Christian singer/songwriter/comedian Aaron Wilburn passed away earlier today following a multi-week battle with COVID-19. He was 70 years old.
Born July 9, 1950, in Ardmore, Alabama, he first gained national attention as a band member of The Happy Goodman Family. Playing rhythm guitar and often singing as a guest soloist during the group’s appearances, Aaron traveled with the legendary family group during the early 1970s.
It was also during Aaron’s time with The Happy Goodman Family that his talent as a songwriter began moving to the forefront of Gospel music. Throughout Aaron’s five decades of songwriting, he either wrote or co-wrote many of Gospel music’s most beloved songs, including “Four Days Late,” “Home,” “It Won’t Rain Always,” “That Sounds Like Home To Me,” “What A Beautiful Day (For The Lord To Come Again),” and dozens more.
Aaron’s ability to present family-friendly comedy was quickly discovered as he developed the solo career that he enjoyed for more than 40 years. By blending humorous tales with quick one-liners and a seemingly endless repertoire of comical songs, Aaron was able to share his talents in Gospel concerts, church services, secular conventions, corporate banquets, and events of all sizes throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, and numerous other countries. Frequently seen on Bill Gaither’s Homecoming Concerts and videos, Aaron was also a pioneering Christian performer on YouTube, quickly garnering more than 4,000,000 views in the video sharing website’s earliest days.
During his career, Aaron was honored with several No. 1 songs, multiple Dove Awards, and numerous Grammy nominations. Two songs, “What A Beautiful Day (For The Lord To Come Again)” and “Four Days Late,” were voted as “Song Of The Year” by subscribers of Singing News Magazine in 1975 and 2001, respectively.
Funeral arrangements are pending. The Wilburn family appreciates your prayers.