National Museum of Gospel Music

National Museum of Gospel Music Pilgrim Baptist Church will be the home site of The National Museum of Gospel Music. Plans for the 45,000 sq.ft museum are set to be completed in 2020.

ABC 7 Chicago Presents a Special Edition of 'Heart & Soul' | Chicago Defender
06/23/2019
ABC 7 Chicago Presents a Special Edition of 'Heart & Soul' | Chicago Defender

ABC 7 Chicago Presents a Special Edition of 'Heart & Soul' | Chicago Defender

ABC 7’s “Heart & Soul,” a news series that taps into Chicago’s vibrant African-American community, celebrates African American Music Appreciation Month and the Chicago Gospel Festival. Heart & Soul, hosted by Cheryl Burton and Hosea Sanders with Terrell Brown emceeing the gospel concert, wil...

Stellar Gospel Music Awards
06/21/2019

Stellar Gospel Music Awards

CHICAGO Gospel Music FANS.... Be sure to tune in to a special edition of Heart & Soul celebrating African American Music Appreciation Month airing June 23 at 11 PM CT on ABC 7.

04/28/2019
Mother Vernon Oliver Price (Medley)

Mother Vernon Oliver Price (Medley)

The Abounding Life Mass Choir and Musicians present: OLD TIME MUSICAL 2010 Featuring: Recording Artists: Sis. Vernon Oliver Price Dr. Cynthia Nunn Dr. Lou De...

04/20/2019
Steve Harvey

This is how we can turn the lights on for NMGM. Small contributions will make a difference. Text "Praise" to 312-728-7728.

This pastor gave his congregation a challenge - and was able to pay off the debts of over 30 students! Today he shared how he's still inspiring others. Watch more #SteveTvShow on SteveHarvey.com

Let's raise the Roof on NMGM on the former site of Pilgrim Baptist Church that was our Chicago tragedy of 1/06/06
04/16/2019

Let's raise the Roof on NMGM on the former site of Pilgrim Baptist Church that was our Chicago tragedy of 1/06/06

THIS is how a real leader responds to a tragedy.

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Famous Blackwood Brothers
04/14/2019
Famous Blackwood Brothers

Famous Blackwood Brothers

The famous news anchor, Walter Cronkite (1916-2009), had a famous signoff saying that went, "And that's the way it is: these are the events that tend to alter and illuminate our times, and you were there." The reason I share this is because there was another event where famous people were involved,....

04/13/2019
Amazing Grace Movie

Amazing Grace Movie

"I'm climbing / Higher Mountains / Trying to get home."
#AmazingGrace is in New York & Los Angeles April 5. Get Tickets: amazing-grace-movie.com

Gospel Duo 'Last Call' Sign Recording Contract - Bernews
04/13/2019
Gospel Duo 'Last Call' Sign Recording Contract - Bernews

Gospel Duo 'Last Call' Sign Recording Contract - Bernews

After hitting the #1 spot on the Billboard Gospel Airplay Chart, Bermudian gospel music duo ‘Last Call’ continue to make waves in the music world, with the talented duo announcing that they have now signed a recording contract. “Fred ‘Uncle Freddie’ Jerkins III, President of DarkChild Gosp...

MOVIE PICK: Aretha Franklin's 'Amazing Grace' finally coming to theaters
04/09/2019
MOVIE PICK: Aretha Franklin's 'Amazing Grace' finally coming to theaters

MOVIE PICK: Aretha Franklin's 'Amazing Grace' finally coming to theaters

FLINT-- It is the biggest-selling album and the best-selling live gospel album of all time-- 'Amazing Grace. ' Aretha Franklin, known the world over as the Queen of Soul, recorded the live church service at The New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles, California over two nights in Januar...

Chart-Topper Koryn Hawthorne Celebrates First Billboard Music Awards Nominations, Stellar Awards and NAACP Image Awards ...
04/09/2019
Chart-Topper Koryn Hawthorne Celebrates First Billboard Music Awards Nominations, Stellar Awards and NAACP Image Awards Wins

Chart-Topper Koryn Hawthorne Celebrates First Billboard Music Awards Nominations, Stellar Awards and NAACP Image Awards Wins

Chart-topper Koryn Hawthorne continues to amass a series of firsts, garnering nods for the 2019 Billboard Music Awards with triple nominations across all Gospel categories: Top Gospel Artist, Top Gospel Album (Unstoppable), and Top Gospel Song (“Won't He Do It”). Fresh off first-time wins at the S...

