~~~ Gospel Singing ~~~
The first time I ever sang solo in public for an audience was at my church at age 6.
My love for singing gospel music is inherited. I come from a long line of gospel singers and I love gathering around the piano at family functions to harmonize with all those related voices!
At age 11, God blessed me with the ability to play guitar without ever having had a lesson. I now also play keyboard and am lead guitarist in my church band. I have written some of my own music that I enjoy performing.
"...I will declare thy Name unto my brethren; in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto Thee." Heb.2:12
At the Tent @ Graceland with Ed Enoch of the Stamps Quartet
The Imperials began recording with Elvis in the late 60's and were a part of his famous Las Vegas shows. The Stamps Quartet began touring with Elvis in 1972 and were an integral part of his shows until his death in 1977.
Ed Enoch, left, Gordon Stoker, second left, and Joe Moscheo, right, are congratulated by Elvis Presley Foundation CEO Jack Soden, second from from right, during a reception before the gospel Music Hall of Fame Inductions in Franklin, Tenn., Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2001. Elvis Presley is one of the 2001 inductees. Presley, who died in 1977, is being represented by three performers who backed him as part of gospel quartets: Moscheo from The Imperials, Stoker from The Jordanaires, and Enoch from J.D. Sumner & The Stamps. Photo by Neil Brake (AP)
"Gospel music was a major part of Elvis Presley's life, both personally and professionally. Some of his finest work is embodied in his gospel recordings - work that brought him and generations of his fans - myself included - a great amount of joy, comfort and inspiration. He felt a calling to reach out to others in this way, using his fame in other fields to bring gospel music to new audiences. In doing so, he made a profound contribution to the industry, which you are recognizing so beautifully and appropriately tonight.
I know how much his being inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame would mean to him and I wish he could be there to enjoy receiving this wonderful honor. I join all our family and friends and all my father's loyal fans in thanking you. I'm deeply proud of my father and I'm so proud to see his work in gospel music receive this great recognition.
Thank you and God bless you all.
Lisa Marie Presley"