Tribute to "Mr. Malaco" Roy Wooten

Volume III, Issue 30
July 1, 2006


Jackson, MS. July 1, 2006-Roy “Mr. Malaco” Wooten, also affectionately referred to as Uncle Roy, walked through the doors of Malaco Music Group thirty-one years ago and never looked back. Wooten’s life was dedicated not only to music, but also to generosity, camaraderie, laughter, and love.

During his years at Malaco Records, Wooten held every position possible important to making a record and helped to create many hits for the label. He traveled tirelessly and in good humor to stations and stores across the nation for decades, making friends everywhere he went. Wooten was an expert at putting a positive spin on every situation, no matter the hour, day, or circumstance, and those who knew him will sorely miss his presence.

With his wife Esther, Wooten founded the Exclesisa Booking Agency, representing many gospel artists, including: The Canton Spirituals, Slim & The Supreme Angels, Spencer  Taylor & The Highway QCs, Darrell McFadden, Paul Porter, The Anointed Jackson Sisters, The Southern Sons, Ms. Bee Oliver and Jewell & Converted.

Wooten is survived by his wife, Esther, as well as three children: Miioka, Royriquez, and Hadassah Roinell; grandchildren Mikayla and Mikenzi, god-daughter Bee Oliver, and nieces Ruby Jones and Myra Ransom.

"God gets all the glory and praise for the things He is doing and has done in my life. With God, all things are possible to them that believe.”

Roy “Mr. Malaco” Wooten


Jackson, MS- In 1997,  Roy Wooten was diagnosed with colon cancer.  After elected surgery, Wooten underwent chemotherapy for a year, never faltering in his faith and positive outlook on life. With a strong support system around him and many prayers offered by family, friends, and colleagues across the nation,  Wooten set an example of courage, love, and an understanding of the gospel that will remain as a lasting testimony and source of inspiration. Wooten leaves behind a tremendous legacy as one of the indomitable pioneers of gospel music in the late 20th and early 21st century.


Jackson, MS. June 26, 2006- Sponsored by Malaco Records, a musical tribute to Roy “Mr. Malaco” Wooten was held on Monday, June 26 at the Greater Bethlehem Temple in Jackson, Mississippi. Bishop Philip D. Coleman served as the presiding pastor. Home-going services were held the following day, also at the Greater Bethlehem Temple. Those wishing to honor Wooten’s life may do so by contributing to The Roy Wooten Memorial Fund, c/o The Malaco Music Group, P.O. Box 9287, Jackson, MS, 39286.

Roy Wooten
April 25, 1948 to June 16, 2006
Kudos & Accomplishments

Sound Engineer & Road Manager: The Jackson Southernaires

1975: Joined Malaco Records Introduced by Frank Williams (Founder, Mississippi Mass Choir, former member of The Jackson Southernaires)

Co-Founder :
Soul Gospel Division
Malaco Records, worked in all capacities including Gospel Promotions

Executive Board:
Mississippi Mass Choir

National Promotion Manager:
GMWA Announcers Guild

Co-Founder and CEO:
Exclesisa Booking Agency
Partner: Esther Wooten
GMWA Pioneer Award

GMWA Quartet 
Frank Williams Award

Malaco Distinguished Award

American Gospel Quartet Frank Williams Award
Jackson Music Awards’
Frank Williams Memorial Award

Malaco Music Group Mourns The Passing of Roy "Mr. Malaco" Wooten

Contact:   Edna or Damian Bruce
                     ESP Public Relations
                    310.827.9727 or


Nationally known and loved Gospel Music veteren Roy C. Wooten passed away Friday, June 16th, in Jackson, MS. Lakeover Funeral Home, 1525 Beasley Road in Jackson will coordinate the funeral arrangements. A ‘Musical Tribute to Roy "Mr. Malaco" Wooten’ will be held Monday, June 26th at 6:30 PM at The Greater Bethlehem Temple Apostolic Faith Church, 1505 Robinson Street, Jackson, MS. The Homegoing Service for Mr. Wooten will be held Tuesday, June 27th at 12 o’clock noon, also at Greater Bethlehem Temple. Burial will follow at Garden Memorial Park, Highway 49 North in Jackson.

