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Open Your Heart

by The Andrews Gospel Singers

Take a hunger for music, a love of the church and strict adherence too its principles. Add a will to work toward goal. Take the ingenuity and talent, mix them together with six young ladies and you'll come ups with something like joyfulsounds of the Andre
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1. If You Miss Me Here
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2. Does Jesus Care
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3. I Won't Turn Back
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4. Faith
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5. Don't Forget to Pray
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6. Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho
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7. He's a Mighty God
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8. Open Your Heart
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9. He Satisfies
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10. The Miracle
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11. Soon Ah Will Be Done
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Take a hunger for music, a love of the church and strict adherence to its principles. Add a will to work toward a goal. Throw in a contact with a world famous gospel singer and a nationally known gospel pianist. Then take ingenuity and talent, mix them together with six young girls and you'll come up with something like the Andrews Gospel Singers.

Born in El Dorado Arkansas, the daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph and Leceola Andrews, Ola Jean, Myrta Sue, Paula Marie ad Sylvia Lois began singing as a group in the Sunshine Band of the Emmanual Church of God in Christ in San Francisco, California. These young girls rate Clara Ward as the greatest single influence in their lives.

There were many successes for the girls along the way: They were featured singers with the Youth Fellowship monthly songfests directed by Herman H. Harper, they won the Best Group Trophy in Reid's Records Choir Competitions, they were named by Brother Louis Freeman as Official Radio Station KDIA Singers in competition with other groups, thereby winning a half hour weekly program on that station. Their big moment came with a call from Jimmy Lyons, on our recommendation, and offers to appear at the Monterey Jazz Festival in the original Jon Hendricks' Evolution of the Blues.

The signing of a contract with Capital Records brought about a change in the name from the Andrews Sisters to the Andrews Gospel Singers. Myrta Sue has moved to Texas but the three sisters remain as the nucleus of the group. Buelah Mabry, Flora and Donna Daggao, along with Norma J. King are the additions to the group. All of the girls were members of the Ephesians Church of God in Christ of Berkeley, pastored by Reverend E. E. Cleveland, where Ola Jean directs the Inspirational Choir.

This is gospel music, sung prayerfully and with deep sincerity by young adults exposed to a rich religious background in the Church of God in Christ. You may listen to this CD and we are certain you will like it--but it will be far more meaningful if you will "OPEN YOUR HEARTS."
............Paul L. Reid


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Stefan M. McIVER

Absolutely beautiful! This is traditional gospel untampered at it's best.
I sincerely hope they never feel the need to change their style of singing. They truely capture the flavor, spirit and essence of what traditional gospel singing is...the beautiful harmonizing, piano and organ accompaniments over-whelms ones spirit in song.

Gene Viale (Gospel Singer/Writer)

One of Northern Cal's Premier Gospel Groups !
This album embodies a historical example of what one of Northern California's premier Gospel Groups sounded like during Gospel Music's hay day.The Andrew Sisters were and remain one of my favorite gospel groups. They will move you with the ministry that they share on this album. Pure gospel with no gimmicks....clean sweet sounds which will seed deep in your spirit..and give you many hours of enjoyment. I recommed it to anyone looking for Gospel music when it was a ministry not just an entertainment.

Mark Ellis Walker

Electrifying to say the least!
I'm over the moon at discovering that this long-overlooked treasure is at last available on CD! I grew up with this album and have acquired a vinyl copy, but I never thought I'd see it come out on CD. This release is a not-quite-bare-bones transfer from vinyl, with pops and scratches off a nearly-clean "master" not edited out, but the power of the recordings comes through that level of imperfection. And such power!!!

Twenty thousand thanks to CDbaby for stocking this beauty, and to Ola Jean Andrews for having it be transferred to CD after all these years. This is a mighty, fervent, and downright gospellifying scorcher of an album. I may not be a religious person, but these girls showed me how to TESTIFY; they're in my personal pantheon of singers whose recordings have taught me how to tap into that flow myownself -- Janis Siegel's another key one (especially her twirlin'-it-over-her-head wild smackdown of the vocal for "Operator" with the Manhattan Transfer), Annie Lennox is another, Alison Moyet certainly holds her own there, and of course there's Aretha Franklin (that goes without saying).

AND my hat's off to Miss Ola Jean herself, who's whipping her piano to a veritable froth with those absolutely delicious flourishes and the serious churning underneath. The piano work is much clearer on this CD transfer than on the vinyl copy I grew up with, but then the stereo system I'm playing it on is in a different league to the ones I used to listen to this album on (both in my family's house and on my own before I got a decent audio setup); all of this adds up to a room-rockin' celebration that even an agnostic like me can roar along with in complete accord.

EVANGELIST BUFORD DOWELL

ANDREWS SISTERS
WHAT POWERFUL ANOINTED MUSIC!
HOW WONDERFUL TO FIND YOUR MUSIC!
WHEN I WAS MUCH YOUNGER(ABOUT THE 50'S AND 60'S, DAD CLEAVLAND, ERNESTINE, OTHERS. I WAS THE ORGANIST(FOLLOWING DAVID DAVIS) FOR A A ALLEN!

LATER IN ABOUT 59-61, I PLAYED IN PHILA, AND CA,
FOR CLARA WARD, CARRIVANS, SOUL STIRRERS,
MAHALIA JACKSON, OTHERS.

BUT YOU LADIES WE'RE ALWAYS ONE OF MY FAVORITES!

WHERE ARE YOU NOW? BE BLESSED-

EVANGELIST BUFORD DOWELL /DIR,

EAGLE INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION,
PHOENIX, AZ, USA
BUFORDDOWELL@GMAIL.COM,
PH: 214-282-8194.
______________________
"IN CHRIST...IS LIFE! "

S. Bennett


I'll be singing up there took me back to when I used to sing on the Church Choir. Great traditional sound!

Billye Austin

Pure, annointed praise with beautiful voices & accompaniment. What a blessing!
How wonderful to hear glorious singing, beautiful voices, annointed & edifying. The harmony, the arrangements, the accompanists, the exquisite range & feeling of the lead singers was magnificent. Pure & wonderful, no fillers added!! Praise God for The Andrews Sisters and this uplifting CD.