NPR: Armen Boladian, Westbound Records & Sound of Gospel

Click on the link below to hear a seven and a half minute NPR “Fresh Air” feature on Detroit label owner Armen Boladian. Boladian started Westbound Records, where the Clark Sisters hit it big with their surprise club hit, “You Brought the Sunshine.”

In addition to Westbound, Boladian also launched the Sound of Gospel imprint. His extended foray into gospel music is given a brief footnote in the story, and Sound of Gospel is not even mentioned by name, but it should have been. Many great artists, including the Clark Sisters, Mattie Moss Clark, Voices of Tabernacle, Jerry Q. Parries, Thomas Whitfield, the St. James Choir and others have had Sound of Gospel releases. And the label’s Detroit Remembers retrospective collection? Off the hook.

To TBGB’s ears, Sound of Gospel LPs are worth picking up even if you are unfamiliar with the artist, because the production quality is consistently top-notch.

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.


  1. Wow! Very interesting.

    Thank you.

  2. Wow, glad you posted this. But Bob, this man has posted a number of errors in that report. From the Tom Moulton “unauthorized” hit to the Martha Jean “The Queen” Steinburg info regarding her employment. Ed got it all wrong, even all the way down to his little mentions of the Clark Sisters. People who know very little about gospel’s background always get the Clark Sisters twisted with the 1930’s white female quartet that recorded jazz with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. NOT THE SAME GROUP, folks. It’s probably why they closed the comments’ section on the NPR website related to the article.

  3. Hi! Thanks so much for your comments and for correcting the NPR story’s incorrect information. The Steinburg reference caught me as strange, too, but I thought perhaps I was missing some obscure part of her career! Obviously not!

  4. I’m trying to find F.A.M.E. The Anointing Is Here..where can I buy this CD? Thanks

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