The New SpiritualairesThe self-titled debut CD of The New Spiritualaires (of Toledo, Ohio) is going to get the attention of a lot of Radio Angels and fans. The members of The New Spiritualaires are seasoned vocalists and musicians. And, they share their awesome talents with the world on this 10 song CD.

The group was organized in 2008 when several members of The Gospel Highlights (of Toledo) decided to chart a new course for their ministry. Since then, the group has performed at concerts in and around Toledo. The performances allowed the group to sharpen their skills and develop their own unique style.

The lead singers are Willie Miller and Robert Campbell, Jr. The other members are Calvin Moore, Jerry Hollowell, and Kenny Campbell, Sr.

Throughout the entire CD the production is extremely smooth and representative of great care on the part of the producers, The Spiritualaires. Like many other groups, the guys take advantage of updated arrangements and give old standards a fresh sound. Just listen to “When I Need Him Most,” “You Don’t Know” and “He’s My Rock.”

In fact, listen to all of the songs from the CD during the Quartet Mix broadcast at Gloryland Gospel Quartet Radio beginning October 25, 2010.

The Queen of Gospel - Ms. Albertina Walker

The Queen of Gospel, legendary gospel singer Albertina Walker died this morning, October 8, 2010, at 4:30 AM, at RML Specialty Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. She was 81. She had been hospitalized in a Chicago since August.

Ms. Walker was born in Chicago. She began singing, as many other great singers, in the choir of her church, West Point Baptist Church. She began singing at the age of 4.

Ms. Walker’s mentor, Mahalia Jackson, encouraged her to pursue a gospel singing career. And, what a career it was. She was an outstanding soloist. She organized The Caravans in 1952. She would go on to obtain worldwide popularity as the initial lead signer for The Caravans.

The gospel music industry and the world have lost an awesome singer and songwriter. In addition she was a an extraordinary humanitarian. She was the embodiment of Gospel Royalty. She will certainly be missed.

Funeral arrangements will be posted here and at Quartet Central Message Board as soon as they are received. Also, see the Press Release from MALACO Group.

updated – Monday, October 11, 2010

The Funeral Arrangements for Ms. Albertina Walker:

Thursday, October 14, 2010
9:00 AM.-6:00 PM
West Point Baptist Church
35th and Cottage Grove
Chicago, IL

Musical Salute
Thursday, October 14, 2010
7:00 PM
Apostolic Church of God
63rd and Dorchester
Chicago, IL

Home Going Services

Visitation at Church
Friday, October 15, 2010
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
West Point Baptist Church
36th and Cottage Grove
Chicago, IL

Celebration of Life Services
Friday, October 15, 2010
11:00 AM
West Point Baptist Church
36th and Cottage Grove
Chicago, IL
Senior Pastor Rev. Dr. L. Bernard Jakes officiating

Online Guestbook

Dr. Albertina Walker Celebration Of Life Website

Doc McKenzie & The Hi-LitesHere’s a trivia question for you. How many quartet gospel groups on the road today perform at various County or State Fairs? The question is not how often they perform at the ‘fairground.’ For many programs across the south are often held in buildings and fields at the local (or state) fairground. But, how many gospel quartet groups actually perform while the Fair is going on?

There may be a few, if that many. Well, there is one quartet gospel group that has the privilege of performing tonight (as the main musical event) during the 100th Anniversary Celebration of The Halifax Virginia County Fair in South Boston, Virginia. That’s right a quartet gospel group will actually headline the Music program at the Fair. That group was none other than Doc McKenzie & The Hi-Lites.

Doc and the guys will perform tonight at the Fair’s Grandstand, 1188 James D. Hagood Highway (U.S. 360), South Boston, Virginia. The Grandstand seats 2,500. It is safe to say that the attendees are in for a special program tonight. The Hi-Lites are the kind of group that could make even fairgoers stand still and rejoice in the Lord.

Think about it, what other group on the road today have the repertoire from which they could draw to be entertaining and yet minister to fairgoers. One can only imagine that the Hi-Lites will probably sing “Hold On (to what you got),” “Just One Lifetime,” and of course “Love Train.”

This is the group’s first time performing at a County Fair. We are certain they will leave the crowd wanting more ‘good’ gospel quartet music.

PS: Let us know of any gospel quartet groups performing at local, county or state fairs in your part of the world.

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