Malaco Blues News: Malaco Wins Honors/Willie Clayton Releases New CD

Malaco Blues News

Volume I, Issue 10


New Orleans, LA. August 9, 2006-During the sixth annual International Black Broadcasters Association convention, in New Orleans, Louisiana, Malaco Records was honored with The Gospel Label of the Year Award. D. A. Johnson, Executive Director of the Gospel Division accepted the award on behalf of Malaco. Mr. Noble Womble, National Director of Urban Promotions, won the IBBA Survivor Award.

During his acceptance speech, Womble recalled fond memories from his forty-two years of dedicated service in the black music industry.

“I am very grateful to have received this prestigious award. I have worked with some of the biggest Rap groups and R&B groups in the industry. Artists like Howard Hewitt, Anita Baker, Betty Wright and also some of the biggest Rap artists in the country. Groups like Run DMC, Ice Cube, Luther Campbell, Eric “Easy E” Wright and many more. What a great time. In early 1977 the distribution company that I was working for, Big State, filed for bankruptcy. That’s when Stewart Madison and Tommy Couch Sr. called me to come work for Malaco. I’ve been here ever since. There are so many stories to tell...about the fun we’ve had. I wish I had the time.”

Womble has worked with many blues and southern soul artists as well, including: Johnny Taylor, Tyrone Davis and Bobby Bland.

Willie Clayton To Release Gifted

Jackson, MS-Willie Clayton, honored at the 28th Annual Jackson Awards this summer for his gifts in the music industry, taking home International Entertainer, Vocalist, and Producer of the Year Awards, is slated to release another album on the Malaco label aptly titled, Gifted.
With forty years of singing under his belt, Clayton is consistently found on blues and southern soul radio charts and is often behind the podium at awards shows and events, accepting honors.
He is well known for his smooth sexy voice and high energy concerts and delivers just that with thirteen new cuts on Gifted, featuring guest artist Shirley Brown on the single, “Trust.” Gifted will release October 3, 2006.

‘Jewman’ Distributed by Malaco Records

Jackson, MS-WG Records recently released Jew 2 by artist Jewman (Mr. Swagg), featuring his hit single “Swagg.” Other artists on the album include Young Shad and Lil Boosie. “Poof Be Gone” is the second single released to radio. Malaco Records will distribute the project.





 4          4  Throw Back Days  Mel Waiters Waldoxy
 5          5 Here Kitty Kitty Billy "Soul" Bonds Waldoxy
 6          6  Full Circle  Willie Clayton   Malaco 
22        21 Simply Soul Vick Allen Waldoxy
23        24 What's Life Without Love Larome Powers Waldoxy
40        40  No Doubt  Floyd Taylor  Malaco

Malaco Christian Distribution Wins 5th CBA Award

Malaco: Legendary Gospel Music

Malaco Headlines

Volume III, Issue 32


Denver, CO. July 2006-Malaco Christian Distribution, in its eighth year, took home its fifth CBA Award, Best Booth Music (300 square feet or under), at the International Christian Retailing Show in Denver.

Playing off the "Hot' theme that has branded the company for so many years, Tony goodwin, Managing Director for Malaco Christian Distribution, used the slogan 'Hot Hits, Cool Tunes,' set against an inviting backyard barbecue display.

Goodwin explains, "I did a 'backyard' feel, complete with a fire-pit, barbecue grill and Bugs!! I was serving up great Gospel music. Some of it was 'rare' because we have the largest and richest Gospel collection held throughout the world...but it's all HOT!"

Booth guests were offered fun bug finger-puppets, bug tattoos, and bug stickers, while buyers received cool music at a hot price.

MCD also won the booth award during the 2000, 2001, and 2002 CBA show as well as best retail sales promotion in 2002 for is Red Hot Gospel Campaign.


Atlanta, GA. July 19-22-MegaFest 2006, in its second year, has drawn tens of thousands to its venues in Atlanta, GA, for four days of events. Hosted by Bishop T.D. Jakes in a 'Celebration of Unity,' MegaFest includes instruction on topics that touch on issues regarding family, faith and finance, accented each night by powerful concerts with some of the gospel industry's top artists.

Euclid Gray and DA Minista, both signed to Malaco Records, showed up and out at the event to perform cuts from their debut albums on the label. Their events were very well received by fans of all ages.

Indianapolis, IN. July, 2006-Both Gray and Da Minista also performed at the Indiana Black Expo.


