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Shout! Black Gospel Music Moments - Kitty Parham

Kitty Parham’s career included stints with the Clara Ward Singers, Marion Williams’ Stars of Faith and the hit Broadway musical, “Black Nativity.”

Catherine “Kitty” Parham was singing solos in her father’s church in Philadelphia by age of 8 and in 1952 was invited to join the Clara Ward Singers – which enabled her to sing on two of their greatest hits, “Packing Up” and “Surely God is Able.”

From there, Parham enjoyed a long and successful career, singing with a variety of artists – including a stint on what is perhaps the greatest gospel Broadway musical of all time, “Black Nativity.”

Before she died in 2004 at the age of 78, Kitty Parham had sung for popes, presidents, kings and queens, received Grammy awards, and become a gospel legend. This is Kitty singing live with the COGIC International Youth Congress on Roberta Martin’s classic, “I’m Grateful.”

2407 Kitty Parham - I'm Grateful.mp3

MUSIC: Kitty Parham, “I’m Grateful,” 45 (February 17, 2024)

I’m Robert Darden … “Shout! Black Gospel Music Moments” is produced by KWBU and the Black Gospel Music Preservation Program at Baylor University Libraries.

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Robert F. Darden is the author of two dozen books, most recently: Nothing But Love in God’s Water, Volume II: Black Sacred Music from Sit-In to Resurrection City (Penn State University Press, 2016); Nothing But Love in God’s Water, Volume I: Black Sacred Music from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement(Penn State University Press, 2014); Jesus Laughed: The Redemptive Power of Humor(Abingdon Press, 2008), Reluctant Prophets and Clueless Disciples: Understanding the Bible by Telling Its Stories(Abingdon Press, 2006); and People Get Ready! A New History of Black Gospel Music(Continuum/Bloomsbury, 2004).