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SHOUT! Black Gospel Music Moments - Esther Smith


Esther Smith recorded her first album at the age of 51, the aptly titled I Believe in Miracles with the famed Winans family.

Esther Smith was born in 1937 and her family endured horrific times in Mississippi before joining the Great Migration north to Chicago. As a teen-ager she joined the promising Lockhart Singers, but soon turned full-time ministry and evangelism, singing only in church.

In 1988, Esther's voice came to the attention of the mighty Winans family - and that very year Marvin, Vicki, Michael and Ronald Winans teamed together to write, produce and perform in her first LP ... at the age 51! ... I Believe in Miracles for the Sound of Gospel label. Its highlight is the title track, penned by the legendary Twinkie Clark, and it's 1980s-styled pop gospel at its finest. And yes, that's Fred Hammond on a couple of tracks.

In 2022, Esther's 85 and back to singing occasionally in church. But she's the matriarch of a family of gospel singers ... and her legacy includes this joyful, spirit-packed four-sided LP that proves, once again, that we all should believe in miracles.

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Music: "I Believe in Miracles" by Esther Smith from the I Believe in Miracles LP, Side 4, Track 1

I’m Robert Darden … “Shout! Black Gospel Music Moments” is produced by KWBU, the Black Gospel Music Restoration Project at Baylor University Libraries and is funded by generous support from the Prichard Foundation.