona Locke has passed away. She was 72.

The Christ-Centered Ministries Organization shared the sad news in an official statement:

“It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that the Locke Family, Christ Centered Ministries Association and the Abyssinia Christ Centered Church announce the Episcopal transition of Her Grace, Presiding Bishop Iona E. Locke. After a season of sickness, God granted her eternal rest. We rejoice in the confident knowledge that she is at peace with her God.”

Watch an inspiring clip of Locke singing her original song, “Walk By Faith,” below.

Anne Erickson's love for music drew her into radio, and she started shortly after graduating from MSU. She has a passion for rock and metal, plus local music. She also fronts the band Upon Wings. Email Anne at erickson@WRIF.com, follow her on Instagram at @EricksonAnne and tweet at her @AnneErickson!