04/07/2019
Set Apart and Chosen

Text "Praise" to 312-728-7728 to donate to Raise the Roof on NMGM.

Praise Him | Anthony Brown w/ Fellowship Chorale

'Make Room' For Gospel Artist Jonathan McReynolds
04/04/2019
'Make Room' For Gospel Artist Jonathan McReynolds

'Make Room' For Gospel Artist Jonathan McReynolds

Sunday, April 7 Acoustic guitarist and Chicago-based gospel artist Jonathan McReynolds won big at the recent Stellar Gospel Music Awards. McReynolds won

Jonathan McReynolds Wins Big at Stellar Gospel Music Awards
04/01/2019
Jonathan McReynolds Wins Big at Stellar Gospel Music Awards

Jonathan McReynolds Wins Big at Stellar Gospel Music Awards

Jonathan McReynolds was the top winner at the Stellar Gospel Music Awards, taking home six trophies during a ceremony that included a posthumous tribute to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin.

Stellar Awards: Gospel music’s biggest night
03/28/2019
Stellar Awards: Gospel music’s biggest night

Stellar Awards: Gospel music’s biggest night

This year’s Stellar Gospel Music Awards will include a posthumous tribute to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. The Aretha Franklin ICON Award will be presented.

03/21/2019
GOD TV PH

GOD TV PH

I will never be tired of watching this. May all the praise and glory to our GOD. 💓

03/14/2019
ChoirBuzz

ChoirBuzz

Just in case you need something to brighten your day😍😍😍 Let's show our friends from the New Direction Choir some love for their performance of "What a Time"❤️

03/11/2019
Amazing Grace Movie

Amazing Grace Movie

You haven't seen anything yet. Amazing Grace is In Theaters April 5. #AmazingGrace

03/10/2019
"My Help" sung by the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir in HD

"My Help" sung by the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir in HD

My Help: written by Jackie Gouche Farris. On the Brooklyn Tabernacle album "High and Lifted up." Year 1999. [Verse] I will lift up mine eyes to the hills fro...

Rainbow PUSH Coalition
03/09/2019

Rainbow PUSH Coalition

The Howard Gospel Choir of Howard University join us this Saturday for the International #SMF! Get Ready! #HBCU you know! Howard University. #KeepHopeAlive!

03/08/2019
ChoirBuzz

ChoirBuzz

Must watch video of The Aeolians (The Choir that “Broke ACDA”) performing at the 2019 American Choral Directors Association National Conference! Please enjoy this epic performance of them singing Marques L. A. Garrett's 'Hold On', conducted by Jason Max Ferdinand!

02/22/2019
Black History Month: Saluting Don Jackson

The visionary behind the Stellar Gospel Music Awards, Black Music Honors, Mentoring King, Black College Quiz, and more is being celebrated this month. Donald Jackson passion for gospel music and lifting up African-Americans is notable. Take a look at the man behind the vision.

NBC 5 is celebrating Black History Month with a look at one of Chicago's TV pioneers. Producer Don Jackson has been a fixture in Chicago for decades, and he has made strides for African-Americans in television and film that are still being felt today. NBC 5's Christian Farr has his incredible story....

02/18/2019
Behind The Music 101

Gospel music is magical for many!

Lillie McCloud - Crowd-Surprising Cover of CeCe Winans' "Alabaster Box"

02/12/2019
The Aeolians

The Aeolians

In celebration of Black History Month, here is our interpretation of “Lift Every Voice and Sing” arranged by Roland M. Carter.

The Aeolians are headed to South Africa for the 2018 World Choir Games! However, we need YOUR help to make this trip possible. Next week we will release more information on how you can contribute, so stay tuned! Be blessed and Happy Sabbath.

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02/04/2019

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Mahalia Jackson (October 26, 1911 – January 27, 1972) was an American gospel singer. Possessing a powerful contralto voice, she was referred to as "The Queen of Gospel". She became one of the most influential gospel singers in the world and was heralded internationally as a singer and civil rights activist. She was described by entertainer Harry Belafonte as "the single most powerful black woman in the United States". She recorded about 30 albums (mostly for Columbia Records) during her career, and her 45 rpm records included a dozen "golds"—million-sellers.

