Pure Southern Gospel Joy: The Radiant Lauren Talley

If I had to put a label on my religion, I’d say Buddhist comes closest to describing it. And yet I’m totally swept away by Southern Gospel music.

It’s the joy.

The joy is so pure that every time I hear Gospel music — as in the YouTube videos below — I feel like I’m at one of my family reunions, because the people in those videos look like my family. As with my family, I suspect we have different politics, but who cares!

This young woman — Lauren Talley — has an extraordinary voice, a voice as powerful as Aretha’s, and Aretha also came out of the Gospel tradition. Lauren and her two parents are the Talley Trio.

In the first of the three videos below —  recorded when she was only 17 years old! —  listen to her powerful voice. It’s like a freight train drivin’ you to Heaven. The second is more of the same.

I threw in the third video — which is really audio only — to show you that her voice is bigger than the Gospel or country genres. She “crosses over” here to sing a song made popular by Celine Dion, and I like her rendition better than Dion’s. (Don’t be confused by Dion’s photo … the voice is that of Lauren Talley).

You’ll be hearing more from this young lady.

“Oh c’mon y’all … dance!”

(Note: Since embedding has been disabled in these first two videos, you’ll need to click on the image to hear the songs in a new YouTube window)

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2 Responses to “Pure Southern Gospel Joy: The Radiant Lauren Talley”
  1. Jeff Pelline says:

    Great post. Thanks.

  2. depelton says:

    I’d love to see us host a big gospel concert here in Grass Valley. Why not? We’ve already got world class bike races and concerts and dining in Nevada County. Maybe it’s time to bring in some gospel!

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