January 06, 2007
Gospel - Traditional, Soul, West Coast
Archie Brownlee, Blind Boys, Sam Cooke, Soul Stirrers, Violinaires
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Through the years, Gospel music has gone through several changes. Stemming from the a cappella style of Gospel's Golden age, to the very large and sometime overly produced material of today's Gospel sound. Fortunately, there are still a few artists who believe in getting the message across and not just the music. Such is the case with the W.D. Gospel Singers of Sacramento. These gentlemen have the ability to take the traditional approach in creating their material, and mix it with a soulful, but spiritual groove. Together this combination is what the WD's call "Gospel Soul." The W.D. Gospel Singers were organized in 1981by Washington brothers (Willie, Lonzie, and Clem), and the Dostie brothers (Arthur and Vernell). As time went on, some changes took place. The Dostie brothers left the group, and the WD's added vocalist Charles Ward and 16year old guitarist-vocalist Marcel Smith. Today, the group consists of; Willie Washington, Charles Ward, Marcel Smith, Marcus Davis, Eugene Lomax, Anthony Brown C.L. Fredricks and Louis Thompson. The W.D.'s have opened for or toured with The Gospel Keynotes, Pilgrim Jubilees, Five Blind Boys of MS., Five Blind Boys of Ala., Soul Stirrers, Mighty Clouds of Joy, Highway QC's, Shirley Caesar, Taj Mahal, Bobby Rush, Dr. John, Carlos Santana, John Lee Hooker, Little Milton, Al Green, Lou Rawls and many others. Their soul stirring live performances in and around California have earned them a loyal following. Since 1993, the WD's have enjoyed performing at other (non-religious) venues, the Reno Hilton Reno, NV. Heritage Festival Sacramento, CA., Palms Davis CA., and the prestigious San Francisco Blues Festival, S.F., CA. just to name a few. In 1994, Have Mercy Records debuted the WD's first Compact Disc ("Old Time Religion") that received excellent reviews and regular rotational spots on various gospel and R&B radio stations throughout the country. In 1996, the WD's made their first major tour beginning with the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival in Davenport, Iowa. Chicago, IL., Indianapolis, IND., Kansas City, MO., St. Louis, MO., Denver, CO., Las Vegas, NV. Los Angeles. In 1997-8 WD's spent time on the road, and working with other Have Mercy Recording artists with various projects (e.g. "Penance" by Arbess William). In 2001, the W.D.'s completed the Have Mercy Records release, "Workin' the Road". The promotional disc is in high demand from both religious and secular disc jockeys. This recording promises to be one of there best recordings. In 2003-05, the WD's performed at the Monterey Blues Festival with other noted performers, Clarence Fountain, and the Five Blind Boys of Alabama, Temptations, Lou Rawls, and the Rev. Al Green. In 2006 the WD's signed VESPER RECORDS. New CD "My Everything" release in 2007
October 16, 2009
On Sunday, October 18, 2009 at 4:pm The W.D. Gospel Singers will be celelbrating their 28th Anniversary. At the Unity MBC 3308 4th Ave Sacto, Ca. Some of the artists appearing will be: Sensational Harmonizers, Gospel Motivators, Spiritual Keys (formerly the Corinthians),Oakland Silvertones. Our Emcee will be Johnny Evans of Oakland, CA.
We will be doing a tribute to the memory of the Late Willie Washington and a Special Presentation to Charles Ward.
Come out and enjoy an afternoon of good Gospel singing,
July 16, 2009
Someone is selling bootlegged copies of The W.D. Gospel Singers CD's in the Sacramento, Ca. area. Unless you purchase from our sites, direct mail or from us at our concerts... BEWARE! They're Fake! If you have been a victim of this game we humbly apologize. If you know the establishment pushing these unauthorized CD's please report them to us or the local authorities so justice can be served.