Gospel music history: Albertina Walker on My Fox Chicago

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Aww, I enjoyed watching this video of Gospel music legend Albertina Walker interviewing on the Fox network. The footage of a young Albertina doing her thing was great to see.

According to the article on My Fox, Albertina’s mother went into labor with her while singing at Chicago’s West Point Baptist Church so Gospel music has been a big part of Albertina’s life from the very beginning. How befitting that now at 81 years old she is still singing Gospel music and has the distinction of mentoring such talent as Delores Washington, Shirley Caesar, James Cleveland, Cassietta George, Inez Andrews & so many more.

Albertina Walker, known as The Queen of Gospel Music,  has recorded over 60 CDs, has five gold records, 10 Grammy nominations, and one Grammy (1995). She is also a member of the Gospel Hall of Fame. The group she started when she was 22 years old, The Caravans, was very popular in their day.

On Monday, August 30, 2010 a benefit concert will be held at New Covenant M.B. Church in Chicago to raise money for the Albertina Walker Scholarship Foundation. Gospel music artists scheduled to attend are Shirley Caesar, Kim Burrell, Harvey Watkins of the Canton Spirituals, Percy Gray and Joshua’s Troop and Malcolm Williams and Great Faith.

The concert will be hosted by Dr. Bobby Jones and Pam Morris. Admission is free. A freewill offering will be raised.

The Albertina Walker Scholarship Foundation provides financial assistance to college students that have completed at least one year of music study. You can get more information on the scholarship and the Gospel music of Albertina Walker at her website.

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