ABOVE PHOTO: Rev. Louise Williams Bishop
On Sunday, Sept. 14, the Mann will honor the life and work of the Rev. Louise Williams Bishop and the important role she has played in gospel music in the city with the Philadelphia Celebration of Gospel concert. The celebration will include musical performances by highly sought after revivalist, singer and musician the Rev. Dr. Alyn E. Waller with additional performances by the Brockington Ensemble, Willis Hickerson Jr., ENON Tabernacle Mass Choir and the Sharon Baptist Church Praise Team. For this concert, gates at the Mann open at 3 p.m. for 4 p.m. show time. For more information and to order tickets, please visit, www.manncenter.org or the Mann box office.
“Rev. Louise Williams Bishop has proven herself to be a public servant through her contributions to music and ministry,” said Rev. Dr. Alyn E. Waller. “She is a ‘quiet legend’ who has made an indelible mark on Philadelphia and the music industry, giving many influential gospel artists their start. It is fitting that we would celebrate her through gospel music at the Mann.”
Reverend Bishop has been the voice of gospel radio in Philadelphia for 55 years and the voice of the people in the state capital where she has been the representative to the 192nd district for 25 years. In the early days of her career, Bishop trained and guided radio programmer Jimmy Bishop, introduced Aretha Franklin to Atlantic Records, co-wrote the hit song “You and Me” by O’Jays and gave many other young artists a “leg up” in the business.
Also an ordained Baptist minister, Bishop shares her talents with thousands every Sunday. A true renaissance woman, she has maintained three flourishing careers while raising four successful children and making a lasting impact on the lives of many.
“On the heels of a successful gospel show on July 19, Gospel Meets Symphony, which demonstrated the thirst for strong gospel programming, this concert on Sept. 14 indicates the Mann’s continued dedication to serving the community and developing partnerships with organizations around the city to develop unique programming,” said Catherine M. Cahill, President and CEO of the Mann. “The contributions of Reverend Bishop as Philadelphia’s ‘Gospel Queen’ deserve to be celebrated. The Philadelphia Celebration of Gospel blends our core values of community focus, artistic excellence and strong partnerships, and we could not be more pleased to bring this celebration to the Mann stage.”