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Mahalia Jackson

Jackson c. 1962, photographed by Carl Van Vechten
Background information
Birth name Mahala Jackson
Born (1911-10-26)October 26, 1911[1]
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
Died January 27, 1972(1972-01-27) (aged 60)
Evergreen Park, Illinois, U.S.
Genres Gospel
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1927–1971
Labels Decca Coral, Apollo, Columbia
Associated acts

Albertina Walker
Aretha Franklin
Dorothy Norwood
Della Reese
Cissy Houston
Milton Brunson

Blues are the songs of despair, but gospel songs are the songs of hope.
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.
Mahalia Jackson
If you believe in God, He will open the windows of heaven and pour blessings upon you.
Mahalia Jackson
You're blessed if you have the strength to work.
The Lord doesn't like us to be dead. Be alive. Sometimes I dance to the glory of the Lord, because He said so.
Mahalia Jackson
Faith and prayer are the vitamins of the soul; man cannot live in health without them.
Mahalia Jackson
Without a song, each day would be a century.
I hope to bring people to God with my songs.
God can make you anything you want to be, but you have to put everything in his hands.
Mahalia Jackson
Sometimes you ask God for something and you don't know what you're asking.
Mahalia Jackson
How can you sing of amazing grace and all God's wonders without using your hands?
Mahalia Jackson
The mind and the voice by themselves are not sufficient.
When you sing gospel you have a feeling there is a cure for what's wrong.
Mahalia Jackson
When you are through with the blues, you've got nothing to rest on.
I don't worry too much about the script, I just ad lib, like Pearl Bailey.
Mahalia Jackson
Put your mind on the gospel. And remember - there's one God for all.
If you want me to sing this Christmas song with the feeling and the meaning, you better see if you can locate that check.
Mahalia Jackson
I close my eyes when I sing so I can feel the song better.
They thought I was a success as soon as I started paying the bills.
The old Devil gets mad when you're trying to do good. Pray that God will move the stumbling blocks.
Mahalia Jackson
Anybody singing the blues is in a deep pit yelling for help.
Do you know most of the Jewish songs have the same trend of sadness as Negro spirituals?
Mahalia Jackson
This is the place to see the stars - Hollywood Bowl.
One thing about playing the real jazz is that you can't count it.
I'll come to any benefit if I see SCLC get all the money.
The trouble with records is that they're too short.
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!
Mahalia Jackson
Anybody that sings the blues is in a deep pit, yelling for help.
Money just draws flies.
Gospel music rhythms are not African in origin, although I know that's what the jazz experts say.
Mahalia Jackson
My hands, my feet, I throw my whole body to say all that is within me.
Baby, black promoters oppressed me before white promoters ever got hold of me. Don't talk skin to me.
Mahalia Jackson
Everybody needs somebody.