Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Gospel Music Industry Loses Gospel Artists From Life to Death

Gospel Music Industry Loses Gospel Artists From Life to Death

Willa Ward Royster,  sister of Clara Ward and original member of the Clara Ward Singers died this month at the age of 92.The Ward Singers began as a trio consisting of Mother Gertrude Ward and sisters Clara and Willa Ward in 1931. The Ward Singers would began touring nationally in 1943 and in later years would add the likes of Marion Williams, Henrietta Waddy, Kitty Parham, Esther Ford and  Frances Steadman.  Willa Ward chronicled her life and times with the group in her autobiography, How I Got Over in 1997. Source

The Lucy Smith Trio, Gladys Beamon Dies

Gladys Beamon Gregory, a member of the famed Little Lucy Smith Singers, died on August 12.
Gregory was born in Chicago in 1925 and she was a member of the original Lucy Smith Trio from All Nations Pentecostal Church on Chicago's South Side, whose founder and pastor, Elder Lucy Smith, was the first African American minister in Chicago to broadcast her worship services over the radio.
The Lucy Smith Trio became the Little Lucy Smith Singers (photo, right), with Smith, Gregory, Catherine Campbell, and Sarah McKissick.  Their sweet harmonies were captured on several singles for Leonard Allen's States label, including their hit, "Somebody Bigger Than You And I."  They also backed Singing Sammy Lewis on one single. Source

Andre Lester Mobley, 46, a founding member of the platinum selling-ensemble, Shekinah Glory Ministry, passed away on August 2nd from blood clot complications. This tragic death comes just weeks after another veteran member of the group, Pepe Epting, suddenly died of renal failure in June.
Mobley, who was born November 17, 1965, joined Valley Kingdom Ministries (the church home of Shekinah Glory Ministry and Kingdom Records) on April 5, 1992 when he played the organ during the 8 a.m. service. He played on three of Shekinah Glory Ministry’s hit recordings, including “Praise Is What I Do”, “Live” and “Jesus”. He did not play on the group’s forthcoming CD, “Surrender”, that was recorded live at Valley Kingdom this past April and will be released nationally on September 25th. Mobley’s survivors include two children, Andrea and Avery. Source


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