The Shockley Singers were billed as “The World’s Young Gospel Singers,” but they sound wise beyond their years on “He Brought Us Through.”
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Welcome to Shout! Black Gospel Music Moments. I’m Robert Darden. For a brief time in the 1960s, the Shockley Singers were billed as “The World’s Young Gospel Singers” – and it’s a hard assertion to dispute. The young Shockleys were ages 8-10 and even “Billboard” magazine gave their song “He Brought Us Through” a good review in May 1960s. And there’s a lot to like here – the young singers clearly know and love gospel music. The accompanying musicians are first-rate. The song, “He Brought Us Through,” is so fresh and compelling that it could have been released in the ‘80s and no one would have missed a beat. But by 1963, the Shockleys are gone, their label has folded, and the world has moved on. As for me, I think someone missed a bet here. Check out the complete song on the KWBU.ORG website and click on the link to SHOUT! Black Gospel Music Moments ... and see if you don’t agree! MUSIC: “He Brought Us Through,” the Shockley Singers 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.