Mahalia Jackson

Mahalia Jackson

Considered the greatest gospel vocalist of all time.

Founded

October 26, 1911 in New Orleans, Louisiana

Full Name

Date of Birth

October 26, 1911 in New Orleans, Louisiana

Still Alive

Date of Death

January 27, 1972 in Evergreen Park, Illinois

Later Influenced

Sam Cooke, Albertina Walker, Mavis Staples, Aretha Franklin

Mahalia Jackson
Mahalia Jackson

About The artist

"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, Allmusic.com

Did you know...

"The Queen of Gospel" first came to wide public attention in the 1930s when she participated in a cross-country gospel tour.

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Sister Rosetta Tharpe

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Genres from this era

Blues

Blues

Born in the Mississippi Delta.

Jazz

Jazz

Born in New Orleans with roots in ragtime and the blues.

Swing

Swing

The dominant form of American dance music for over a decade.

Gospel

Gospel

The progeny of spirituals and cousin to the blues.