"I sing God's music because it makes me feel free", Jackson once said about her choice of gospel, adding, "It gives me hope. With the blues, when you finish, you still have the blues.”

She was born on October 26, 1911, as Mahala Jackson and nicknamed "Halie". Jackson grew up in the Black Pearl section of the Carrollton neighborhood of uptown New Orleans. The three-room dwelling on Pitt Street housed thirteen people and a dog. This included Little Mahala (named after her aunt, Mahala Clark-Paul whom the family called Aunt Duke); her brother Roosevelt Hunter, whom they called Peter; and her mother Charity Clark, who worked as both a maid and a laundress. Several aunts and cousins lived in the house as well. Aunt Mahala was given the nickname "Duke" after proving herself the undisputed "boss" of the family. The extended family (the Clarks) consisted of her mother's siblings: Isabell, Mahala, Boston, Porterfield, Hannah, Alice, Rhoda, Bessie, their children, grandchildren, and patriarch Rev. Paul Clark, a former slave. Jackson's father, John A. Jackson Sr., was a stevedore (dockworker) and a barber who later became a Baptist minister. He fathered five other children besides Mahalia: Wilmon (older) and then Yvonne, Edna, Pearl and Johnny Jr. (by his marriage shortly after Halie's birth). Her father's sister, Jeanette Jackson-Burnett, and her husband, Josie, were vaudeville entertainers. Their son, her cousin Edward, shared stories and records of Ma Rainey, Mamie Smith and Bessie Smith, whose voices and blues singing impressed her so much that she would imitate their ways of bending and coloring notes. (Her voice and singing style would be compared to Bessie Smith's all her life.)

In 1927, at the age of 16, Jackson moved to Chicago, Illinois, in the midst of the Great Migration. After her first Sunday school service, where she had given an impromptu performance of her favorite song, "Hand Me Down My Silver Trumpet, Gabriel", she was invited to join the Greater Salem Baptist Church Choir. She began touring the city's churches and surrounding areas with the Johnson Gospel Singers, one of the earliest professional gospel groups. In 1929, Jackson met the composer Thomas A. Dorsey, known as the Father of Gospel Music. He gave her musical advice, and in the mid-1930s they began a 14-year association of touring, with Jackson singing Dorsey's songs in church programs and at conventions. His "Take My Hand, Precious Lord" became her signature song.

In 1936, Jackson married Isaac Lanes Grey Hockenhull ("Ike"), a graduate of Fisk University and Tuskegee Institute who was 10 years her senior. She refused to sing secular music, a pledge she would keep throughout her professional life. She was frequently offered money to do so and she divorced Isaac in 1941 because of his unrelenting pressure on her to sing secular music and his addiction to gambling on racehorses.

In 1950, Jackson became the first gospel singer to perform at Carnegie Hall when Joe Bostic produced the Negro Gospel and Religious Music Festival. She started touring Europe in 1952 and was hailed by critics as the "world's greatest gospel singer". In Paris she was called the Angel of Peace, and throughout the continent she sang to capacity audiences. The tour, however, had to be cut short due to exhaustion. She began a radio series on CBS and signed to Columbia Records in 1954. A writer for DownBeat music magazine stated on November 17, 1954: "It is generally agreed that the greatest spiritual singer now alive is Mahalia Jackson." Her debut album for Columbia was The World's Greatest Gospel Singer, recorded in 1954, followed by a Christmas album called Sweet Little Jesus Boy and Bless This House in 1956.

With her mainstream success, Jackson was criticized by some gospel purists who complained about her hand-clapping and foot-stomping and about her bringing "jazz into the church". She had many notable accomplishments during this period, including her performance of many songs in the 1958 film St. Louis Blues, singing "Trouble of the World" in 1959's Imitation of Life, and recording with Percy Faith. When she recorded The Power and the Glory with Faith, the orchestra arched their bows to honor her in solemn recognition of her great voice. She was the main attraction in the first gospel music showcase at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1957, which was organized by Joe Bostic and recorded by the Voice of America and performed again in 1958 (Newport 1958). She was also present at the opening night of Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music in December 1957. In 1961, she sang at John F. Kennedy's inaugural ball. She recorded her second Christmas album Silent Night (Songs for Christmas) in 1962. By this time, she had also become a familiar face to British television viewers as a result of short films of her performing that were occasionally shown.

