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Albertina Walker

Albertina Walker
Walker in 2001.
Background information
Also known as Queen of Gospel Music
Born (1929-08-29)August 29, 1929
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Origin Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Died October 8, 2010(2010-10-08) (aged 81)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Genres Gospel
Occupation(s) Singer, Composer, Producer, Actress
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1941–2010
Labels Malaco Records
Savoy Records
Benson Records
Word Records
A&M RecordsScepter Records
Hob Records
Associated acts Sisters of Glory
Robert Anderson
James Cleveland
The Caravans
Mahalia Jackson
Inez Andrews
Shirley Caesar
Dorothy Norwood
O'landa Draper

Albertina Walker ((1929-08-29)August 29, 1929 – October 8, 2010(2010-10-08))[1] was an American gospel singer, song writer, actress, and humanitarian. She was popularly referred to as the "Queen of Gospel Music".


  • Early years 1
  • Musical career 2
  • Awards 3
  • Influences 4
  • Death 5
  • Discography 6
    • Notable singles 6.1
  • Videography 7
    • Film and other appearances 7.1
    • Television appearances 7.2
  • References 8
  • Further reading 9
  • External links 10

Early years

Walker was born in

  • Albertina Walker's Official website

External links

  • Heilbut, Tony, The Gospel Sound: Good News and Bad Times Limelight Editions, 1997, ISBN 0-87910-034-6.
  • Horace Clarence Boyer, How Sweet the Sound: The Golden Age of Gospel Elliott and Clark, 1995, ISBN 0-252-06877-7.
  • Viale, Gene D. I Remember Gospel and I Keep On Singing.  

Further reading

  1. ^ Johnson, Carla K. (October 8, 2010). Queen of Gospel' Albertina Walker dies at age 81"'".  
  2. ^ Albertina Walker at the Internet Movie Database
  3. ^ Carpenter, Bil (2005). Uncloudy Days: The Gospel Music Encyclopedia. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 426.  
  4. ^ , October 9, 2010.Chicago Tribune
  5. ^ Deborah Evans Price, Dec. 9, 2006


Walker appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America and The Tavis Smiley Show among others. Albertina Walker was a frequent guest on the nationally syndicated BET and Word television networks, Bobby Jones Gospel, Testify and Singsation.

Television appearances

he Gospel Legends

Film and other appearances


  • "I'm Still Here"
  • "Please Be Patient with Me"
  • "I Can Go to God in Prayer"
  • "I Got a Feeling (Everything Will Be Alright)"
  • "The Best Is Yet to Come"
  • "Impossible Dream"
  • "Joy Will Come"
  • "God Is Our Creator"
  • "Work on Me"
  • "In Shady Green Pastures"
  • "Don't Let Nobody Turn You Around"
  • "When God Dips His Pin of Love in My Heart"
  • "If I Perish"
  • "Ain't Got Tired Yet"
  • "Since I Met Jesus"
  • "Lord Keep Me Day by Day"
  • "Mary Don't You Weep" Albertina Walker
  • "Remember Me"
  • "I Know the Lord Will Make a Way"
  • "I'm Willing"
  • "Show Some Sign"
  • "I Won't Be Back"
  • "Make It In"

Notable singles


On her 81st birthday, Walker was admitted to a local Chicago Hospital and placed on a ventilator. For some time she had been battling emphysema. In early September, rumors of Walker’s death had spread so wildly that she posted a message on her Facebook page stating: “I’m still here no matter what you might have heard.” At the time, she was in ICU dealing with respiratory problems–a condition she battled for years, and kept her on oxygen. On Tuesday, September 7, Walker had a tracheostomy which doctors deemed a success, and she checked out of a Chicago hospital in late September and was admitted to RML specialty hospital for follow up care. She died on October 8, 2010 at 4:30 a.m.


Walker co-founded the United Negro College Fund, American Cancer Society, National Council of Negro Women, Nation of Islam's Million Family March, One Voice: "A Fight Against AIDS", NAACP and Operation Push. In 1988 Albertina Walker founded The Albertina Walker Scholarship Foundation for the Creative and Performing Arts. Her foundation offers financial assistance to college students in the form of scholarships to further their education in the field of music. During her reign as Queen of Gospel music, she also had four great accompanist/personal assistants, John McNeil, Eric Peterson, Robert Estevis and Sheila Mckinney. All have played an integral part of assisting and performing with Ms. Walker.

Ms. Walker is featured in the book entitled Who's Who in Black America as well as other volumes related to the Golden Age of Gospel Music. She received several keys to various cities and was honored at the Chicago Gospel Festival where a bench bearing her name was placed in downtown Chicago's Grant Park. The City of Chicago paid tribute to Albertina by renaming 35th and Cottage Grove "Albertina Walker and The Caravans Drive". Albertina was also conferred an honorary Doctor of Letters Degree by the Chicago Theological Seminary, an institution of the University of Chicago.


Albertina earned many awards and honors over her six decades of music ministry. Among them, a 1995 Grammy Award for the Best Traditional Gospel Album (Songs of The Church); 10 Grammy Award nominations; 5 Gold Records; 3 Stellar Awards; 3 Dove Awards; several Gospel Music Workshop of America Excellence Awards; an induction into the 2001 Gospel Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee. In 2005, the Grammys honored her contributions to the Gospel music industry. R.E.A.- Robert Estevis Award for the album, "The Caravans, Paved The Way" She was also the recipient of a National Heritage Fellowship. President George Bush honored Albertina Walker for her contribution to Gospel music May 31, 2002.


Walker recorded a reunion album with her group The Caravans entitled Paved the Way, which was released by Malaco Records on September 5, 2006. Performers included Walker, Dorothy Norwood, Inez Andrews,Robert Estevis and Delores Washington. The album was dubbed by Billboard magazine as one of the most memorable releases of 2006[5] and entered the Billboard charts in the top ten and remained in the top forty for sixteen weeks. Paved the Way was nominated for a Grammy, Dove, Soul Train Music Award and two Stellar Awards.

In 1995, Walker joined Thelma Houston, CeCe Peniston, Phoebe Snow and Lois Walden to record a gospel album in common, Good News in Hard Times, as the quintet called The Sisters of Glory.

In the mid-1970s, Walker signed with Bill Clinton, and South Africa's president, Nelson Mandela.

In the early 1950s Walker founded her own Gospel music group Delores Washington. Her discovery of these artists resulted in the nickname "Star Maker". Walker retired The Caravans in the late 1960s, performing as a solo artist.

Musical career

[4] after the death of Mahalia Jackson in 1972.genre, for her outstanding achievements within the Jesse L. Jackson, Sr and Rev. James Cleveland. She was popularly referred to as the "Queen of Gospel Music", initially by such notables as the late Reverend The Caravans interview. Albertina Walker did just that. In 1951, she formed the group called Washington Post, her friend and confidante, whom Jackson took on the road when Albertina was just a teenager. "Mahalia used to kid me. She'd say, 'Girl, you need to go sing by yourself,'" recalled Walker in a 2010 Mahalia Jackson Albertina was greatly influenced by [3]

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