The web was buzzing like crazy today about the sad death of Albertina Walker.
She was a famous gospel singer, literally known as the Queen of Gospel (guess I'm going to hell). She sadly passed away today at the age of 81.
So in case you were scratching your head like I was, here are some little facts about the singing legend.
- She started singing at the young age of 4 in her church choir. Wow, that's young!
- The woman was a giver. Okay, so yeah she sang gospel and it's a given, but she gave a LOT back to her community. She supported charities such as United Negro College Fund, American Cancer Society, National Council of Negro Women, Nation of Islam's Million Family March, One Voice "A Fight Against AIDS," NAACP, and Operation Push.
- She was nominated 10 times for a Grammy but only won once.
- Albertina sang for United States presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton. I'm going to guess it wasn't the same type of performance as Marilyn Monroe did for President Kennedy.
- Albertina recorded over 60 albums. How that's even possible, I have no idea.
- She was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in Nashville in 2001.
- She started the world-famous group The Caravans at the age of 22.
- She was divorced.
- The "Queen of Gospel" was given to her by the late Reverend James Cleveland and Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.
- She made an appearance in the film Leap of Faith, starring Steve Martin.
RIP Albertina, I'm sure you're singing with the angels now.
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