Facilitator: Shelley Bukspan
The Staple Singers were an American gospel, soul and R&B singing group formed by the family patriarch Roebuck “Pop” Staples. The family began appearing in Chicago area churches in 1948. Their first public singing appearance was at the Mount Zion Church, Chicago, where Roebuck’s brother, the Rev. Chester Staples, was pastor. They signed their first professional contract in 1952 and during their early career they recorded in an acoustic gospel-folk style with various labels. In 1999, the group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and in 2005, the group was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
This workshop will look at the work and style of this gospel family and bring some of their music into the repertoire of Irish Gospel Choirs.