Sneed was 52 years old.
Known for his gospel radio hits, including “My Heart Says Yes” and “Worked It Out”, Sneed died on Monday in a hospital in Jacksonville, Florida.
“Troy was like a brother to me,” said Mike Chandler, CEO of Rejoice! The Musical Soul Food radio network said in a statement. “He was a businessman. He was a husband; he was a father. He was an industry leader, so it’s not just my loss, it’s a loss for the whole industry. “
“He was one of the most talented men in our industry, but most of all Troy was a good person and he did a lot of good work,” said Chandler. “He will miss the world. “
But three separate injuries in his junior and senior years ended his dream and the doctors advised him to give up the game.
After graduating from high school, Sneed enrolled at Florida A&M University as an education major with a minor in music. He joined the university choir and became active in gospel music.
The school’s gospel counselor, Prince J.D. Olds, recognized Sneed’s leadership and musical qualities and appointed him choir’s music minister. During this period, Sneed traveled with the choir while performing with gospel luminaries such as James Moore, LaShun Pace, Dorothy Norwood and the Reverend James Cleveland.
After graduating from FAMU, Sneed taught at Jacksonville’s Beach Elementary School until Reverend Milton Biggham, director of Savoy Records, offered him a job as assistant music minister at the Georgia Mass Choir.
During his ten-year tenure, Sneed played and arranged music on albums and appeared with them in the 1996 film “The Preacher’s Wife”, starring Denzel Washington and Whitney Houston.
Youth for Christ’s 1999 album “Higher” earned Sneed a Grammy nomination.
The same year, Sneed released their first solo gospel album “Call Jesus” on Savoy Records and a follow-up project.
He then decided to start the business for himself.
In 2003, Sneed and his wife, Emily (whom he met at FAMU), formed their own recording label, Emtro (a mixture of their first names) and obtained a national distribution with GoDigi Path.
Over the years, Sneed has written songs and produced projects for a variety of other artists who have been released by Emtro, including “Call Jesus” for Bruce Parham and the Arkansas Mass Choir hit, “You Alone”.
In 2007, Sneed concentrated on his own music and won his first Billboard solo hit Top Ten with the upbeat song, “Hallelujah”.
He would continue to place a dozen songs on various Billboard gospel boards. Her biggest hits include “My Heart Says Yes” (2011) and “Work It Out” (2008), both of which ranked second on Billboard’s Hot Gospel Songs charts.
Her latest album “All My Best” was released last fall and included 12 of her radio gospel songs.
Sneed is survived by his 27-year-old wife and their four children, Troy Jr., Evany, Trey and Tyler.