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Friday, July 14, 2017

Gospel Key Spotlights Bakersfield

Here is a rare compilation from the Gospel Key Records label out of Bakersfield, CA!

Unlike most compilations released by a record label, this collection does not feature works by every artist in their stable of recording artists. Instead, they focus on the work of three acts that spotlights the talent coming from the Bakersfield United Pentecostal Church.

The Parker Sisters, The Choralettes, and The Wilsons.

Of the acts included here, I found some information on the Parker Sisters. (They also performed and recorded with their brother as "The Singing Parkers.") 

Kathy married Mike Hayes and currently minister at the Covenant Church in Carrollton, TX. Sally married Tim Ayers and served as music ministers at the Covenant Church. She passed away Dec 23, 2004.

Sadly, looking at their website, it appears the Covenant Church strayed away from the Oneness of God and Jesus name baptism. But they were ministers in music for many years, and beloved by many through the 70s. The Parkers also performed at churches with the Gateway Choir. Sally contributed her vocal talents to the early Gateway Sounds albums under the direction of Lanny Wolfe.

Gospel Key Records is an amazing treasure trove of Pentecostal treasures of the past, without a doubt!

You can download this great compilation HERE!

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