Isn’t Her Grace Amazing!: The Women Who Changed Gospel Music
by Cheryl Wills
For the first time the 25 most influential women gospel singers from Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Mahalia Jackson to Aretha Franklin and Cissy Houston to Mary Mary and Yolanda Adams are celebrated in this elegant landmark publication that includes profiles combined with more than 125 black-and-white and color photographs of these extraordinary performers in their glory.
At long last, Isn’t Her Grace Amazing! salutes the pioneers and present-day superstars of gospel in a lavishly illustrated and beautifully packaged book. Some talented performers such as Sister Rosetta Tharpe have faded from history, while singers such as Mary Mary and Yolanda Adams have appeared at The White House, on reality television, and sold millions of records. Many women in the gospel music industry such as Willie Mae Ford Smith often go unnoticed, unpaid, and under-appreciated for their talents. These women of song are the bedrock for songwriting, arranging, directing, and developing singers – now is their moment to shine.
Isn’t Her Grace Amazing! honors women such as Mary Mary and Willie Mae Ford Smith and chronicles their journeys from the choir loft to the world’s largest stages, and documents how these women revolutionized this sacred music that the world has come to know and love as gospel. Award-winning television personality and author Cheryl Wills was inspired by her own upbringing in the church and dedicates the book to her grandmother Opal Wills, who was a powerful gospel singer in her own right, but never ventured outside of her storefront church in Queens. There are millions of women like Opal Wills, who are the pillars of their communities and reign supreme during Sunday church service, where everyone in the congregations eagerly awaits their weekly “solo.”
Isn’t Her Grace Amazing! offers in-depth interviews, behind-the-scenes stories of your favorite gospel hits, uncovered gems, and show-stopping images of the powerhouse vocalists in their prime.
From the roof-raising, foot-stomping, hand-clapping melodies of yesterday to the head-bobbing, bass-thumping hits of today, gospel music ignites the soul and delivers the inspiration that delivers us. Isn’t Her Grace Amazing! celebrates 25 tremendous talents of gospel music who have defined the genre, established the sound, and set the standard for good sangin’ for generations to come.