Gospel, Blues, and Marsha McWilson

Whether it be the sounds of the Delta Blues, Blue Rock, or old time Rock and Roll; they all began in the fields of the Southern plantations and the slaves who worked them in the form of the Spirituals.


On September 17 Gospel and Blues singer Marsha McWilson raised the roof when she got the Sunday edition of the Niagara Falls Blues Festival started with the Gospel Brunch.

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After opening the show with “God Bless America”, McWilson took the crowd to church in an old time religious revival that had the crowd clapping and singing along.

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Choosing to perform on the ground among the crowd instead of way up on the stage, McWilson performed songs old and new including “O Happy Day”, “Way Down in the Water”, “King Jesus”, “Jesus is the Best Thing that Ever Happened to Me”, “Glory Glory”, “Thank You for All You Have Given Me”, “Cried My Last Tear Yesterday”, “He’s Done Enough”, an A Cappella rendition of “Amazing Grace”, and the Marsha McWilson original “Balance.


And in true revival fashion, the Gospel Brunch included a faith healer. After her initial prayer over the gathered crowd, Profitess Renea met with those who wished a prayer and the laying on of hands at the back of the tent.


Marsha McWilson is best known for her performance of the music of Etta James, but on this Sunday morning she brought the house down and blew the roof off with her Gospel renditions.

All photos by Sherrill Fulghum

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