The McCrary Sisters
For the McCrary Sisters, music is a birthright, a lifelong love affair, a sometimes career, an indescribable joy, and occasionally, a cross to bear.Ann, Deborah, Regina, ad Alfreda, the four daughters of the Rev. Samuel McCrary, one of the original members of the legendary gospel quartet, The Fairfield Four, were raised in harmony, singing at home, at their father's church, and for the eldest Ann on the road by the time she was 3 years old. The McCrary home was filled with music, whether it was the Fairfield Four or frequent guests that included a pantheon of gospel greats, including Shirley Caesar or James Cleveland.
By 7, Regina was also touring, a star of the BC&M Mass Choir. There her featured solo was " I Made A Vow", a performance that lives on youTube.If she'd been born in the age of America's got talent and American Idol, She'd have been a star before she was a teen-ager. For a time, the sisters sang with their brother Ricky, and some cousins in the CBS(Cousins,Brother,Sisters) band. But not all four girls pursued music as a job. For Deborah, and Alfreda it was more of a part-time thing. Deborah became a Nurse, and Alfreda until recently could be heard rarely with her sisters. The rest of the time she was doing music ministry with her husband Narcisco Lee, at the Old Happy Day Church.
Regina is the best-known McCrary Sister outside the gospel world, famous for being part of BobDylan's group throughtout his Christain music era, recording three albums with the legendary folk-rocker--Slow Train Coming, Saved, and Shot of Love, and touring with him for 6 years. Along with Dylan and Elvis, she, also performed, and recorded with Stevie Wonder, and sang background along with Ann on Ray Steven classic, "Everything Is Beautiful".
Ann, meanwhile, performed with the who's who of contemporary gospel music, including The Winans, Donnie McClurkin, Yolanda Adams,and many more. Regina, Ann, and Alfreda have all performed in musical theater as well , and recorded with country music greats like Johnny Cash, Wynona Judd, The sisters list of recording sessions, and long association with Bobby Jones TV show spans genres and generations. Most recently, they have become Americana stars, recording and touring regularly with gospel-rock powerhouse Mike Farris, winning the Emerging Artist Award at the 2008 Americana Music Awards, also winning the 2010 Dove Award for Best Traditional Gospel Album for " Shout"! Live recorded at Nashville's Station Inn.
Ann and Regina McCrary was alson featured on Universal United House of Prayer, by Buddy Miller who was called The Americana Artist of the Decade by No Depression Magazine,the Americana journal of record. More recently,they were featured vocalits on Patty Griffin's acclaimed gospel project Downtown Church, recorded at Nashville's downtown Presbyterian Church. They are also featured on the new Cumberland Saints CD released by Mike Farris.
While bloodlines and resumes are all well and good, nothing can prepare you for the experience of hearing the McCrary Sisters live, though "Our Journey" may be the next best thing. No words can decribe the power, and passion and pure soulfulness of The McCrary Sisters--Ann, Regina, Deborah, and Alfreda. Hear them once, and you will never be the same