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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.
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 [...]