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.