Ward Singers, circa 1958
(L to R: Willa Ward, mother Gertrude Ward, Clara Ward)
Willa Ward at WHYY
Studios in Philadelphia, February 2008
co-founder and contributor, Jack Marchbanks, interviewed
gospel legend Willa Ward-Royster during Black History Month
2008. Willa Ward is the older sister of famous gospel singer/songwriter,
the late Clara Ward (deceased January 1973).
Ward Singers blazed the trail for women in gospel from the
early 1930s through the 1960s. They were genuine AND glamorous.
In "Willa Ward Remembers," this gospel icon reflects on
her career and the golden age of Black religious music.