Inez Andrews

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Sister Inez McConico Andrews
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Born: April 14, 1929 in Birmingham, Alabama – Died: December 19, 2012 in South Side Chicago, IL. Inez Andrews was an American gospel singer, songwriter and recording artist. Her soaring, wide-ranging voice — from contralto croon to soul-wrenching wail — made her a pillar of gospel music. The Chicago Tribune stated that "Andrews' throaty contralto made her low notes thunder, while the enormous range of her instrument enabled her to reach stratospheric pitches without falsetto" and that "her dramatic delivery made her a charismatic presence in church and on stage. Andrews started singing in the church as a child and performed gospel music on the road in various gospel groups from the 1940s before joining The Caravans in 1957. Fellow member from The Caravans in the 1950s, Shirley Caesar, once dubbed Andrews "The High Priestess" for her ability to hit high notes, and, in 2013, stated, "there never was and never will be another voice like Inez Andrews." Another early member of the Caravans, Albertina Walker often said, "nothing ever worked for the Caravans until Inez started whistling" — hitting the high notes. She sang lead on The Caravans first breakthrough hit, "Mary Don't You Weep", and also had hits as a solo artist with crossover recordings such as "Lord Don't Move The Mountain". Andrews began her singing career in the 1940s with two groups in Birmingham, Alabama: Carter's Choral Ensemble and the Original Gospel Harmonettes. By the mid-1950s, the Harmonettes were one of the nation's top gospel groups, with Andrews the understudy for the group's lead singer, Dorothy Love Coates. Coates recommended Andrews to the Caravans, and she eventually moved north to Chicago to become widely known as that group's first successful singer, leading them to the high of their popularity in the 1950s and early 1960s. In 1962, Andrews left the Caravans to start her own group, Inez Andrews and the Andrewettes. They toured the country performing songs such as "It's in My Heart" and her composition "(Lord I Wonder) What Will Tomorrow Bring?” By 1967 she was touring as a soloist and lead a successful solo career, she later reunited with The Caravans. She was referred to in 2012 by the New York Times as "the last great female vocalist of gospel's golden age," ranking among the likes of other music legends from the "Golden Era" of Black Gospel (1945–60) - Mahalia Jackson, Marion Williams, Dorothy Love Coates, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Clara Ward. In 2002 Andrews was inducted into the Gospel Hall of Fame. It was announced prior to her death that Andrews would be honoured with the Ambassador Dr. Bobby Jones Legend Award at the 2013 Stellar Awards. The award ended up being presented posthumously.
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Albums

SBLP 201 Inez Andrews - Letter To Jesus album art Inez Andrews Letter To Jesus (Album) Song Bird (2) SBLP 201 US 1966 Sell This Version
SBLP-213 Inez Andrews - Close To Thee album art Inez Andrews Close To Thee (Album) Song Bird (2) SBLP-213 US 1969 Sell This Version
SBLP-226 Inez Andrews - Lord, Don't Move The Mountain album art Inez Andrews Lord, Don't Move The Mountain (Album) Song Bird (2) SBLP-226 US 1973 Sell This Version
SBLP-254 Inez Andrews - Live At The Munich Gospel Festival album art Inez Andrews Live At The Munich Gospel Festival (Album) ABC Songbird SBLP-254 US 1974 Sell This Version
SBLP-239 Inez Andrews - More Church In The Home album art Inez Andrews More Church In The Home (Album) ABC Songbird SBLP-239 US 1974 Sell This Version
SBLP-259 Inez Andrews - This Is Not The First Time I've Been Last album art Inez Andrews This Is Not The First Time I've Been Last (Album) Song Bird (2), ABC Songbird SBLP-259 US 1975 Sell This Version
SBLP-266 Inez Andrews - War On Sin album art Inez Andrews War On Sin(LP) ABC Songbird SBLP-266 US 1976 Sell This Version
SB-269 Inez Andrews - Chapter Five album art Inez Andrews Chapter Five (Album) ABC Songbird SB-269 US 1978 Sell This Version
SL-14591 Inez Andrews - Recorded "Live" In Chicago, Illinois album art The Remarkable Inez Andrews* With The True Voices Of Christ Concert Ensemble The Remarkable Inez Andrews* With The True Voices Of Christ Concert Ensemble - Recorded "Live" In Chicago, Illinois (Album) Savoy Records SL-14591 US 1980 Sell This Version
SL 14638 Inez Andrews - I Made A Step album art Inez Andrews I Made A Step (Album) Savoy Records SL 14638 US 1981 Sell This Version
SL 14682 Inez Andrews - My Testimony album art Inez Andrews My Testimony(LP, Album) Savoy Records SL 14682 US 1982 Sell This Version
SL 14731 Inez Andrews - Lord Lift Us Up album art Inez Andrews Lord Lift Us Up(LP, Album) Savoy Records SL 14731 US 1984 Sell This Version
LPS800 Inez Andrews - Jehovah Is His Name album art Inez Andrews Jehovah Is His Name (Album) Jewel Records (3) LPS800 US 1986 Sell This Version
5004 Inez Andrews - If Jesus Came To Your Town Today album art Inez Andrews If Jesus Came To Your Town Today(LP, Album) Ichiban Records 5004 Mexico 1988 Sell This Version
SF 1006 Inez Andrews - The Two Sides Of Inez Andrews album art Inez Andrews The Two Sides Of Inez Andrews (Album) Spirit Feel Records SF 1006 US 1989 Sell This Version
EK 48594 Inez Andrews - Raise Up A Nation album art Inez Andrews Raise Up A Nation Word, Epic EK 48594 US 1991 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

1117 Inez Andrews - Close To Thee album art Inez Andrews Close To Thee(7") Song Bird (2) 1117 US 1968 Sell This Version
1164 Inez Andrews - I Want To Die Easy / I Hear Music album art Inez Andrews I Want To Die Easy / I Hear Music (Single) Song Bird (2) 1164 US 1969 Sell This Version
1203 Inez Andrews - I'm Free / Lord Don't Move The Mountain album art Inez Andrews I'm Free / Lord Don't Move The Mountain (Single) Song Bird (2) 1203 US 1972 Sell This Version
SB-1211 Inez Andrews - Looking Back / On The Battlefield album art Inez Andrews Looking Back / On The Battlefield Song Bird (2) SB-1211 US 1973 Sell This Version
SB-1216 Inez Andrews - Headline News album art Inez Andrews Headline News Song Bird (2) SB-1216 US 1974 Sell This Version
SB-23008 Inez Andrews - Help Me / God's Humble Servant album art Inez Andrews Help Me / God's Humble Servant ABC Songbird SB-23008 US 1975 Sell This Version
SB-23009 Inez Andrews - War On Sin album art Inez Andrews War On Sin (Single) ABC Songbird SB-23009 US 1976 Sell This Version
SB-23010 Inez Andrews - O Lord Bless Me album art Inez Andrews O Lord Bless Me(7", Single, Promo) ABC Songbird SB-23010 US 1976 Sell This Version
SB-23011 Inez Andrews - The Healer album art Inez Andrews The Healer (Single) ABC Songbird SB-23011 US 1978 Sell This Version