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The Family in Gospel Music

Scott Family Singers

The Scott Family Singers of Detroit. Photo by Tim Trumbull.

African-American gospel music is appreciated and sung throughout the world, thanks in part to the many talented family groups who have made major contributions to gospel's history. Most of these families have been content to sing God's praises within their homes, churches, and local communities. Others, however, have had ministries that have placed them before international audiences.

Gospel's celebrated family groups have included The Staple Singers, The Hawkins Family, The Barrett Sisters, The O' Neal Twins, The Consolers, and the Williams Brothers. Among the Michigan families who have helped to make Detroit the "Gospel Music Capital of the World" are the Winans family with six distinct groups among them; The Clark Sisters, Bill Moss and the Celestials, The Craig Brothers, and The Rance Allen Group.

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