Mahalia Jackson – The World Greatest Gospel Singer, CBS, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from hans thijs’ photostream

“A voice like this one comes not once in a century, but once in a millennium,” was how Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. described the singing of Mahalia Jackson, “The Queen of Gospel.” Jackson became one of the most influential gospel singers in the world with many firsts including being the first gospel singer to perform at New York’s Carnegie Hall (1950) and the first to win a Grammy Award in the category of Gospel Music or Other Religious Recording (1962). She won a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1972 (the year she died). Her influence extended far beyond gospel to many musical genres including rock, pop and soul. A civil rights activist, she sang in front of 250,000 people at the March on Washington in 1963.

October 26th is Jackson’s birthday and it will be celebrated with a concert in Pittsburgh on Friday, October 25th with Mahalia-Fest — a concert of songs made popular during her career of over 50 years. The songs of Mahalia will be performed live by over fourteen of the region’s most creative gospel singers, including Kim Lankford, Zanetta Wingfield, Sonya Carter, Barb Price, Marlene Davis, Jen Saffron, Deborah Hollis, Shirley Saxton, Lorraine Jackson Berry, Karen Rice, Diane Hobson, Yolanda Rodgers Howsie, Curtis Lewis Jr, Cheryl El Walker, Delbert “DVoice” Fullum, Lori Russo, and others.

A special feature of the evening will be the Lemington Seniors Community Gospel Choir.

Come join the celebration of the world’s greatest gospel singer on Friday night!

When: Friday, October 25, 2013 at 7:05 p.m.
Where: Olivet Baptist Church, 2312 Centre Avenue, 15219 in Pittsburgh’s Hill District (map)
Tickets: $20 (single) and $15 (two or more). Purchase online through brownpapertickets.com, or at Dorseys Records in Homewood, Stedefordes Records Northside, or at the door the day of the event.
Facebook Event Page: Here


Mahalia Jackson en spectacle à la Place des Nations…, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from Archives de la Ville de Montréal’s photostream