Hemphill passed away on Wednesday (09Dec15) in Nashville, Tennessee. Her cause of death was not released as WENN went to press.

She started her career with gospel group the Happy Goodman Family, and first performed at Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium at the age of nine.

The singer married Joel Hemphill in 1957 and they co-founded gospel duo The Hemphills in 1966. They won a number of Dove Awards, which are organised by the Gospel Music Association (GMA), between the 1970s and 1990s and they scored hits with songs including I Claim The Blood, He's Still Working on Me and Consider the Lillies.

The Hemphills line-up expanded to include their three children Joey, Trent and Candy.