By Bob Marovich Although better known as a television actor and pop singer, Della Reese made her early foray into professional music as a gospel singer. As a teenager, she worked with Mahalia Jackson and, later, with Brown’s Inspirational Singers (Indianapolis) and the Meditation Singers (Detroit). Maureen O’Donnell’s obituary in the Chicago Sun-Times offers a look at the decades-spanning career of Della Reese. Read it here: Della Reese. The Journal of Gospel Music salutes the late Della Reese with this clip of her singing “Lonelyville” in the 1958 film, Let’s Rock.Read More »
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The Archives of African American Music and Culture (AAAMC) at Indiana University reports that it is offering online access to interviews and panel discussions videotaped as part of the conference, “Why We Sing: Indianapolis Gospel Music in Church, Community, and Industry,” which took place on the IU Bloomington campus in November 2011. Also included are interviews with Carla Poindexter (audio), Kenneth Woods Jr. (audio), and Rev. Melvin B. Girton (video) conducted before and after the conference. To gain online access to the interviews and panel discussions, click here: http://bit.ly/1qnZicL. Established in 1991, the AAAMC is a repository of materials covering ...Read More »
Sallie and Cora Martin Just A Little Talk with Jesus Gospel Friend (release date: September 16, 2014) www.cityhallrecords.com By Bob Marovich Sallie Martin, the Mother of Gospel Music, paved the way for those who paved the way. A no-nonsense singer, group leader, choir director, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, Martin helped Thomas A. Dorsey sell his catalog of songs before going into business with Kenneth Morris in 1940 to form the Martin & Morris Music Studio. It is in 1940, when Sallie was a member of the Martin & Morris Singers, where Just A Little Talk With Jesus, Gospel Friend’s superb twelve-year ...Read More »