Mr. Wooten was a Rankin County native, born April 25th, 1948, to Andrew and Vesta Nelson, both of whom died in Roy’s infancy. Upon their passing, he was adopted and raised by Smith and Rosie Wooten in Chicago. At the age of nineteen Roy moved back to Jackson. Roy battled cancer first in 1997 and again in 2005, never once losing his faith or his indomitable spirit. Roy’s response to life’s trials was, "God gets all the glory and praise for the things He has done with my life. With God, all things are possible to them that believe." Roy was a member of the Springhill Christian Center in Raymond, MS.

Roy’s first introduction to the Gospel Music world was with the Jackson Southernaires as a Sound Engineer and road manager. Roy joined Malaco Records in 1975 along with the late Frank Williams, where the inseparable pair became instrumental in launching the hugely successful Soul Gospel Music division of the company. In his long tenure at Malaco Records, Roy worked tirelessly as a Gospel record promotion man, endearing himself to Gospel Music disc jockeys, radio programmers, record shop owners, recording artists and Gospel Music fans across the country, so much so that his acquaintances soon came to address Roy as "Mr. Malaco.". Affectionately known around the halls of the record company as "Uncle Roy", he worked for over 31 years in every aspect of creating successful Gospel recordings for Malaco Records. Roy and his wife, Esther, created and have operated the Exclesia Booking Agency for many years in Jackson, representing many famous Gospel Music artists across the country.

Roy was the recipient of the Gospel Music Workshop of America Pioneer’s Award, the GMWA Quartet Award, the American Gospel Quartet Frank Williams Award and the Jackson Music Awards’Frank Williams Memorial’ Award, to name a few.

Roy is survived by his wife, Esther, son Miioka, daughter-in-law, Lakisha and grandchildren Mikayla and Mikenzi, son Royriquez, daughter Hadassah Roinell, and beloved goddaughter, Bee Oliver. He leaves two cherished nieces, Ruby Jones and Myra Ransom, and a vast legion of friends across America.

In lieu of cards and flowers, the family requests that friends wishing to express respects send donations to the Roy Wooten Memorial Fund, Malaco Music Group, P. O. Box 9287, Jackson, MS, 39286.

For more information or photos of Roy please contact ESP Public Relaltions at 310.827.9727 or at

Malaco Singles Fill Indie Radio Charts

Volume III, Issue 29


Music Monitor Charts

5/25      Artist Song/Album Label

4           Dottie Peoples He Said It/Live in Memphis AIR
5           Luther Barnes & The Redd Budd Gospel Choir Somehow, Someway/Somehow,   Someway AIR
10         The Williams Brothers Be There/Greatest Hits,Plus Blackberry
11         Mosie Burks I Got A Grip/Mama Burks Malaco
18         Mississippi Mass Choir I’m Not Tired Yet/Not By Might Nor By Power Malaco
38         Anderson Sanctuary Choir Lord, I Thank You/Joyful Praise Malaco
42         Shadrach I Promise/I Won’t Worry No More Juana
49         Eddie Ruth Bradford You Held On Even When I Let Go/Saved By Grace Juana
50         Rev. Timothy Wright Let’s Celebrate/Let’s Celebrate (He Is Risen) AIR

Mama Burks Grips Radio Charts

Volume III, Issue 28


Jackson, MS-Mosie Burks, soloist for world-renown Mississippi Mass Choir made her solo artist debut at age 72 with self-titled Mama Burks (Malaco) in 2005. The single, “I Got A Grip,” has been gripping charts for weeks and reflects her attitude about faith and life. Indeed, Burks has a grip.

In the last few years, Burks has toured internationally with the Mississippi Mass Choir, been featured in the Disney documentary, America: Heart and Soul, and most recently, she has been recognized as the Mississippi Ageless Hero, by Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

From the cotton fields and plantations of the Mississippi Delta to international stages Burks sings with a joyful, contagious testimony that helps others to ‘get a grip’ as well.

