Valerie June may be a full-time singer-songwriter now, but, like most musicians, she has worked a series of different jobs to support herself. She cleaned houses, walked dogs, cared for kids, serviced coffee, made soaps and the list continues. Continue reading
Singer Donna Summer became known as the “Queen of Disco,” defining the genre with her sultry vocals and pulsing rhythms. She used to say she grew up listening to rock ‘n’ roll and was raised on gospel music. But it was her dance hits that won her Grammys. Summers died Thursday at age 63. Continue reading
Whitney Houston, the superstar known for turning gospel and soul into pop music gold, was found dead over the weekend in her Los Angeles hotel room. She was 48. Jeffrey Brown and songwriter Gordon Chambers discuss her life and legacy, including some recent struggles that drew public concern. Continue reading
Jeffrey Brown chronicles the competition in the “How Sweet the Sound” contest to find the best church choir in America. Continue reading
Although she tested the waters with songs like “Heavenly Day” off her 2007 album “Children Running Through,” Patty Griffin had never considered recording a full gospel album until an executive at EMI floated the idea.
Harvard professor and pastor Peter Gomes recently published a book re-evaluating Jesus’s life and teachings. The NewsHour talks to Gomes about his different take on the founder of Christianity. Continue reading
Gospel and soul singer Mavis Staples sang freedom songs throughout the civil rights movement. She discusses her role in the movement and the impact it has had throughout her career. Continue reading