Gospel music artist and pioneer Shirley Joiner passed away on Monday, March 16th. Joiner was the co-founder and co-director of the Southeast Inspirational Choir which launched the career of Yolanda Adams with the hit “My Liberty”.
My husband has fond memories of Shirley Joiner and her daughter Recee. They held a gospel music workshop at his father’s church a while back and he took voice lessons with Recee at Joiner’s studio in Houston.
When the Southeast Inspirational Choir was first introduced it was very big here in Houston. My mom constantly talked about the choir and the impact it had. She said everyone was surprised when the very tall and skinny Yolanda Adams stepped up to the mike and surprised everyone with her voice.
Shirley Joiner will be missed. She left her mark on gospel music and the staff of 1800Gospel.com extends our sincerest sympathy to the family.