Music Monitor Chart:
5/19 Artist Song/Album Label
23 Mosie Burks I Got A Grip/Mama Burks Malaco

Radio and Records
Most Played Recurrents
: Dottie Peoples, He Said It/Live in Memphis (AIR); Luther Barnes & The Red Budd Gospel Choir, Somehow, Someway (AIR)
Gospel New & Active: Williams Brothers,  Be There (Blackberry)
5/19 Artist Song/Album Label
29 Mosie Burks I Got A Grip/Mama Burks Malaco

Billboard Radio Monitor
TW LW WO      Artist Title Label
14   12     41       Dottie Peoples He Said It (Live) AIR/Malaco
33   31     4         Mosie Burks I Got A Grip Malaco


The Mississippi Mass Choir

The Mississippi Mass Choir has been one of the most influential choirs since the early nineties. Directed by David R. Curry, the choir is more than one hundred voices strong, boasting an international touring ensemble as well as a live group for recordings and stateside concerts.

Their debut album remained on Billboard charts for more than forty-five weeks and claimed several GMWA awards. Their sophomore release, God Gets the Glory hit number one two weeks after its 1990 release and It Remains to Be Seen, their greatest hit to date, remained on charts for more than a year, received the Soul Train Award for Best Gospel Album of 1993, and erased any doubt that might have lingered as to the power and talent contained in this Mississippi gospel choir.

The group tours regularly and is currently managed by Jerry Mannery, former Executive Director of Malaco’s gospel division.

Malaco Distributes Ten-Year-Old Veteran Li'l Bobb'e Bling

Malaco Blues News

Malaco Distributes Ten Year Old Veteran Li’l Bobb’e Bling

Jackson, MS–Bobb’e J. Thompson a.k.a. Li’l Bobb’e Bling is for many, a household name. At ten-years-old, this rapper makes his solo debut May 16, 2006, with I’ll Always Love My  Momma on Da Pitt Bull Kat Records (Malaco Distribution), but as an entertainer, he is a veteran.

At age five, Li’l Bobb’e rapped his way to first place at the McDonalds’ Kids Talent Search. The prize? An opportunity of a lifetime that set into motion a string of opportunities that made him famous and endeared him to his fans.

The opportunity? A chance to perform at the famous Apollo Theatre in New York City. His outstanding performance led to his 2002 win of the Apollo Theatre Talented Tykes competition at age six. This second title led to an appearance on the Sally Jesse Raphael show where manager Lauren Lloyd took notice, signed him on and brought him to Hollywood.

Li’l Bobb’e is currently touring with Warner Brother’s new television show The JammX Kids, a dynamic group of hip-hop dancers/singers. This latest performance credit follows an impressive biography of television and film credits that include multiple spots on Disney’s That’s So Raven, as well as the following: Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of ‘Diff’rent Strokes,’ Blood Money (Busta Rhymes), My Baby’s Daddy (Miramax, Eddie Griffin, Anthony Anderson), Speakerboxx (Outkast HBO), Shark Tale (voice of Shortie), Snow, Cellular, Whoopi, My Baby’s Daddy, Full Clip, The Tracy Morgan Show, Doggy Fizzle Televizzle (Snoop Dogg,), America’s Most Talented Kid, Live with Regis and Kathie Lee, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and The Sharon Osbourne Show.

Single: “I’ll Always Love My Momma”
Video: “I’ll Always Love My Momma”
CD Cuts:
Cars/Clap Your Hands/I’ll Always Love My Momma/What, What/A Brand New Dog/The Throwback/Sleeper/Rock Wit Me/Everything To Me/I’ll Always Love My Momma (Remix)
NOTE: The JammX Kids CD (Warner Brothers) has also just released and features Li’l Bobb’e as well.

Larome Powers Debuts on Waldoxy Records

Jackson, MS-Malaco Music Group, home to some of the finest Soul/Blues artists on the market, introduces their latest gem, Larome Powers with his debut release on the label, What’s Life Without Love. The project hit the streets on May 16, 2006 and includes the radio single “Shake & Shimmy.”

Powers was introduced to the Blues scene with the powerful Somebody’s Chasin’ My Cat (Blues Club International) in 2003, an album which has been heard all the way to Germany. Badddog Blues calls it a “Bluesy, soul-drenched affair.”

Fans will not be disappointed with What’s Life Without Love, a southern soul release that mixes old school styles with a ‘flava’ singular to Powers.

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