Albertina Walker dead at 81

    The legendary, Grammy Award-winning Gospel pioneer Albertina Walker died Friday at the age of 81.

     

    The legendary, Grammy Award-winning Gospel pioneer Albertina Walker died Friday at the age of 81.
     
    After her long battle with emphysema Albertina died at Friday morning at 4:30 a.m. in the Chicago hospital, where she had been since late August.
     
    Internet rumors of Albertina’s passing had been circulating since early September, but it’s now confirmed by her manager, Eric Peterson.
     
    Born in 1929, the Chicago native got her first shine of the spotlight at the age of 4 when singing in the choir at West Point Baptist church. Albertina was urged to pursue a gospel singing career by gospel icon Mahalia Jackson, who later became her mentor and good friend.
     
    At 22-years-old, Albertina launched her official singer career with Mahalia’s hel[. Together, they founded a group called The Caravans, which introduced the careers of Shirley Caesar, Cassietta George, Dorothy Norwood, Inez Andrews, Delores Washington and the late Rev. James Cleveland among others.
     
    Albertina was a fixture in body and spirit at Chicago’s Gospel Festival since the event’s inception, both solo and with the Caravans.

     

     

    — ReDonah Anderson

     

     

     

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