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OFFICIAL STATEMENT REGARDING THE DEATH OF WILLIE JOE LIGON

 

We are heartbroken to share the news that the World’s Greatest Male Gospel Singer – Willie Joe Ligon, Founder and Lead Singer of the three time Grammy Award winning group – The Mighty Clouds of Joy of Los Angeles, California passed away today Sunday, December 11, 2016.

Joe was a loving Husband, Father, Grandfather, Brother, Cousin, Uncle, Mentor, and Friend to so many who loved him dearly.

As much as Joe cherished his privacy, he always appreciated the expressions of good will from people around the world and from all walks of life.

While we mourn the loss of a very good and humble man, we also celebrate his remarkable life as one of the most successful artists in Gospel Music History and hope that it serves as an example to young people around the world to work hard to make their dreams come true, to be willing to explore and push the limits, and to selflessly serve a cause greater than themselves.

For those who may ask what they can do to honor Joe, we have a simple request. Honor his example of service, accomplishment and modesty, and the next time you walk outside on a stormy day think of Joe and get comfort in knowing that he is no longer in the storm.

Additional information about the final arrangements will be released to the General Public pending Mr. Ligon’s Family’s approval.

We kindly ask everyone to please respect the Family’s privacy during this time of bereavement.

Thank you!

Best regards,

Pastor Isaac Lindsey
Manager
Joe Ligon & The Mighty Clouds of Joy

Celebration of Life Services & Musical for Joe Ligon.

Tammy Edwards & The Edwards SistersFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TAMMY EDWARDS & THE EDWARDS SISTERS MAKES BET’S BOBBY JONES GOSPEL DEBUT THIS SUNDAY

JACKSON, MS (December 7, 2012) – The Malaco Music Group invites you to watch 4 Winds Records / Malaco recording artist Tammy Edwards & The Edwards Sisters national television debut on BET’s Bobby Jones Gospel this Sunday, December 9, 2012.

Tammy Edwards & The Edwards Sisters CD entitled, “On The Right Road Now,” was 1 of 5 titles that Malaco Music Groups’ wholly owned subsidiary 4 Winds Records that charted in the same week on the Billboard Gospel Album chart. The 4 other Billboard chart topping albums are the North Carolina Community Choir, “Story To Tell,” Roy & Revelation, “Thank You,” Jewell & Converted, “For Real,” Tammy Edwards & The Edwards Sisters, “On The Right Road Now,” and The Soul Messengerz, “Grace & Mercy;” In addition, Roy & Revelation’s “Live” DVD, “Thank You” has charted on the Billboard Video chart.

Launched in 2009, 4 Winds Records is not only the fastest growing Gospel label in the country (17 Titles), but has become the Premiere Gospel Quartet Music record label featuring the hottest and youngest Quartet Gospel groups touring the country today along with the Legendary Quartet Groups Of All Time. In its short existence, the 4 Winds label has garnered a 3 time 2011 Stellar Award Nominee & Winner, The Christian Angels (Quartet Of The Year), Stellar Award Nominee, The Golden Wings (Quartet Of The Year) as well as a GMA 2011 Dove Nominee, The Original Messengers (Traditional Gospel Album Of The Year) along with national television appearances on shows such as BET’s Bobby Jones Gospel.

Malaco Music Group has always been the leader and home of Quartet music leading back to their first ever Gospel artist signing, the number one (1) group of that era, The Jackson Sothernaires. Since that time, other Quartet groups followed reaching legendary status such as The Sensational Nightingales, The Original Soul Stirrers, Willie Banks & The Messengers, Robert Blair & The Fantastic Violinaires, &Willie Neal Johnson & The Gospel Keynotes. In 2006, with the acquisition of Atlanta International Records (AIR Gospel) added, Luther Barnes & The Sunset Jubilaires, Rev. F.C. Barnes & Company, Tommy Ellison & The 5 Singing Stars and The Swanee Quintet to name a few.

Set Your Home Recording Device!!!

Be prepared to have a good old fashion hand clapping, foot stomping good time!!!

Have a Safe & Blessed Weekend!

Spread The Word!!!

D. A. Johnson, Executive Director
Gospel Division
THE MALACO MUSIC GROUP

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.