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Mahalia Jackson

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Forty-five years after Mahalia Jackson’s passing she remains the world’s most famous gospel singer. The Grammy and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer was on hand to sing before and after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s landmark “I Have A Dream” Speech at the historic March on Washington, and has influenced everyone from Aretha Franklin to Mavis Staples.  September 30, 2016, Shanachie Entertainment will release the definitive Mahalia collection featuring 22 previously unreleased masterpieces recorded between 1946 and 1957.  Moving On Up A Little Higheris the first Mahalia Jackson recording featuring new material in four decades. Produced by renowned Gospel scholar and award-winning author Anthony Heilbut (The Gospel Sound: Good News and Bad Times and The Fan Who Knew Too Much), this definitive collection reveals the iconic singer’s voice in its full glory, capturing tones huge and small, stadium filling and pianissimo. There are moments of rhythmic freedom and play that will be a revelation to even her devout fans. The breath-taking and exhilarating performances culled for this set allow for a broader sense of Mahalia Jackson’s musical scope and development.

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