Nashville, TN - Nashville-based CCM/Southern Gospel artist, Jonathan Pierce, has died at the age of 49 while recovering from heart surgery.
Jonathan Pierce Edward Loveheart Hildreth is an American gospel/CCM singer from Odessa, Texas. Pierce began singing in church at age seven and took voice lessons from age nine. Following his graduation from high school, he relocated to Nashville, Tennessee, where he sang with the Christ Church Choir. Naomi Judd introduced him to The Imperials, who offered him a spot. He was with them for three years (1990–93), until he was offered a position with the Gaither Vocal Band. He remained with them for three years (1994–97).
Jonathan released several albums on Curb Records. In 1999, he was nominated for five Gospel Music Association's Dove Awards for Song of the Year and Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year for "I Believe In Christ", Inspirational Song of the Year for "Farther Than Your Grace Can Reach", and Male Vocalist of the Year. His 2000 release, Sanctuary, hit No. 35 on the Billboard Top Contemporary Christian Albums chart.
Pierce appeared in the part of Joseph in the Nashville revival of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in December 1999.
Jonathan passed away on May 10, 2020 while recovering from heart surgery.