Albertina Walker’s 80th birthday fete includes gala, free concert

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Long live the queen! Dr. Albertina Walker continues to reign as the gospel industry’s modern day royalty.

Long live the queen!

Dr. Albertina Walker continues to reign as the gospel industry’s modern day royalty.

“(Rev.) Jesse Jackson called me that and James Cleveland called me that and that’s how it started back in the 70s,” said Walker. “(Rev. Cleveland) insisted on me coming to the Gospel Music Workshop that he had just started. When he brought me to the GMWA that’s the way he introduced me, ‘This is our queen. The Queen of Gospel, Ms. Albertina Walker.’”

And of course the rest is history.

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Saturday, many award-winning artists that were influenced by her majesty will be in the birthplace of gospel to pay homage to her tremendous contributions to the gospel music industry. In honor of her 80th birthday, the Albertina Walker Scholarship Foundation and Friends Committee will present the Grammy and Stellar Award winner with an evening of splendor. The event will be held at the Hyatt Regency Chicago on Wacker Drive.

Often questioned about her birthday, which is celebrated on the 28th as well as the 29th of August, Walker gives sound rationale for celebrating two days.

“My mother said my birthday was August 29th and I dared not call her a liar, but on my birth certificate was August 28th. So I have always celebrated two days,” said Walker.

Invited guests for the gala include Yolanda Adams, Lady Tramaine Hawkins, Joe Ligon, Ami Rushes, Percy Gray & Joshua’s Troop and the legendary Caravans. The celebration will also be used as a tool to raise money to benefit her namesake foundation that has given over $50,000 to college students since its inception in 1988.

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