Posts Tagged ‘St Louis’

Fontella Bass Passes

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

GOSPELflava joins others across the world in mourning the passing of Fontella Bass.  Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Bass was “schooled in gospel 101” as her mother was a member of the famous  Clara Ward Singers and she would later serve as  accompanist to her grandmother ‘s gospel ensemble .  Fontella would go on to great notoriety co-writing and recording Rescue Me, the first million seller for Chicago’s Chess Records in 1965.  She returned to her gospel roots in 1990 recording Promises: A Family Portrait of Faith in 1990 with her mother Martha Bass and her brother DAvid Peaston.  In 1995, she recorded no Ways Tired, a collection of hymns and gospel songs.

Twinkie Clark Receives Honorary Doctorate Degree

Saturday, November 10th, 2012

Dr. Judith Christie McAllister and the International Music Department of the Church of God In Christ honored Elbernita “Twinkie” Clark as a living legend during the 105th International Holy Convocation held in St. Louis, Missouri.  Also during the tribute, an honorary doctorate of sacred music was conferred upon Clark by Dr. Tony Lewis and the Christian Bible Institute and Seminary (CBIS).

Twinkie prepares for the release of her first instrumental CD, Sweet Melodies.   A CD release  concert is scheduled for Sunday, November 11th in St. Louis.