The Great Divas of Gospel
Welcome to the site of The Great Divas of Gospel! Here you can learn all the latest news, view photos and keep in touch with us. We are excited to share our interests with you and hope you find everything you need. All of us are members of the world-renowned Late Show's Gospel Choir, which was formed for CBS TV'S "LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN" in October 1995.
Lady Peachena Delores Morales Debbie
Malone singing at Harlem's famed Cotton Club.
"The Great Divas of Gospel" -
Playwright - Lady Peachena
This electrifying show has been touring the nation for 26 years, and salutes the female pioneers of Gospel music such as: The Clara Ward Singers, The Sallie Martin Singers, Marion Williams & the Stars of Faith, The Roberta Martin Singers, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, The Famous Davis Sisters, Dorothy Love Coates & The Original Harmonettes, Albertina Walker & The Famous Caravans, and Mahalia Jackson.
"The Great Divas of Gospel" takes you on an imaginary train ride to the major cities of Chicago, Philadelphia, and Birmingham, Alabama, where these legendary ladies lived, and their struggles and triumphs are revealed through drama and song. These singing evangelists sang Gospel music all across the nation facing the hurdles of segregation, discrimination, and tough Jim Crow laws but they were undeterred and totally committed to winning lost souls for the Kingdom.
"The Great Divas of Gospel" is a powerful celebration of traditional Gospel music boldly told through glorious singing and comical drama. You'll find yourself dancing in your seat as the brilliant cast of anointed singers belt out popular hymns of Zion that will take you nostalgically down Memory Lane.
The truth of the matter is that whenever these ladies traveled throughout the country, especially in the South, they could NOT stay in white-owned hotels, they could NOT eat in white-owned restaurants, and they suffered through many other indignities, but they didn't let these obstacles from singing Gospel music all over the U.S.A. For many years in the 1940s & 50s, they kept singing and evangelizing, sometimes holding week-long revivals, most of that time for little pay. However, their persistence and unshakeable faith in GOD paid off! People started coming out to see them by the hundreds, later on by the thousands!
In the late 1940s, doors of opportunity began opening up for them. Sister Rosetta Tharpe, the guitar-plucking Gospel/pop singer, was the first African American woman to reap success, hosting her own Gospel radio show in the late 1940s.
Mahalia Jackson, known as "the world's greatest Gospel singer," was the first to have a million-selling hit recording with "HOW I GOT OVER," and she hosted her own live CBS radio show on Sunday evenings in the early 1950s. She sang at Carnegie Hall several times during the 1950s, and she made guest appearances on such TV shows as "The Ed Sullivan Show," "The Mitch Miller Show," etc. By the late 1950s, she was so popular that she was one of the first Gospel singers to begin touring Europe.
The Clara Ward Singers broke all kinds of records taking Gospel music "to the streets" for they sang in elite supper clubs for big money, eventually starring for 40 weeks at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas in 1958. At the height of their popularity, lead singer, Marion Williams, quit the group, and started her own, The Stars of Faith. Then they starred on Broadway with Alex Bradford in the smash hit Gospel show, "THE BLACK NATIVITY." Afterwards, they toured Europe several times, too.
The grand Great Divas ushered in the Golden Era of Gospel Music (1945-1960), recording Gospel music's first million-sellers, and laying down a solid foundation for today's Gospel singers. So the show, "THE GREAT DIVAS OF GOSPEL," portrays an intriguing insight into the incredible lives of these legendary ladies through drama, comedy, and song. This electrifying musical is an oldie-but-goody celebration of this rich traditional Gospel music which will surely have you singing and clapping along as the singers boldly take you down Memory Lane.
The Great Divas of Gospel -
The gifted cast, an awesome quintet, also performs as The Great Divas of Gospel, singing mostly traditional Gospel hymns and songs, a cappella style at church events, parties, weddings, and corporate events.
For the past 26 years they have devoted themselves to singing and preserving the rich legacy of traditional Gospel music. Over the years they have performed on several TV Shows such as: "Late Night with Conan O'Brien," "The McCreary Report," "The Morning Show" on FX Cable, "The Jon Stewart Show," etc.
The Great Divas of Gospel recorded and videotaped a prayer ballad for President Obama entitled, "Lord, Please Guide Our President," a few years ago because they wanted the whole nation praying for President Obama. Even though President Obama's term has ended, the Divas still believes that his fans should keep him covered in prayers.
Their debut album, "STAY IN THE RACE," contains five Urban Gospel songs written by Lady Peachena, and the remaining hymns are from the show, "THE GREAT DIVAS OF GOSPEL". Their soulful CD is now available at: www.cdbaby.com/cd/divasofgospel
For bookings of the show or The Great Divas of Gospel, the group, or The Late Show's Gospel Choir, email Lady Peachena at: [email protected]
Performances of "THE GREAT DIVAS OF GOSPEL"
*Church of St. Luke & St. Matthew, Bk, NY
*The Village Gate, NYC, NY
*The Cotton Club, NYC, NY
*The Victoria 5 Theater, NYC, NY
*The Showboat, Queens, NY
*Rio's Supper club, NYC, NY
*De Vos Hall, Grand Rapids, MI
*Schomburg Center for Black Culture, NYC, NY
*Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, IN
*The Black Spectrum Theater, Queens, NY
*Albany State University, Albany, NY
*The Apollo Theater, NYC, NY
*St. Albans Public Library, Queens, NY
*Bethany United Methodist Church, Bk, NY
*The Iridium, NYC, NY
*Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bx, NY
*DelMarVa Convention Center, Delmar, MD
*African Street Festival", Bk, NY
*Concord Baptist Church, Bk, NY
*Gracie Mansion, NYC, NY
*"One Under The Sun" Concert, Bk, NY
*"Black Family Day Fest," Hartford, CT
*Duryea Presbyterian Church, Bk, NY
* First Presbyterian Church of St. Albans, Qns, NY
*Cipriani's (op. for Aretha Franklin), NYC, NY
*Liberty Park, Queens, NY
*Bridge Street AME Church, Bk, NY
*Love Fellowship Tabernacle, Bk, NY
*Ocean Community College, Toms River, NJ
*St. Augustine's Church, NYC, NY
Le Chambord, Hopewell Junction, NY
"THE DIVAS" Sing in New Film
The cast/group, The Great Divas of Gospel, sings in new movie short, "MR. PARKER," that will be presented at BAM'S CinemaFest2019 as part of BAM'S Narrative Shorts Program this Saturday, June 15th at 2:00 p.m. at BAM'S Rose Cinema in the Jay Sharp building at 30 Lafayette Street in Brooklyn, NY. Get tickets now at: www.BAM.ORG