Category: Singer

Mahalia Jackson – Singer

Mahalia Jackson Written By Raven Campbell Born:  October 26, 1911 as Mahala Jackson, later changed to Mahalia Jackson in 1931. Mahalia was the third child to John A. Jackson, a barber and preacher, and Charity Clark. Mahalia Jackson grew up in a shotgun home shared by 13 people. Raised by her Aunt Duke after her …

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Pura Fé – Singer

    Pura Fé  ~Singer, songwriter, musician, poet, artist, dancer, actor, teacher, and activist.~ This “Renaissance woman” is the founding member of the internationally renowned native woman’s a capella trio, ‘Ulali’, and is recognized for creating a new genre, bringing Native contemporary music to the forefront of the “mainstream” music industry. “With her voice soaring, …

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The Whitman Sisters “Royalty of Negro Vaudeville”

The Whitman Sisters  “So completely has evidence of the Whitman Sisters disappeared that it’s almost as if someone had deliberately cut them out of the pages of show business history. Yet for forty years from the late 1890s to the late 1930s, the Whitman Sisters shows were the biggest, fastest, flashiest shows in black vaudeville. …

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Debra Byrd

A powerhouse of talent, Debra Byrd (born in Cleveland, Ohio) is an American vocaist who has worked with Barry Manilow and Bob Dylan, appeared on Broadway, and serves as the head vocal coach for American Idol and Canadian Idol, also singing backup for the contestants. She also helped judge Military Idol, a singing competition where …

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