Memphis Singer, Songwriter John Kilzer Dies Suddenly

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John Kilzer, a singer and songwriter from Tennessee whose music career spanned 30 years and who became a pastor after undergoing drug recovery, has died.

Kilzer’s death was disclosed Tuesday by St. John’s United Methodist Church in Memphis, where he served as an associate pastor for recovery ministries. A cause of death was not disclosed. The church said in a statement that it was a sudden death.

According to biographies on websites for the church and Archer Records, the Jackson, Tennessee-native recorded two albums under the Geffen label, “Memory in the Making” in 1988 and “Busman’s Holiday” in 1991. Roseanne Cash, Trace Adkins and Maria Muldaur recorded his songs. Kilzer was also a high school All-American basketball player and played for then-Memphis State.

John Kilzer and the Scars were scheduled to play at the Beale Street Music Festival in May.

On the House floor Wednesday morning, Congressman Steve Cohen delivered remarks on the life and passing of Kilzer. See his remarks HERE.

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