Kidney failure might have prematurely ended the life span of its creator and creative movie director, O’Landa Draper, in age 34, in July 1998, however the Memphis, TN-based gospel group O’Landa Draper & the Affiliates continues his music crusade. The group, today directed by Draper’s fiancée, Patrina Smith, released a video, ABOUT Him (Jesus), offering their efficiency at their annual Music Lover’s Meeting in 2000. The boy of the gospel promoter and documenting musician, Draper led O’Landa Draper & the Affiliates towards the apex of gospel music. After documenting many albums for the 3rd party gospel label Phrase Information, the group reached out to a more substantial viewers in 1994. They performed on Billy Joel’s strike one and video “River of your time” and harmonized with Joel through the nationally televised Grammy Honours ceremonies. 2 yrs later, their record Gotta Feelin’ reached the next position for the gospel music graphs and spawned a high Ten gospel strike, “Reflections.” Furthermore to getting Stellar and Dove gospel honours, the album gained four Grammy nominations. Just 22 when he shaped O’Landa Draper & the Affiliates in 1986, Draper was motivated with the gospel music that he noticed as a young child in Alabama and Washington, D.C. Immediately after shifting to Memphis within the mid-’70s, he previously joined up with a glee membership and begun learning music at Overton SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL, under choir movie director Lula Hedgeman. He continuing his research at Memphis Condition College or university, where he directed the school’s gospel choir. Draper was just approaching his top being a gospel choir head when he experienced kidney failing. Rushed to Metro Nashville General Medical center, he passed away two days afterwards, on July 21, 1998, significantly less than 8 weeks before his planned wedding.