It’s always refreshing to read about the artistry and impact of trailblazers from gospel’s Golden Age. Today, Mary Colurso of The Birmingham News spotlights the inimitable Dorothy Love Coates.
Nowadays, Coates is perhaps best known for the songs she composed. However, at the height of her stardom, her gravelly voice and theatrical stage presence drew the attention of singers both sacred and, well, “worldly,” as it was called in the 1950’s and 60’s.
Read about her and her lasting contributions to music here: Year of Alabama Music: Dorothy Love Coates.
Libra Nicole Boyd, PhD is a musician, award-winning author, gospel music aficionado, and the founder and editor of Gospel Music Fever™. Her commitment to journalistic integrity includes bringing you reliable gospel music content that uplifts and advances the art form. Libra is presently working on several scholarly projects about gospel music in the media as well as gospel music in social movements.