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