How I Got Over Introduction
About the Song
|Artist||Mahalia Jackson||Musician(s)||Mahalia Jackson (vocals)|
|Album||In the Upper Room|
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Her belief in Christ as savior kept her from the bottle, but it didn't keep her from the larger world. Over the years, Jackson hit the pavement time and time again alongside other Civil Rights protestors, finding time between her international tours and performances for prime ministers and presidents (she sang in front of both John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson). All of this from an inveterate singer of church music, who grew up dirt poor in the Jim Crow-era South, never went to high school or learned to read music, and worked as a cleaner and hairdresser for much of her early career.
On the ChartsMahalia Jackson's version of "How I Got Over" won a Grammy for Best Soul Gospel Performance in 1976, four years after her death.
Jackson received the first ever Grammy Award in the Gospel and Religious Music category in 1961, and was honored with a Grammy for Lifetime Achievement in 1972.