What a great time!!! All this month we will be celebrating Black Music Month!!! Here’s today’s feature…
The Clark Sisters:
The Clark Sisters were born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. They each began singing at an early age, and by the late 1960s they were all performing together in church services, usually singing songs written and arranged by their mother. A few years later, Dr. Mattie Moss Clark turned over control of the group to Twinkie, who would then go on to write, arrange, conduct, and produce all of the Clark Sisters’ recordings. In 1973, the sisters recorded their first album, Jesus Has A Lot To Give, on their uncle’s local label Billesse Records.
The following year, Dr. Mattie Moss Clark Presents The Clark Sisters was released and people around Detroit began to take notice of the group. The Clark Sisters signed to Sound of Gospel Records in 1974. Under this association, the group released albums such as Unworthy, Count It All Joy, and He Gave Me Nothing to Lose. It was not until the early 1980s that The Clark Sisters began to become the phenomenon that they are now. Their popularity soared with the release of the live recording Is My Living In Vain. The first live recording by The Clark Sisters spent an entire year at number one on Billboard’s Gospel Music chart. Opening with the bluesy title track, each sister vocally declares that their dedication to Christ is not a useless effort. The innovative “Haya” was funky enough to find its way into a Tonex produced track over two decades later. Songs such as “Pure Gold” and “They Were Overcome” were derived straight from the Bible. Deep faith is roused by Karen Clark’s positively possessed lead on “Speak Lord” while the call to worship is raised on the emphatically delivered “Now Is The Time”. Another hit from this release “Expect Your Miracle” is still a staple on Sunday mornings in black churches across the country.
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Celebrating Black Music Month!!! “The Clark Sisters” was originally published on praisecleveland.com