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From the Soundboard #102

From the Soundboard #102

Playing tracks by

Mahalia Jackson .

From the Soundboard is a show that focuses on concerts regardless of genre. Artist and/or group perfecting the art of “call and response” with its audience. On Wednesday, January 23, we will focus on one of Martin Luther King's favorite artist, she was known worldwide as the "Queen of Gospel," Mahalia Jackson.

"General critical consensus holds Mahalia Jackson as the greatest gospel singer ever to live; a major crossover success whose popularity extended across racial divides, she was gospel's first superstar, and even decades after her death remains, for many listeners, a defining symbol of the music's transcendent power. With her singularly expressive contralto, Jackson continues to inspire the generations of vocalists who follow in her wake; among the first spiritual performers to introduce elements of blues into her music, she infused gospel with a sensuality and freedom it had never before experienced, and her artistry rewrote the rules forever." [Jason Ankeny - AMG]