RIP: Verline Rogers (Meditation Singers)

Verline Rogers (left) and Laura Lee (right) at the International Gospel Music Hall of Fame and Museum induction ceremony in Detroit. Photo courtesy of Laura Lee.

By Bob Marovich

JGM was saddened to learn from Laura Lee and Marcel West that soprano Verline Rogers of the Meditation Singers passed from labor to reward on August 27, 2020, after an extended illness. She was living in Las Vegas at the time of her passing.

Rogers was a member of the Meditation Singers of Detroit, a female group headed by Ernestine Rundless. She appears to have joined the group sometime in the early 1960s and recorded with them throughout the decade. In addition to Rogers, other members of the group over the years included R&B stars Della Reese and Laura Lee Rundless (aka Laura Lee).

Homegoing information will be posted when available. In the meantime, JGM extends its sympathies to Ms. Rogers’ family, friends, and many fans.

About Bob Marovich

Bob Marovich is a gospel music historian, author, and radio host. Founder of Journal of Gospel Music blog (formally The Black Gospel Blog) and producer of the Gospel Memories Radio Show.

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