Bob Laughton informed TBGB today that Clara Walker, formerly of the Gospel Redeemers, died this past Sunday in New York. In the 1960s, Walker had her own gospel record label, Clar-Mar, releasing her own music and that of other gospel artists.

The Heavenly Choir just got another stone singer. Our sympathies to the family and friends of Clara Walker, THE Gospel Redeemer.

Check out Clara and the Gospel Redeemers via YouTube:


  1. Oliver October 16, 2007 at 4:25 am - Reply

    I remember seeing Clara Walker and the Gospel Redeemers several times and she, as the lead singer, was a wonderful gospel singer. She’d always bring down the house with her most famous tune, “Rapped, Tied and Tangled.”

    I saw her at the Apollo and in Central Park in a big gospel concert. She was a truly dedicated performer and had tremendous stage presence.

    Once you saw her, you’d never forget her.

  2. Anonymous July 20, 2008 at 5:18 am - Reply

    I don’t really remember Clara that well but my mom was one of the Gospel Redeemers. I Remember them performing and all the stories my mom had of those days.

  3. Anonymous January 17, 2014 at 4:29 am - Reply

    awww!!! mii mom was one of the Gospel Redeemers also. she has told me alot of stories about traveling and singing with the Late Great Clara Walker. She was annoited and always brought down the house.

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