Archive for the ‘Life Status (Births & Obituaries)’ Category

Pastor Barbara Best Passes

Saturday, December 29th, 2012


Pastor Barbara Best of the BL and S Singers has passed away.  With her gift acknowledged early on, she appeared before large audiences at the early age of 10 .  Barbara Best sang with several groups around the Washington, DC area before organizing  Barbara Best and the Deliverance Singers in 1966.  It was from this group that BL and S was birthed (representative of the first initials of Barbara Best, Lois Tillery and Sylvia Wayman).


Fontella Bass Passes

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

GOSPELflava joins others across the world in mourning the passing of Fontella Bass.  Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Bass was “schooled in gospel 101″ as her mother was a member of the famous  Clara Ward Singers and she would later serve as  accompanist to her grandmother ‘s gospel ensemble .  Fontella would go on to great notoriety co-writing and recording Rescue Me, the first million seller for Chicago’s Chess Records in 1965.  She returned to her gospel roots in 1990 recording Promises: A Family Portrait of Faith in 1990 with her mother Martha Bass and her brother DAvid Peaston.  In 1995, she recorded no Ways Tired, a collection of hymns and gospel songs.

Funeral Arrangements for Gospel Legend Inez Andrews

Friday, December 21st, 2012

The funeral arrangements for Inez Andrews have been announced

Musical Salute

Thursday, December 27, 2012 – 7:00 P.M.

Homegoing Celebration

Friday, December 28, 2012 –

10:00 AM Visitation

11:00 AM Service

All services will be held at:

Apostolic Church of God

6320 South Dorchester Avenue Chicago, IL 60637

Legendary Gospel Singer Inez Andrews Passes

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Gospelflava joins others across the world mourning the passing of legendary gospel icon Inez Andrews. Our prayers and thoughts are with her family and friends in Chicago and countless fans around the world.

Andrews was a giant in gospel, having sang with Albertina Walker and the Caravans before beginning a career with her own group.  Among her most popular songs are Mary, Don’t You Weep, Lord, Don’t Move the Mountain, He Won’t Deny Me, I’m Willing to Wait and others.

The Stellar Awards announced plans to honor Andrews with the Bobby Jones Legends Award in January.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

James Jazzy Jordan Retires From Verity Gospel Music Group

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

Verity Gospel Music Group announced today the retirement of James “Jazzy” Jordan after 17 years with the Company.  Jordan’s retirement is effective as of the end of the year.

In a statement today, Tom Corson, President & COO of RCA Records stated “Jazzy Jordan was tireless in his leadership at Verity and he made enormous contributions to the success of the label, which reminas the number one label in Gospel Music.  We wish him all the best in his future endeavors”.

Jazzy Jordan shared his wisdom with Gospelflava over the years, let’s take a look back here:


We Remember James Cleveland

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

Gospelflava remembers the King of Gospel, Reverend James Cleveland on what would have been his 81st birthday.  Reverend Cleveland was born on December 5, 1931 in Chicago surrounded by the major gospel influences of all time namely, Thomas Dorsey, the Father of Gospel Music, Roberta Martin, famed gospel composer and Mahalia Jackson. It would be Roberta Martin that a young Cleveland would pattern his playing style after.

Cleveland relocated to Detroit to take on minister of music duties for Reverend CL Franklin (father of Aretha Franklin) and the New Bethel Baptist Church and later the Prayer Tabernacle Church under Reverend Charles Craig Sr.  It was at Prayer Tabernacle that James would record with the Voices of Tabernacle his first hit, The Love of God.

Cleveland signed with Savoy Records and in 1962 began a successful pairing with Reverend Lawrence Roberts and the Angelic Choir of the First Baptist Church of Nutley, NJ.  These albums produced such hits as Christ Is the Answer, So Good, How Great Thou Art, My God Can Do Anything and Peace Be Still.  James would later go on to found the Cornerstone Church in Los Angeles, Ca and his famed Southern California Community Choir and his greatest contribution, the Gospel Music Workshop of America.



GOSPELflava Mourns the Loss of Dr. Maurice Culpepper

Sunday, December 2nd, 2012 joins the Gospel Community in mourning over the passing of Dr. Maurice Culpepper. Dr. Culpepper was instrumental in crafting and influencing the careers of many top Gospel acts such as The Anointed Pace Sisters, Byron Cage, and Lamar Simmons. He was a staple in the Atlanta Gospel Community hosting musicals, showcasing new talent, and developing choirs.

Funeral arrangements as we have been told are as a follows:

Celebration Musical (Church Attire Is Requested) :

Friday December 7, 2012- doors open at 7:30 pm and begins at 8:00pm.

Elizabeth Baptist Church 4245 Cascade Rd Atlanta, Ga 30331

Confirmed Artist As Of Now:
Ted Winn, Min B Chase Williams and Shabach, The Anointed Pace Sisters, David Walker and High Praise, New Piney Grove dance team, Byron Cage, Kevin Lemons and Higher Calling and The Showers of Blessings Reunion Choir.

The Musical will be streaming Live Via:

Home-going Celebration: 
Celebrating the Life and Legacy
Saturday December 8, 2012 11am
Elizabeth Baptist Church 4245 Cascade Rd Atlanta, Ga 30331

The home-going will be streaming Live Via:

*Gospel Singer B Chase Williams has reported that if you are interested in being apart of the Mass Choir for the homegoing celebration please report to rehearsal Thursday December 6, 2012 at 7:30pm at the Citadel of Hope COGIC, 1517 Ralph David Abernathy, Atlanta. GA. The material will be 1) More Than Enough- Ruby Terry 2) You Must Be Born Again- Brandon Mitchell  3) Perfect Peace- Keith Pringle 4) Lift Him Up- Hezekiah Walker 5) I Feel A Change- Juanita Bynum. The attire for the choir for the homegoing service is all black church attire.

We will keep you up to date as more information becomes available. Thanks to Marica Chisolm and B Chase Williams for contributing to this story.

November Birthdays – Darwin Hobbs and Sheri Jones Moffet

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Sharing birthdays with Richard Smallwood today are Sheri Jones Moffet (Encourage Yourself) and Darwin Hobbs.  Gospelflava send birthday greetings to all (even those that we missed).

November Birthdays James Fortune and Richard Smallwood

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Bringing November birthdays to a close, we send out warm birthday wishes to James Fortune on today (November 29th) and Richard Smallwood on tomorrow (November 30th).

Birthdays: Lisa Page Brooks, Stan North and Earnest Pugh,

Friday, November 23rd, 2012


Rounding out the November Birthdays for this week are Lisa Page Brooks, Gospelflava’s own Stan North and Earnest Pugh.