Jordan Phillips, Gregory Gay, and Anthony Heilbut informed TBGB that Evangelist Rosie Wallace died in Philadelphia died Friday, May 23, in Philadelphia at the age of 79.
A native Philadelphian, Wallace was a member of the Imperial Gospel Singers, a zesty female gospel group that included Anna Smallwood and sang with the verve of the Caravans, Davis Sisters, and Ward Singers. Among the Imperial Gospel Singers’ gospel hits were “My Father’s House” and “Lazarus.”
With eight members, Wallace organized the First Church of Love, Faith, and Deliverance in February 1962. She and the church choir recorded “God Cares,” a big hit for Savoy Records, in November 1963. Just weeks later, she recorded “A Light That Shines,” in memory of President John F. Kennedy.
As always, TBGB sends its love and hugs to the family and friends of Evangelist Wallace. A beloved singer who can never be replaced.
NOTE: See the comments for details on Wallace’s Homegoing Services.