Tag Archives: Dr. Mattie Moss Clark

Announcing ChicaGO REACH Gospel Workshop 2021 Summer Popups

Sponsored Post: This summer, ChicaGO REACH Gospel Workshops are continuing with online learning through its Summer Gospel Popshops, which will feature amazing young and legendary instructors/mentors. Here are some of the highlights: – Sopranos Monica Perdue and Felicia Coleman-Evans will do vocal coaching, and Felicia will speak about the music of Fellowship “The Ship” Church Chicago, alongside Fellowship’s longtime music minister, Dr. Lou Della Evans-Reid. – Young historian and editor of The Coffee Table Talk gospel magazine Eric Maurice Clark will lead sessions on “Recurring Themes and Meanings Behind Gospel Lyrics” and share gospel quartet gems. – Karen Burke, co-founder ...

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RIP: Dr. Douglas Miller, Singer, Songwriter, Choir Director

By Robert M. Marovich The Journal of Gospel Music was saddened to hear of the passing of Dr. Douglas Miller, a choir director, singer, songwriter, and contributor to the International Music Department of the Church of God in Christ. The following is a brief bio I wrote for the Malaco Music Group website. UPDATE: Special thanks to Dr. Miller’s sister, Pastor Sylvia Miller Allen, for providing updates and corrections to the bio. Dr. Douglas Foster Lane Miller was born on New Year’s Eve, 1949, in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, to Theodore and Naomi Miller. They were active in the local First Born ...

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RIP: Ora Watkins-Jones (Southwest Michigan State Choir of COGIC)

By Robert M. Marovich Marcel West of Detroit informed JGM of the passing of Mother Ora Watkins-Jones, stalwart lead vocalist for the Southwest Michigan State Choir of the Church of God in Christ, under the direction of Dr. Mattie Moss Clark. Of a choir with more than 100 members, a few names stood out from the pack. Rose Marie Rimson-Brown. LaBarbara Whitehead. Vanessa Bell Armstrong. The Clark Sisters. Donald Vails. And Ora Watkins-Jones. Mother Watkins-Jones is perhaps best known for her vocal contribution, with Rimson-Brown (who passed away earlier this year), on the Southwest Michigan State Choir’s first radio hit, ...

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RIP: Rose Marie Rimson Brown, “Songbird of Michigan”

By Bob Marovich The gospel music community mourns the loss of Rose Marie Rimson Brown. Detroit gospel music historian Marcel West informed JGM of the passing of the beloved soloist of the Southwest Michigan State Choir of the Church of God in Christ, the choir directed by Dr. Mattie Moss Clark. Known as “The Songbird of Michigan,” Mrs. Rimson Brown was lead vocalist on some of the Southwest Michigan State Choir’s most popular songs, most notably “I Thank You Lord” and “I’ll Never Turn Back” (both with Ora Watkins) and “Write My Name Above.” She was also a member of ...

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Kierra Sheard – Kierra

Kierra Sheard Kierra Karew Records & Entertainment / Provident Label Group / RCA Inspiration (release date: April 17, 2020) www.rcainspiration.com By Bob Marovich In a scene from the LIFETIME biopic The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel, Dr. Mattie Moss Clark stands before top officials of the Church of God in Christ who question her participation in a “worldly” musical presentation. In response, Clark challenges their inflexibility and intolerance. Pushing the musical envelope is a family tradition, and Kierra Sheard, Dr. Clark’s granddaughter, is the latest in the Clark-Moss dynasty to challenge convention. But it has taken an emotional toll ...

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