Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Hezekiah Walker: Azusa: The Next Generation

"No matter which way Gospel music has swayed in the past 20 years, you can always count on Hezekiah Walker giving you that good ol’ choir sound he is so revered for. ... Tell us about the name Azusa. WALKER: The origin of the name is a street name in California. Back in 1906, a big revival broke out on that street and really that’s where a lot of the church as we know it today came from, especially those of us that have that Pentecostal background. Back in the 80s there was a man by the name of Bishop Carlton Pearson who started this Azusa conference. Back in the day for many preachers and singers, you weren’t really legit until you were on that Azusa platform that Bishop Carlton had set up. Bishop T.D. Jakes to this day gives credit to that Azusa conference because that’s where he got his fame. I felt the need to pick it back up. I went to Bishop Carlton and said I would like to pick up from where he left off by bringing the same amount to collaboration, from artists and preachers that he did" (Yolanda Sangweni, "Hezekiah Walker on 'Azusa,' Staying Relevant in Gospel and His 20-Year Longevity,", 6/7/13).

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