Jackson c. 1962, photographed by Carl Van Vechten
|Birth name||Mahala Jackson|
October 26, 1911|
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
|Died||January 27, 1972
Evergreen Park, Illinois, U.S.
|Labels||Decca Coral, Apollo, Columbia|
It is easy to be independent when you've got money. But to be independent when you haven't got a thing, that's the Lord's test.
If you believe in God, He will open the windows of heaven and pour blessings upon you.
The Lord doesn't like us to be dead. Be alive. Sometimes I dance to the glory of the Lord, because He said so.
Faith and prayer are the vitamins of the soul; man cannot live in health without them.
God can make you anything you want to be, but you have to put everything in his hands.
Sometimes you ask God for something and you don't know what you're asking.
How can you sing of amazing grace and all God's wonders without using your hands?
When you sing gospel you have a feeling there is a cure for what's wrong.
I don't worry too much about the script, I just ad lib, like Pearl Bailey.
If you want me to sing this Christmas song with the feeling and the meaning, you better see if you can locate that check.
The old Devil gets mad when you're trying to do good. Pray that God will move the stumbling blocks.
Do you know most of the Jewish songs have the same trend of sadness as Negro spirituals?
Time is important to me because I want to sing long enough to leave a message. I'm used to singing in churches where nobody would dare stop me until the Lord arrives!
Gospel music rhythms are not African in origin, although I know that's what the jazz experts say.
Baby, black promoters oppressed me before white promoters ever got hold of me. Don't talk skin to me.