Essential Mahalia Jackson

  1. Mahalia - Five Selections Mahalia Jackson 18:54


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Mahalia Jackson (October 26, 1911 – January 27, 1972). 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.”   [Source: ]

This is a “mix “of five songs from the two CD set “Essential Mahalia”; all recordings are live performances.

0:00 How I Got Over
6:03 Walk All Over God’s Heaven
8:38 My God is Real
12:14 I Can Put My Trust in Jesus
15:30 Elisha Rock