The Sensational Nightingales' Ministry of Song
Monday, August 18, 2003; 7:04 AM
Jo Jo Wallace, 76, hit the road 57 years ago as a singer and guitar player in the celebrated gospel group The Nightingales. He's seen members come and go over the years. He played a part in the group decision to switch the band name to The Sensational Nightingales. But the quartet's mission, according to the Wallace, has remained intact: ministering to the people through song. The group also still earns a living through their music. Much like they have through the decades, The Sensational Nightingales play some 250 shows a year for small and large congrega tions throughout the South and along the eastern seaboard. This past Saturday, Jo Jo Wallace and crew made a stop for a gospel festival at the Greater New Hope Methodist Church on 8th Street NW in Washington, D.C.
Jo Jo Wallace of Durham, N.C., band leader
Darrell Luster of Durham, N.C. ,singer, songwriter. He joined the group full-time in January 2003 after serving as a backup member since 1982.
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