WBEZ | gospel http://www.wbez.org/tags/gospel Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Revisiting Aretha Franklin's 'Amazing' return to gospel http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-23/revisiting-aretha-franklins-amazing-return-gospel-94313 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-November/2011-11-23/aretha-franklin.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>After years of commercial success on top of the soul charts, the preacher’s daughter returned to her religious roots.</p><p>In January of 1972, Aretha Franklin—known as the Queen of Soul—got back to gospel.</p><p>She put on a pair of concerts at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles. A recording was made of those two nights which resulted in her best-selling album of all time, <em>Amazing Grace</em>.</p><p>Author Aaron Cohen explores the seminal gospel album in his new book, <a href="http://www.continuumbooks.com/books/detail.aspx?BookId=136552&amp;SearchType=Basic" target="_blank"><em>Aretha Franklin’s Amazing Grace (33 1/3)</em></a>.</p><p>He recently spoke with WBEZ’s Richard Steele, who began by asking Cohen why Aretha’s move to record a gospel album was such a big one.</p><p><br> &nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 23 Nov 2011 14:24:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-23/revisiting-aretha-franklins-amazing-return-gospel-94313 Remembering gospel great DeLois Barrett Campbell http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-03/remembering-gospel-great-delois-barrett-campbell-90057 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-August/2011-08-03/AP110802143815.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Powerhouse gospel singer DeLois Barrett Campbell could have gone solo years ago. Instead, she and her sisters performed as a trio for more than 60 years. The Barrett Sisters’ went global with their gospel but they remained deeply rooted in Chicago’s South Side. The girls grew up listening to the father of gospel-- Thomas A. Dorsey—during his time as music director at Chicago’s Pilgrim Baptist Church. The ladies paid it forward by inspiring a new generation of vibrant voices: Singer Jennifer Hudson visited Barrett Campbell the day before she died. DeLois Barrett Campbell died in Chicago Tuesday; she was 85. Funeral arrangements are pending.<br> &nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 03 Aug 2011 16:02:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-03/remembering-gospel-great-delois-barrett-campbell-90057 Richard Steele sits down with Mavis Staples http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/richard-steele-sits-down-mavis-staples <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/mavis_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Collaboration is nothing new for legendary gospel singer <a href="http://www.mavisstaples.com/" target="_blank">Mavis Staples</a>.</p><p>She started her music career with what some might consider the toughest co-workers--her relatives! That&rsquo;s back when she sang with The Staples Singers, a group led by her father, Pops Staples.</p><p>Since branching out on her own Mavis has paired up with almost everyone from Bob Dylan to Prince.</p><p>So another partnership isn&rsquo;t odd. But would you have pictured Staples connecting with <a href="http://www.wilcoworld.net/" target="_blank">Wilco&rsquo;s</a> Jeff Tweedy? Tweedy not only produced but wrote a couple of tracks for Staples&rsquo; latest effort <a href="http://www.amazon.com/You-Are-Alone-Mavis-Staples/dp/B003RDPYCG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1292619295&amp;sr=8-1" target="_blank">You Are Not Alone</a>.<br />&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 27 Dec 2010 07:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/richard-steele-sits-down-mavis-staples