• By Alan Richard


Updated: Feb 13

Pastor Juan Shipp and Elizabeth King rehearse at Memphis' Delta-Sonic Studios. (Photo by Jonathan Thomason)

MEMPHIS — Inside a restored Memphis brownstone dating to the 1860s, Pastor Juan Shipp was moving a little despite his 82 years as he peered through the studio window where old friends gathered to sing a new song of joy.

The music producer and former owner of small local record labels, Pastor Shipp flung his arms, clapped and pointed to Elizabeth King, known in the 1970s as Memphis' queen of gospel, her hair now gray and step a bit slower, urging her and the backing Vaughn Sisters to deliver a line with just a little more punch.

While it was just another day of music in Memphis, the session was also a sign of rebirth for the city’s “sacred soul” that’s now spreading its message around the world.

COMING: Our full-length, updated feature on Elizabeth King's new record, for our friends at No Depression, the international roots-music magazine and journal. We're removed the rest of the story for now, but will let SoulCountry readers know when the new story is published online and in print. -Alan Richard

Bruce Watson and Pastor Juan Shipp prepare for another track with Elizabeth King and the Vaughn Sisters
Bruce Watson (Photo by Jim Weber)

Pastor Shipp waves to an onlooker during his radio show on Memphis' new WYXR. (Photo by Sean Davis)

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