Clara Ward Singers: Gospel Music Wasn’t Always Anointed [VIDEOS]
Originally posted: June 26, 2011
We were browsing through some YouTube videos trying to get some anointing from what many call traditional or old school gospel music. We ran up on some Clara Ward Singers and thought about how some of our mothers used to love them some Clara Ward Singers! So we were persuaded to take a look back to how things used to be.
Well to our surprise, we saw some things that shocked us. Many of us remember gospel quartet singing or female groups as filled with the anointing of God. This is the case in many of the groups back in the mid 1900′s but maybe some of the groups, like Clara Ward Singers sang for the paychecks and not always necessarily for God. We are sorry if some people get offended but we are only revealing what may be the cause of the carnality in gospel music today.
Here’s the video of the Clara Ward Singers singing “We’ll Soon Be Done” they appear to be really traditional until you see the lead singer Clara Ward walk down from the platform to the audience. She actually makes her way over to a woman seated upfront and shakes her hand repeatedly then surprisingly she takes a seat on the woman’s lap and bounces up and down.
Here’s another video of the Clara Ward Singers singing and another group member is leading the song. As the group is beating their tambourines, the lead singer seems very hyper and starts doing some dance like the funky chicken while shaking her hips which seems totally inappropriate. Again, it looks more like for show and entertainment as the audience is mostly white. It kind of reminds us of the old days when blacks would perform for white audiences and clown around in their buffoonery acts to get paid.
If you forward the video to 2:25 you will see what we just mentioned.
This is what many of the gospel artists are doing today… just for show without the anointing. History surely repeats itself though we did not know it then.