The Mother Of Gospel Music: Mahalia Jackson

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"Move On Up a Little Higher" 

In 1948, Mahalia Jackson recorded William Herbet Brewsters' inspiring gospel song, “Move On Up a Little Higher.” Mahalia’s rendition resonated with fans, and brought her unheard of mainstream success for a gospel artist. The record went on to sell eight million copies, and was later honored in the Grammy Hall of Fame Awards in 1998. Jackson began touring concert halls in the United States and Europe, bringing her powerful voice and message of faith to people around the world. Jackson found success in her record contract with Columbia Records. 


(Photo: Courtesy Library of Congress)

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