Conceived in 1929 in Chicago Illinois, Albertina was one of nine youngsters raised inside a profoundly religious Christian Baptist family. Her singing vocation began at 10 years old when she and her sister joined the ensemble at their nearby church, the West Point Baptist Church, from which a youngsters’ gathering advanced to be known as the Williams Singers. This gathering turned out to be notable all through Illinois and encompassing Mid Western states.
During her developmental high school a very long time at the West Point Baptist Church, Walker was profoundly affected by Mahalia Jackson and other striking gospel artists who showed up in shows held at the congregation. It was during this time she started to sing with built up artists Robert Anderson and Willie Webb, increasing expanding presentation on radio through chapel exhibitions with Anderson’s gathering.
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As her open introduction rose, Walker before long made her first account with Robert Anderson’s band and on Anderson’s retirement, shaped the Caravans in 1952 with a portion of the individuals from Anderson’s previous troupe. James Cleveland, at that point a youthful console player before long joined the Caravans, the first of a long queue of famous gospel performers that was to incorporate Dorothy Norwood, Bessie Griffin, Inez Andrews, Imogene Greene and others.
For the remainder of the fifties the Caravans overwhelmed the gospel melodic field, seeming everywhere throughout the world.
The gathering was interestingly described and favored in that each part was enriched with solid and rich vocals; and Walker, keen as ever, permitted turn of the lead vocalist among her gifted female outfit. In 1958 a youthful Shirley Caesar joined the band and before long turned into their lead vocalist.
The Caravans remained a main power in gospel music well into the sixties. In any case, with such profundity of rich vocal ability in plenitude inside the gathering, singular individuals progressively started to seek after performance vocations and in 1967, the gathering was disbanded by Walker. The gathering’s unique organizer, Walker additionally gotten herself seeking after a performance profession.
Walker’s performance vocation created all through the seventies. She made her first performance record manage Savoy Records and later marked with other huge name record organizations, chipping away at gospel ventures with various ensembles including her home church ensemble, The West Point Choir. Her first performance work, Put A Little Love In Your Heart, was recorded in 1975 and she proceeded to direct a few gospel ventures with Reverend James Cleveland and others. Over a long distinguished profession, Walker has produced more than sixty collections, a significant number of them brilliant hits.
Walker’s commitment to gospel music is generally recognized and she is regularly alluded as the “Ruler of Gospel”. Throughout the years, she has frequently taken a shot at ventures with different specialists, delivering prevalent Gold record collections and Grammy assignments. In 1993 she was assigned for a Grammy for Albertina Walker Live.
In 2006 Walker recorded a get-together collection with The Caravans which highlighted in the Billboard top 40 collection outlines for about four months. The collection, titled Paved The Way, was conveyed by Malaco Records and included Caravan star names: Inez Andrews, Delores Washington, Dorothy Norwood and Walker.
Today, regardless she seeks after a functioning Christian life and occupied with account vocation. Regularly taking a shot at community ventures with other gospel craftsmen, Walker was instrumental in sorting out the Operation PUSH People’s Choir. She likewise established the Albertina Walker Scholarship Foundation of which she is a noteworthy supporter. Still situated in Chicago, Albertina Walker has turned into a living gospel legend, continually looking to improve the lives of others through the expression of God. This “Ruler of Gospel” vouches for having driven a profoundly remunerating life and puts everything down to her initial presentation to the congregation, saying: “I might want to urge youngsters to remain with the Almighty God, supposing that they do, he will without a doubt be with them.” Walker has consumed the vast majority of time on earth attempting to urge individuals to remain with the Lord.