Alabaman singer in the Southern Gospel genre who led a successful career spanning more than fifty years. She is best remembered for songs like It'll All Be Over But the Shoutin'.
She got her start singing in her local church.
She was frequently referred to as The Queen of Southern Gospel Music by publications like Rolling Stone, Time, and People magazine.
She was married to Howard Goodman from 1949 until his death in November 2002.
She performed for U.S. President Jimmy Carter at the White House in 1979.