Jackson, MS-Doug and Melvin Williams (Blackberry Records) will be guest artists on Shawn McLemore's (Worldwide Records) live recording. Additional guest artists include Angela Spivey. The concert is slated for August, 2006 at the Saint Stephens Baptist Church in Houston, Texas.

McLemore is known for his work as songwriter, vocalist, and producer and has worked wtih John P. Kee, Donnie McClurkin, Mattie Moss Clark, and The Williams Brothers, among others. His debut with Verity Records, Wait On Him, in 1997, charted on the Top 40 Top Gospel Albums Billboard charts.

The Williams Brothers have been recognized at the Grammies, Stellars, GMWA and elsewhere for their award-winning vocals, songwriting, and producing talents. They recently moved their Blackberry Records label operations to Jackson, MS.


Jackson, MS-Released in 2005, The Mississippi Mass Choir's latest release with Malaco Records, Not By Might, Nor By Power, climbed to the top of the Billboard charts for well over a year, simultaneously hitting The Billboard 200 at #191 and  Top Gospel Albums at #3. Reaching the #10 slot for Top Heatseekers and #18 for Top Independent Albums, this best-seller peaked at #3 in 2006 on the Top Gospel Albums chart.

The Mississippi Mass Choir hit #1 with the following albums: The Mississippi Mass Choir, God Gets The Glory, It Remains To Be Seen; #2 with I'll See You In The Rapture.


July 23, 2006

Position   Artist      Song/Album                            Label                  Weeks Out            Peak

7     Luther Barnes & The Red Budd Gospel Choir    

     Somehow, Someway/Somehow, Someway        AIR                              40                4

8      Dottie Peoples     He Said It/Live in Memphis AIR                             57                2

11    The Williams Brothers  Be There/Greatest Hits, Plus Blackberry        19                 4

20 The Mississippi Mass Choir  I'm Not Tired Yet/Not By Might  MAL     65                2

36  Anderson Sanctuary Choir   Lord, I Than You/Joyful Praise   MAL    68                 7

48  The Mississippi Mass Choir  If I Be Lifted Up/Not By Might   MAL    31               20

Malaco Artists Sweep Mississippi Award Show



July 15, 2006    


Jackson, MS. July 15, 2006-Saturday, July 9, 2006, marked the 28th Annual Mississippi Gospel Music Awards, one of the most respected statewide awards ceremonies in the country. Malaco Music Group, always a natural fit for a commanding presence during the show, swept the gospel awards with eleven impressive wins, as follows:

Harvey Watkins Sr. Gospel Legends Honoree -  Mosie Burks

National Female Soloist Of The Year – Dottie Peoples

Song Of The Year By A National Single Artist – “I Got A Grip” Mosie Burks

National Male Lead Singer Of A Group – Luther Barnes

Songwriter Of The Year – Pastor Timmie Miller aka/ DA Minista “Don’t You Wanna Be Saved”

National Male Soloist Of The Year - Shadrach Robinson

National Male Lead Singer Of A Choir – Luther Barnes

Best Song Recorded By A National Group – “Be There”, The Williams Brothers

National Choir Of The Year – Mississippi Mass Choir

The Frank Williams Memorial Award – D.A. Johnson (Director of the Gospel Division, Malaco Music Group)

Song Of The Year Recorded By A National Choir – “Somehow Someway” Luther Barnes & The Red Budd Gospel Choir

The Mississippi Gospel Music Awards took place in downtown Jackson, MS, on July 9, 2006 at the Marriott Hotel.


Malaco Headlines: Caravans Pave Way For Solo Successes



Volume III, Issue 31

July 12, 2006


Jackson, MS- In 1951, Albertina Walker decided to put together a gospel group that would lift the name of the Lord and share her testimony and love for Him. Simple. So she listened to singers and reflected back on lessons she learned from one of her first gospel teachers, Thomas A. Dorsey (The Father of Gospel Blues) as well as songstress Mahalia Jackson (The Queen of Gospel) and she made her selections. The rest, as they say, is history. It wasn’t long before the group became known as the best touring gospel group in the nation and people soon realized they were the best female act out there. From 1952-1956, the group recorded with the States label, enjoying the nickname, ‘The Queens of the Gospel Circuit.”  In 1958, Savoy Records picked them up and the group added Shirley Caesar and Delores Washington. The group later found its home with VeeJay Records (1962), enjoying a stable run and many hits for the next four years.
 A discussion about the early years of gospel music is not complete without incorporating The Caravans, as the group truly helped to launch many successful solo careers throughout their heyday. These include:
Albertina Walker, Dorothy Norwood, James Cleveland, Inez Andrews, Shirley Caesar, Bessie Griffin, and Cassietta George.

