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November 24, 2005 Ed Gordon talks with singer, songwriter and pastor Donnie McClurkin about fame, his troubled past, his bright future and reaching out to an international audience through gospel music.
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December 17, 2004 The roots of gospel music are not well-documented. Early recordings were lost. Stories behind the songs weren't written down. A new book recounts the history of the beloved American art form. NPR's Michele Norris talks with Robert Darden, author of People Get Ready!.
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September 14, 2000 Guests: DONNIE MCCLURKIN Gospel singer his two albums are titled Donnie McClurkin and Live in London and More Nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album Author of the forthcoming book Eternal Victim, Eternal Victor (Fall, 2000) HORACE CLARENCE BOYER Professor Emeritus, Music Theory and African-American Music, University of Massachusetts, Amherst Author, How Sweet the Sound: The Golden Age of Gospel (Univ. of Illinois, 2000) Its roots are in work songs and spirituals, but Gospel music has changed greatly in the last few decades. Early artists like Mahalia Jackson first brought gospel to a larger audience. Today, Contemporary Gospel incorporates elements from jazz, pop and even hip-hop. Join Juan Williams for a conversation with an award-winning Gospel singer about Gospel and its place in American music.
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