Category Archives: Gospel Singers

Cleotha Staples (The Staple Singers) Mavis Staples’s Sister Has Died Age, 78

Blogged By: De De Tillman; International Celebrity Blogger

Source:ABC 7 News

Posted: Friday February 22, 2013 @ 8:36 p.m PST



Cleotha Staples of the  gospel group The Staple Singers, died Thursday at age 78. She was at her Chicago home and had been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease for the past decade, said family friend and music publicist Bill Carpenter.



The Golden Wings Quartet Of Tupelo Ms. (Gospel Group) Videos

Blogged By: De De Tillman

Media Credit: pannellctp

Source: The Golden Wings Quartet Website

Posted: Monday May 21, 2012 @4:10 p.m PST



The Golden Wings Quartet was established in 1970 in Tupelo, Mississippi.  The members consist of  James Parks, Toby L. Coker, and Tyrone Parks.

The Golden Wings Quartet has spread the gospel through songs throughout the United States and abroad. For over 30 years, the Golden Wings have enjoyed much success playing many major concerts, and most recently a recording on the Bobby Jones Gospel Show.

This is the group eighth recording and they have also shared the stage with Lee Williams and The Spiritual QC’s, Evelyn Turrentine-Agee, George Dean and the Gospel Four, and others. The Golden Wings are best known for their smashing hit, “You Got To Leave It Here.” They have released one project titled “Get In Touch” and in the process of releasing their second.

The group was awarded a Certificated of Outstanding Achievements and named 2002 New Gospel Quartet Artist of The Year by the National Association of Gospel Promoters in Atlanta, Georgia.

Keep Blessing Me: Live from Muskegon Heights, MI Tobey Coker (vocals); Michael Penson (guitar, background vocals); Alton Hollis (guitar); Ayatti Tippett (strings, horns, Fender Rhodes piano); Nicholas Jones (piano); Patrick Hopson (organ); Fred Edwards (drums); Cornelius Redman, Tyrone Parks (background vocals).

“You’ve Got To Leave It Here! Live In Concert” recording took place at the Temple of Compassion and Deliverance in Tupelo, Mississippi in 2004. It was initially recorded for the MARS Record label. The group is now on the LowRush Music label. LowRush released this video in 2006.

*I had the extreme honor of speaking to the warm, friendly, down to earth, spirit-filled Mr. James Parks of the group and looking forward to meeting him and the group when they perform Friday June 8, 2012  in San Francisco, California.

The Golden Wings Quartet Members

The Golden Wings Quartet Music

The Golden Wings Quartet Booking Information

Marvin Sapp Losing His Wife Malinda To Cancer Says “Best Way To Honor Someone Who Has Passed On Is To Live”

Blogged By: La Tray

Source & Story Credit: NPR Staff

Media Credit: Photo (NPR – Marvin Sapp) –  Video / Audio (jounzun44) (MarvinSappVEVO)

Posted: Sunday April 29, 2012 @1:50 p.m. PST




“Never Would Have Made It” is the biggest gospel hit of the past decade, and the man who sings it, Marvin Sapp, is quite possibly the biggest name in gospel today — a development that still surprises the Michigan pastor.


“I’m blown away by how that song has had the impact that it has had on so many people,” Sapp tells NPR’s Guy Raz. “All of us, I’ve learned, have gone through ‘never would have made it’ moments, and that’s the reason why I believe that it resonates so strongly in so many people’s lives.”


Sapp’s last record made its debut at No. 2 on the Billboard albums chart, the highest debut for a gospel record in half a century. Since then, he has lived through the tragic loss of his wife, MaLinda, to cancer in 2010. Sapp says he wanted to “sit back and just give up” after her death, but that a comment from his then-11-year-old daughter Madison convinced him to keep going.


“The day after she passed, that morning at 6 a.m. my kids were up getting ready for school,” Sapp says. “And I was like, ‘You don’t have to go to school today — Mommy just went to be home with the Lord yesterday.’ And she said, ‘No, no, Daddy. We’ve got to go to school because Mommy would want us to keep it moving.’


“That’s what we’ve been doing ever since, me and my children — we’ve been keeping it moving,” Sapp says. “What I’ve learned is the best way to honor someone who has passed on is to live.”

Marvin Sapp. Photo Credit: NPR via Marvin Sapp