Tag Archives: gospel music

The Apollas, 1966 (l-r): Ella Jamerson, Leola Jiles, and Billie Barnum.

Bay Area African American Women in Music: How Pittsburg Vocalist Leola Jiles Transitioned From Gospel to Pop

  During their debut at the Sweet Chariot – a nightclub in Manhattan, allegedly run by the Mafia, that presented African American gospel music to largely white audiences – the Bay Area gospel-singing group, the [...]
Odia Coates

Bay Area African American Women in Music: Odia Coates Never Forgot Her Roots in Gospel Music

When Odia Coates’ pastor at Prayer Garden Church of God in Christ in San Jose learned in 1966 that she was singing in nightclubs, he promptly kicked her out of the choir.
Dorothy Morrison

Bay Area African American Women in Music: Dorothy Morrison Still Performing 40 Years after “Oh Happy Day”

Dorothy Morrison, whose spirit-filled contralto lead vocals sparked the 1969 hit “Oh Happy Day” by the Edwin Hawkins Singers, sat in a semicircle last Thursday rehearsing “America the Beautiful,” “God Bless America” and other patriotic [...]
Late vocalist Sista Monica Parker.

Bay Area African American Women in Music: Sista Monica Saw No Contradiction in Blues and Gospel

The late vocalist Sista Monica Parker was blessed with an uncanny power to move people. She could bring audiences to tears, whether belting the blues on nightclub and festival stages or wailing gospel songs in [...]
Gospel recording artist Tramaine Hawkins.

Bay Area African American Women in Music: Tramaine Hawkins takes Gospel to Selma and the Symphony

As a teenager growing up in Berkeley during the 1960s, Tramaine Hawkins, the daughter of Ronald and Lois “the Pie Queen” Davis, was well aware of the Civil Rights Movement. She was too busy, however, [...]
Lady Bianca

Bay Area African American Women in Music: Lady Bianca Brings Urgency to Blues & Gospel

Whether wailing with her multi-octave pipes and rhythmically pumping piano in nightclubs and at blues festivals, or every Sunday morning at Oakland’s Taylor Memorial United Methodist Church, Lady Bianca infuses her songs with breathtaking urgency. [...]
The Rance Allen Group will perform at the Charles Reid Gospel Festival on Feb. 14 in Richmond.

Reid’s Records Honors Family Legacy with Charles Reid Gospel Festival

The fourth annual Charles Reid Gospel Festival will feature the powerhouse Rance Allen Group from Toledo, Ohio, and fast-rising gospel diva Le’Andria Johnson from the Atlanta suburb of Hapeville, Georgia, on Saturday, Feb. 14 at [...]
Bishop Paul Morton

FAME Oakland to Host Bishop Paul Morton

Rev. Dr. Harold R. Mayberry and the First African Methodist Church will host Bishop Paul Morton on Thursday, November 14th, 7pm in a one-night revival as the church celebrates 155 years of service – making [...]