On Monday, December 3, 2012, Norman Miller, the prominent and beloved Christian music manager and founder of Proper Management, lost his battle to cancer. The 69-year-old husband and father had spent his entire adult life working in Christian music - from playing in a band in his 20's to founding a record label in the UK to forming Proper Management in 1983 and going on to represent some of the biggest names in Christian music.
Though his tireless work ethic and the bands his company represented in management, on tour and in production (like 2nd Chapter of Acts, Casting Crowns, Family Force 5, Fireflight, Francesca Battistelli, Michael W. Smith, Natalie Grant, Newsboys, Newsong, Nichole Nordeman, Point of Grace, PureNRG, and tobyMac, to name a few) are what he is most known to the public for, his legacy is the love he had for his Savior, his family and his friends.
Norman Miller is survived by his wife, Debbie, children, James and Alexandria Miller, all of Nashville and his sister Margaret Robson of England. His Celebration of Life service will be conducted by Dr. Michael L. Glenn at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, December 10, 2012 at Brentwood Baptist Church in Brentwood, Tennessee. Memorial contributions may be made to World Vision by mail at P.O. Box 70200, Tacoma, WA 98481 or by calling 800-777-5777. Please use the following number as a reference: 105429567.
Some of the artists whose lives were touched by Norman shared their thoughts about his passing on Twitter:
- Allan Hall of Selah - @allanhallonline
Praying for the family of Norman Miller, our wonderful manager who passed today. Heavy heart. Thank you, Norman, for your brilliant legacy.
- Andy Chrisman - @AndyChrisman
Sad to hear of the passing of Norman Miller tonight. Prayers for his family…
- Bart Millard - @BartMillard
A true hero of the faith passed away today. Norman Miller will be missed.
- CeCe Winans - @cecewinans
Live each day with a grateful heart! It's a gift so cherish it!Just heard about Norman Miller I loved him he was always kind to me :)
- Francesca Battistelli - @francescamusic
Heartbroken over the loss of my dear friend, mentor, and manager Norman Miller. Yet even as we mourn him, we rejoice that he is with Jesus.
- James Katina - @jameskatina
Praying tonight for the family & friends of Norman Miller. He will be missed!
- Jamie Grace - @jamiegraceh
heard that Norman Miller, friend & manager to many artists, went to be with Jesus yesterday. please keep his family & friends in ur prayers
- Jody McBrayer - @jodymcbrayer
My friend and manager Norman Miller past away tonight. He was a unique, upright man and he will be missed. My heart is heavy....
- Mark Hall - @markhallCC
Yesterday afternoon, our close friend and manager Norman Miller went to be with Jesus. He was a hero for Christian music and for us. Please pray for his family during this time.
- Megan Garrett - @MeganGarrett
Norman Miller, Crowns' dear friend & manager, left this world & entered eternity tonight.Though heavy hearted, I'm rejoicing in his healing!
- Melanie Hall - @melaniehallcc
I have no words to express the sorrow I feel over the passing of a very dear friend. Our manager Norman Miller.
- Natalie Grant - @NatalieGrant
Woke up this morning praying for the family of Norman Miller. Norman’s passion & visionary leadership were inspiring. He will be missed.
- Nichole Nordeman - @nicholenordeman
Crawling in bunk on the bus after an unbearably long night. Trusting that the arms of Jesus are big enough to hold Norman & my broken heart.
- Steven Curtis Chapman - @StevenCurtis
Praying for comfort for family of dear friend Norman Miller,a brilliant man who loved to tell THE STORY w/all he did..& his has only begun!
- Twila Paris - @twilaparis
My longtime manager, Norman Miller, went home to be with Jesus yesterday. His life was marked by courage and grace, and countless people have been blessed by the fruit of his soaring vision and very hard work.
We all rejoice with Norman that his race is won, but in the context of this earth I have lost a true friend and Christian Music has lost a great champion.
Please pray for the Miller family in their loss of a loving husband and father that they will know the deep comfort of their Father in heaven.
Please join me in prayer for the Miller family and friends. Condolences can be left for the family in his guestbook.