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Billy Graham's veteran music director dies at 93

Billy Graham’s longstanding musical director Cliff Barrows has died aged 93 …

Cliff Barrows, the longtime music director for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association who travelled the globe with the famed evangelist for decades, has died at age 93, reports CBN News.

Barrows regularly led thousands of voices in choirs at Billy Graham Crusades around the world according to his biography on the BGEA website. He and soloist George Beverly Shea, who died in 2013, were the core of a worship team that helped set the stage for Graham's preaching.

"The Christian faith is a singing faith, and a good way to express it and share it with others is in community singing," Barrows said.

"Cliff Barrows was one of the closest friends my wife Ruth and I ever had. Along with his wife Billie, and Grady Wilson and George Beverly Shea, our original team was just like a family as we traveled and worked together," Graham said in a statement on a Memorial Page on the BGEA website.

"Cliff and I were together more than 60 years and in all that time we never had an argument. We had a few disagreements, but I can’t even remember those. It’s been a wonderful fellowship in our whole organization. There wouldn’t be a Billy Graham Evangelistic Association in the way it is today without him.

“He was used of the Lord more than anyone else to keep us together with his strength, energy, devotion and love for the Lord."

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