Born in extreme poverty in New Orleans.  Orphaned at a very early age, and received almost no formal education.  Considered the greatest gospel singer in the history of recorded music, she elevated Gospel to an art form.  Made a vow as a child to use her talent solely for the service of God, and never to sing secular music for money.  As her fame grew, her husband/manager divorced her when she refused to accept secular record contracts.  Never remarried, considered the practice unbiblical.  Sold out secular music halls throughout her career singing only gospel music, while still being engaged at churches and other religious venues.  Known for her generosity and philanthropy. 

Mahallia Jackson served God according to her conscious her entire life, and left us with a staggering repertoire of thousands of beautiful songs, every one about the Goodness of Almighty God.