Marlon D. Saunders Presents: AMY WILSON SINGS MAHALIA JACKSON
Date : May 11, 2013
Time : 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Marlon Saunders Presents: AMY WILSON SINGS MAHALIA JACKSON
Saturday, May 11 - 7:30pm
Tickets - $10 / $5 (students with ID)
When I think of the gospel singer who has stirred the hearts of many, I first think of Mahalia Jackson. Mahalia's rich tones and vocal interpretation has influenced many a great singer. Possessing a powerful contralto voice, she was referred to as “The Queen of Gospel.”
Mahalia became one of the most influential gospel singers in the world and was heralded internationally as a singer and civil rights activist. She was described byentertainer Harry Belafonte as "the single most powerful black woman in the United States." Mahalia recorded about 30 albums (mostly for Columbia Records) during her career, and her 45 rpm records included a dozen “gold records”.
Mahalia mentored Aretha Franklin and is credited with discovering Della Reese. She was also good friends with gospel legends Dorothy Norwood, Albertina Walker and of course Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King.
When I decided to put a program together honoring the music of Mahalia Jackson, I immediately knew that my cousin, Amy Wilson would be the voice that is to stir our hearts. Like Mahalia, Cousin Amy possesses a rich contralto that goes right to the heart of the matter...delivering the lyrics and melodies with such finesse that one cannot help but to be moved. Cousin Amy is known throughout the Eastern Shore in the black
church community for “bringing the house down” in song. I am so honored and very excited to be sitting at the piano accompanying my cousin Amy Wilson as she interprets amazing gospel songs that were made popular by none other than the great Mahalia Jackson.
- Marlon D. Saunders
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Kent County Arts Council & Black Honey Records
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