Blues, gospel singer Sease dies in Vicksburg at age 64

Published 11:06 am Wednesday, February 9, 2011

A blues and gospel singer who had been living in Vicksburg died Tuesday at River Region Medical Center.

Marvin Matthew Sease Sr. was 64 years old.

Born in Blacksville, S.C., Sease would have turned 65 on Feb. 16.

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“He was a good person, a kind person,” said his son and manager Mark Sease. “He was very outgoing. He loved his fans.”

Mark Sease, who had been managing his father’s music business called Early Records for the past 20 years, said his father had been in the music industry for more than 50 years, starting out as a gospel artist singing with a group called The Five Gospel Crowns in South Carolina.

“He got his first record deal in 1987,” he said. “He was a headlining act.”

Marvin Sease formed his own R&B group with his three brothers, Favor Sease, William Sease and Johnnie Sease.

Marvin Sease, whose biggest hits were “Candy Licker” and “Ghetto Man,” moved to Vicksburg in August 2008 from New York for business purposes, his son said.

“He toured all over the country,” Mark Sease said, adding that his father also has played in Japan and Jamaica.

W.H. Jefferson Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.