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It's easy to be independent when you've got money. But to be independent when you haven't got a thing—that's the Lord's test.
I believe the blues and jazz and even the rock and roll stuff got their beat from the Sanctified Church.
This musical thing has been here since America been here. This is trial and tribulation music.
I'll never give up my gospel songs for the blues. Blues are the songs of despair, but gospel songs are the songs of hope. When you sing them you are delivered of your burden. You have a feeling that there is a cure for what's wrong.
Time is important to me because I want to sing long enough to leave a message. I'm used to singing in churches where nobody would dare stop me until the Lord arrives!
A great influence in my life was the sanctified or Holiness churches...Everybody in there sang and they clapped and stomped heir feet and sang with their whole body... Their music was so strong and expressive, it used to bring tears to my eyes.
Tell them about your dream, Martin! Tell them about the dream
The person who sings only the blues is like someone in a deep pit yelling for help.
Gospel music in those days of the early 1930s was really taking wing. It was the kind of music colored people had left behind them down South and they liked it because it was just like a letter from home.
I say this out of my heart—a song must do something for me as well as for the people that hear it. I can't sing a song that doesn't have a message. If it doesn't have the strength it can't lift you.
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January 27, 1972
Mahalia Jackson was an American gospel singer. Possessing a powerful contralto voice, she was referred to as "The Queen of Gospel".
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