Chapter 11

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Unformatted text preview: Recording Registry Listening Example: Take My Hand, Precious Lord Mahalia Jackson Born in New Orleans, she grew up in a 3- room dwelling that housed 13 people. Her life was tough: when her mother died when Mahalia was 5 years old, her Aunt took responsibility for raising her. Mahalia was not allowed to go to school, but instead was required to work from dawn to dusk. Her aunt was a demanding and severe disciplinarian, beating Mahalia whenever her work was not to the aunt’s standards. Jackson found solace singing in church, and in 1929 she met Thomas Dorsey. Dorsey had a powerful influence on her, and she dedicated her life to singing religious music, which included a fourteen year musical association with Dorsey. When questioned later about her dedication to religious music, she explained, “I sing God’s music because it makes me feel free. It gives me hope. With the blues, when you finish, you still have the blues.”14 She eventually earned the moniker, “Queen of Gospel,” recorded about 30 albums and dozens of singles, helping to spread appreciation for gospel music internationally. Listening Example: Keep Your Hands on the Plow and He’s Got the Whole World (In His Hands) Andraé Crouch Born in San Francisco, Crouch’s father was a street preacher who ministered in hospitals and prisons before becoming an official church minister when Andraé was 11 years old. It was Crouch’s father who encouraged him to sing in church and to dedicate his life to singing religious music. As Crouch matured, he helped create a newer style of gospel music that incorporated characteristi...
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