The Caravans: Paved The Way

Release Date: September 5, 2006



     Quartet music is a cornerstone of gospel music and The Caravans helped to ‘pave the way’ for many as they hit the road in the fifties and sixties. Their contributions to the industry were honored in January of 2006 as they were inducted into the American Gospel Quartet Hall of Fame. Some of their greatest hits include: “Mary, Don’t You Weep,” “Walk Around Heaven All Day,” “Sweeping Through the City,” and “No Coward Soldiers.”
      Albertina Walker, Dorothy Norwood, Inez Andrews, and Shirley Caesar have enjoyed tremendous success in the years following their careers with The Caravans. Each has won numerous awards and been recognized at Grammy, Dove, and Stellar Awards, not to mention by other foundations and organizations. They have collectively been active in the recording industry for almost 200 years.  
      It is significant to note that Dorothy Norwood’s first record, Johnny and Jesus was an immediate hit and certified Gold. She was also the opening act for The Rolling Stones in the seventies and has recorded over forty albums for the Malaco/Savoy label family, topping the gospel charts many times.
      Albertina Walker was first nominated for a Grammy while signed to Savoy Records (Please Be Patient With Me, 1970) and Inez Andrews, dubbed the ‘Sweet Songbird of Gospel,’ was honored by  Don Robey of Peacock Records as one of the first artist’s signed to his subsidiary label (Songbird) which was also named after her. Andrews later signed with Savoy Records for a period.

Music from the Caravans can be found on many collections of gospel hits and nostalgic gospel albums such as the following:

Songs Mama Used to Sing

The Heritage of Gospel

Great Golden Gospel Hits, Vol. 3

The Caravans Sing, The Staple Singers Sing

The Best of Shirley Caesar and the Caravans

For more selections, please visit:

Press Release: Caravans Reunite After 40 Years


July 10, 2006  


Jackson, MS. July 10, 2006-Malaco Records, the gospel industry’s largest independent label, is set to release The Caravans: Paved The Way, on September 5, 2006. This project is the first for the group in forty years and brings together founder Albertina Walker as well as members Dorothy Norwood, Inez Andrews, and Delores Washington.
The project, initiated and produced by the award-winning, legendary Norwood (Malaco Records), was also co-produced by the Reverend Milton Biggham (Savoy Records, The Georgia Mass Choir) and Albertina Walker. The album includes seven classic standards and features the group’s hit single “Mary Don’t You Weep” along with six new songs.

Walker, who became known as ‘The Star-Maker’ for her uncanny ability to find phenomenal talent for the group, began her career singing at the age of four at Chicago’s West Point Baptist Church, where the album was recorded. Under the tutelage of the great Thomas A. Dorsey and Mahalia Jackson, Walker’s talents flourished and she went on to earn the title ‘Queen of Gospel’ following the death of Jackson in the sixties.

The Caravans, known as the most popular touring gospel group from the late fifties to early sixties, helped launch highly successful solo careers for many in gospel music such as: Dorothy Norwood, Shirley Caesar, Inez Andrews, Bessie Griffin, James Cleveland, and Cassietta George. Malaco Records and sister label, Savoy, have been home to many of these artists throughout the decades, boasting one of the richest collections of gospel music available.

 “We have been fortunate at Malaco to have worked with some of the finest talent in the industry. We are also proud to have played an active role in helping these artists throughout their careers,” states Tommy Couch, Sr., President of Malaco Music Group. “It is exciting to have these four voices come together and recreate the incredible quartet sound that identified The Caravans as one of the hottest gospel groups of all time. They really did pave the way for many to follow, which is why the album title is so fitting,” finishes Couch.

Walker supports Couch’s remarks and states, “All I have ever wanted to do was sing Gospel music and live in Chicago. We paved the way. I’m not bragging or anything, but the Lord used us. He used us to lay the foundation for the future. Money wasn’t the thing. We did it because we loved the Lord. That is what I was taught and that is what I still believe. We were young. We were saved. And any way that He wanted to use us, we were willing to do it and that is the way it was and still is,” Walker adds.

The reunited group will appear on the BET “Lift Every Voice” special, The Bobby Jones Gospel Hour (The Word Network and BET), TV1’s The Gospel of Music with Jeff Majors, television special, Gospel Superfest. Visit for more information.


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