Entries tagged with “Chicago”.


 

Clay Graham, of the legendary Pilgrim Jubilees, died on Tuesday, March 13, 2018.

 

“The Home Going Celebration for the late Mr. Clay Graham of the Pilgrim Jubilees will be held on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 11:00 AM at the Saint John Church of God In Christ located 7527 South Cottage Grove Avenue in Chicago, Illinois, where Elder Anthony Wallace is Pastor. Dr. Isaac Lindsey will serve as the Officiating Pastor and Dr. Mack McCollum will serve as the Eulogist. The body will lie in state at the Church from 10:00 A. M. until 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, March 21, 2018.

 

The Musical honoring the Life and Legacy of Mr. Clay Graham of the Pilgrim Jubilees will be held Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 7:00 P.M. at the Prayer Center Baptist Church located 1432 West 79th Street in Chicago, Illinois, where Dr. Isaac Lindsey is Pastor and Rev. Joseph Towns is Senior Pastor. Gospel Artists from all over the World will be sharing musical tributes to the late Mr. Clay Graham on this Tuesday night, March 20, 2018. To RSVP for the musical, please call or text Dr. Isaac Lindsey @ (662) 753-6806.”

All condolences or cards that anyone wishes to send on behalf of the late Mr. Clay Graham may be sent to:
Mrs. Hazel Graham & Family
12905 South Sangamon Street
Chicago , IL 60643

 

Final Arrangements have been entrusted to:
Acklin Funeral Home
1325 West 87th Street
Chicago, IL 60620
Phone: (773) 238-9228

Mrs. Henry Thomas-Harrison

It came to our attention that one of the most dedicated solider of this genre died last month. We knew she had been “a little under the weather” as she would say, but had no idea of the seriousness of her illness. But, that sums up the personality of Mrs. Henry Thomas-Harrison. She would not want anyone to be concern about her well-being. For, her concern was about this genre and the ladies and gentlemen that delivered the Word in song.

Our dear sister transitioned home on August 31, 2012. She leaves a legacy that embodies the love that she had for this genre. In her own words –

I am Ms. Henry Thomas-Harrison. I grew up in the heart of the Mississippi Delta; in Sunflower County.(My parents came to the Delta from the Meridian and Philadelphia areas of Mississippi) Chicago (The Windy City) is now my home away from home. I invite you to visit my quartet website at ..www.downhomegospel.com or try going to www.chicagogag.com and click on quartet news and reviews. I do not claim to officially represent the Chicago quartet groups in any capacity, but I appreciate them and support the many talented quartet groups here in Chicago and around the world. I grew up in the Mississippi Delta; so hearing good gospel, blues,and country western singing, good guitar and harmonica playing is not new to me, but I am very excited about what is happening here in Chicago every week, just knowing that the music is still alive and as strong as ever!!! Chicago: called The Mecca of Gospel Music by many around the world lives up to that name every weekend with the many talented gospel quartet groups that appear at the various gospel concerts around Chicago and the entire Midwest area each Sunday and also it’s many gospel choirs, soloist,contemporary gospel artist and the many others who bring joy to our hearts every week. Most of the African American gospel quartets in Chicago are the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of those who came to Chicago during the Black migration from the South, who came ‘up north’ to find work in the steel mills,the stock yards, the large catalog houses like Sears, Spiegels, and Aldens, Plus many other businesses that needed workers. These Blacks from the plantations brought with them their Soulful Delta gospel and blues singing, and their southern plantation style of playing ‘down home blues’ and ‘down home’ gospel guitar. In the Mississippi Delta every house (or shack) – no matter how poor, had a guitar, a harmonica and a few shotguns,I am not ashamed of the fact that I grew up on Jimmy Reed, corn bread, collard greens and blackeyed peas:) The Black Gospel Quartets in those days could be heard in the fields, on the porches after dark at night and of course on Sunday evenings at the country churches. Folks on the plantations would walk for miles sometimes to get to the programs. On Sunday mornings the quartet groups would purchase time at the radio stations and most of us on the plantations would wake up on Sunday mornings listening to the quartet singers on the radio. These groups would often sing live in the studio. Most everyone had large families on the plantations and it seems that every extended family had one of two quartet groups, and every “Colored” Baptist church seemed to have at least one or two quartet groups. Gospel Quartet and Blues on the plantation was a way of expressing The Sorrow,The Hope, The Joy and every emotion from deep inside that needed to be expressed. – REAL SOUL MUSIC!!

When the next book on Gospel Music is written, there has to be a chapter dedicated to those like Mrs. Henry Thomas-Harrison, who have done so much to keep this music before the public.

The Windy City SpiritualaireS BLACK MUSIC MONTH SPOTLIGHT!

Today we spotlight The Windy City SpiritualaireS of Chicago, Illinois, who are also known simply as “The SpiritualaireS”.  This group features the talents of Pastors and Ministers. The members are Pastor Anthony Spencer, Pastor Tyrone Lindsey, Minister Bobby Webster and Pastor Jonathan Tucker.

They have been performing and sharing their ministry coast to coast together since 1998. They were recognized as one of “The Nation’s New-Wave Top Five Selling Quartets” by The Gospel Music Industry Round-Up.

The Windy City SpiritualaireS have been able to maintain a very busy touring schedule. They have traveled and they still continue to travel across the country to minister in song at many churches, major venues and prestigious events.

The Windy City SpiritualaireS latest recording Live In-Bama was one of the top selling Gospel Quartet releases in 2000. The project was a “Live” recording that took place during the American Gospel Quartet Convention. Special guest artists appearing on the project included Willie Clayton, Minister Teddy Cross, Mary McLaurine-Glover, Big Joe Patton, and Evangelist Chequita Lumzy. In 1998, the group also released a project as “The SpiritualaireS” that received rave reviews. The project was entitled Change In My Life. It is a collection of several hits also written and arranged by Rev. Lindsey, Pastor Tucker, and Pastor Spencer including the very popular title track along with “Make A Change” featuring Minister Teddy Cross, “Pay Attention,” “What A Time” and the inspirational “Your Blessin’ Is Comin’”. This project earned them many National awards, nominations, and accolades.

The group is currently making preparations for a new release and several members of the group have solo projects in the works as well.

This youthful group deserves to be spotlighted as we celebrate Black Music Month.