She is known as the “Queen of Gospel” for making her music her life’s work. One could even say that she was born with Gospel in her blood, considering that her mother went into labor while singing at her Baptist Church in Chicago. She returned to the church with Albertina immediately after she was born.
Here are five other things about the life of the Queen of Gospel:
1. She began singing Gospel at the young age of only 4 years old, in a childrens’ choir at the West Point Baptist Church in Chicago.
2. At the age of 22, she started the Caravans, a famous Gospel group whose members also included Elyse Yancy, Nellie Grace Daniels, and OraLee Hopkins Samson.
3. Albertina had great success with the Caravans, and went on to form her own solo singing career, and still records today at the age of 81.
4. Preserving Gospel music has been her life’s work, and she has contributed to various charities including The American Cancer Society and the NAACP.
5. Albertina has made numerous television appearances, including The Oprah Winfrey Show and Good Morning America. She has also performed for President Bill Clinton, President George W. Bush, and President of South Africa Nelson Mandela.