God’s Way

Sara Jordan Powell is unquestionably a giant of gospel music. She made some classic albums in the ’70s, produced by gospel patriarch James Cleveland. Yet, demonstrating the curiously fragmentary nature of gospel music research Sara’s major contribution to gospel music history is not mentioned in gospel histories written by Tony Heilbut, Viv Broughton, Horace Clarence Boyer and Steve Turner. Only Bil Carpenter’s Uncloudy Days: The Gospel Music Encyclopedia rightly recognized that “Sara Jordan Powell’s recognition within the COGIC denomination is iconic” and that the singer is loved for her “semi-operatic soprano and her ear-piercing gymnastics.” 

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She told Joseph Middleton in an interview, “I believe the older gospel should be preserved because it is timeless. I believe young people need to relate to it because it is our heritage. Gifts and talents are a sacred trust which should never be abused.” 

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