The music world lost one of its favorite sons when bass legend Jackie Street died suddenly of complications from diabetes on February 17 at the age of 48. Street may not have been a household name as an artist, but in Nashville—and among attentive Christian music fans— he was regarded as one of the most soulful and versatile bassists on the scene, and one of the most genuinely nice guys you’d ever want to meet. He lent his low-end prowess to projects by Amy Grant, Jaci Velasquez, Michael W. Smith, Natalie Grant, country stars Little Big Town, and hundreds more.

“Street was a fierce musician, but more than that, he had this kind and gentle way about him,” Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild recently told The Tennessean. Affirmed Amy Grant, “That sweet man was one of the best bass players this town has ever seen.”

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