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Mattie Moss Clark

Musician from United States of America

Dr. Mattie Moss-Clark (March 26, 1925 - September 22, 1994) was an American gospel choir director and the mother of The Clark Sisters, a world-renowned gospel vocal group. Clark is credited for creating the three-part harmony (separating vocal parts into soprano, alto and tenor), a technique which is prevalent among gospel choirs today. Mattie Juliet Moss was born the seventh of nine children to ministers Fred and Mattie J. (née Walker) Moss in Selma, Alabama. Moss began playing piano at six. By twelve, she had become the musician for her mother's services at the Church of Christ and Prayer and traveled with her mother to play at mission services, a trend she passed on to daughter Twinkie. After high school, she attended Selma University and received training in classical music and choral singing. Moss moved to Detroit in her early twenties to be with her sister Sybil Burke and became a member of Greater Love Tabernacle Church of God in Christ. There, under the leadership of Bishop W. Rimson, she was baptized in the Holy Ghost and subsequently became the Minister of Music. She served a historic tenure as Minister of Music for both Southwest Michigan Jurisdiction and Bailey Temple  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Known as
Moss Clark, Mattie
Date of birth
1925-03-26
Place of birth
Selma
Nationality
United States of America
Siblings
Bill Moss
Profession
Conductor, Songwriter, Singer, Musician, Record producer

Education

Institution From To
Selma University

Death

Date of death
1994-09-22
Cause of death
Diabetes mellitus

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