At the March on Washington in 1963, Jackson sang in front of 250,000 people "How I Got Over" and "I Been 'Buked and I Been Scorned". Martin Luther King Jr. made his famous "I Have a Dream" speech there. She also sang "Take My Hand, Precious Lord" at his funeral after he was assassinated in 1968. She sang to crowds at the 1964 New York World's Fair and was accompanied by "wonderboy preacher" Al Sharpton. She toured Europe again in 1961

Jackson's last album was What The World Needs Now (1969). The next year, in 1970, she and Louis Armstrong performed "Just a Closer Walk with Thee" and "When the Saints Go Marching In" together. She ended her career in 1971 with a concert in Germany, and when she returned to the U.S., made one of her final television appearances on The Flip Wilson Show. She devoted much of her time and energy to helping others. She established the Mahalia Jackson Scholarship Foundation for young people who wanted to attend college. For her efforts in helping international understanding, she received the Silver Dove Award. Chicago remained her home until the end. She opened a beauty parlor and a florist shop with her earnings, while also investing in real estate ($100,000 a year at her peak).

Jackson played an important role during the civil rights movement. In August 1956, she met Ralph Abernathy and Martin Luther King Jr. at the National Baptist Convention. A few months later, both King and Abernathy contacted her about coming to Montgomery, Alabama, to sing at a rally to raise money for the bus boycott. They also hoped she would inspire the people who were getting discouraged with the boycott.

Despite death threats, Jackson agreed to sing in Montgomery. Her concert was on December 6, 1956. By then, the U.S. Supreme Court had ruled in Browder v. Gayle that bus segregation was unconstitutional. In Montgomery, the ruling was not yet put into effect, so the bus boycott continued. At this concert she sang "I've Heard of a City Called Heaven", "Move On Up a Little Higher" and "Silent Night". There was a good turnout at the concert and they were happy with the amount of money raised. However, when she returned to the Abernathy's home, it had been bombed. The boycott finally ended on December 21, 1956, when federal injunctions were served, forcing Montgomery to comply with the court ruling.

Although Jackson was internationally known and had moved up to the northern states, she still encountered racial prejudice. One account of this was when she tried to buy a house in Chicago. Everywhere she went, the white owners and real estate agents would turn her away, claiming the house had already been sold or they changed their minds about selling. When she finally found a house, the neighbors were not happy. Shots were fired at her windows and she had to contact the police for protection. White families started moving out and black families started moving in. Everything remained the same in her neighborhood except for the skin color of the residents.

Jackson died on January 27, 1972, at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park, Illinois, of heart failure and diabetes complications. Two cities paid tribute: Chicago and New Orleans. Beginning in Chicago, outside the Greater Salem Baptist Church, 50,000 people filed silently past her mahogany, glass-topped coffin in final tribute to the queen of gospel song. The next day, as many people who could—6,000 or more—filled every seat and stood along the walls of a city public concert hall, the Arie Crown Theater of McCormick Place, for a two-hour funeral service. Her pastor, Rev. Leon Jenkins, Mayor Richard J. Daley and Mrs. Coretta Scott King eulogized her during the Chicago funeral as "a friend – proud, black and beautiful". Sammy Davis Jr. and Ella Fitzgerald paid their respects. Joseph H. Jackson, president of the National Baptist Convention, U.S.A., Inc., delivered the eulogy at the Chicago funeral. Aretha Franklin closed the Chicago rites with a moving rendition of "Precious Lord, Take My Hand".

Three days later, a thousand miles away, the scene repeated itself: again the long lines, again the silent tribute, again the thousands filling the great hall of the Rivergate Convention Center in downtown New Orleans this time. Mayor Moon Landrieu and Louisiana Governor John J. McKeithen joined gospel singer Bessie Griffin. Dick Gregory praised Jackson's "moral force" as the main reason for her success. Lou Rawls sang "Just a Closer Walk With Thee". The funeral cortège of 24 limousines drove slowly past her childhood place of worship, Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, where her recordings played through loudspeakers. The procession made its way to Providence Memorial Park in Metairie, Louisiana, where she was entombed.

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