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Featured Artist:
John Edmonds


John Edmonds
Among the notable artists John Edmonds has performed with are Quincy Jones, Tom T. Hall, Della Reese, Mary Tyler Moore
and the Platters.
In the words of acclaimed author and noted historian of African American gospel music, Anthony Heilbut, “John Edmonds is the last great exponent of a vocal style that flourished in gospel’s golden age, one identified with singing legends like Clara Ward and Marion Williams. These two happened to be the vocal inspirations of Aretha Franklin and Little Richard. But with the departure of Aretha and Richard, John Edmonds alone represents their common legacy. After 50 years of distinguished recordings, his lyric/countertenor remains spry and vibrant, his phrasing, warm and witty. Kentucky - nay, America - is fortunate to have the real gospel sound so faithfully represented.”

Edmonds began his professional musical career in his early teens as a church musician in his hometown of Bowling Green, Ky. Under the banner of John Edmonds’ Gospel Truth, that career has taken him throughout North America, Europe, Asia, Northern Africa and Australia. Some of his notable performance sites include the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, the Kentucky Folklife Festival, Opryland, Magic Mountain, Knott’s Berry Farm, the West Hollywood Gay Pride Festival, the USS America aircraft carrier, the Sicilian Naval Academy and The Kentucky Crafted Market.

The singer/pianist has performed with Clara Ward, James Cleveland, Della Reese, Tom T. Hall, the Platters, Ricky Skaggs, the Coasters, Rosie O’Donnell, Linda Hopkins, LaWanda Page of “Sanford and Son,” naming just a few. His audiences have included Presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton, Princess Elisabeth of Denmark, and luminaries Quincy Jones, Mary Tyler Moore, Elmer Bernstein and many others.

With 16 record albums to his credit, Edmonds has been the recipient of the prestigious Jefferson Award, the Kentucky Governor’s Award in the Arts (Community Arts), the Tanne Foundation Award as well as citations from the NAACP, Elks, National Job Corps and other civic organizations.

Edmonds’ career has now gone full circle. Though he still tours and records, once again he is a church musician in his hometown of Bowling Green.

Artist’s statement:

I view my music as an expression of my love for humanity regardless of race, creed, color or sexual orientation. It has never been my intention to use my music to proselytize or evangelize. Rather it’s my desire that my music can be found enjoyable, entertaining and inspirational by all regardless of their religious beliefs or nonbeliefs.


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John Edmonds
Bowling Green, Ky.

Phone: 270-904-0550 and 270-303-6527 (mobile)


Page last updated: Sept. 2, 2020
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