my soul feels better right now

Della Reese is one of the few performers to move easily between the religious community and the mainstream entertainment industry. Born in Detroit, MI, Reese started singing in gospel choirs at a very young age. In 1945, she joined a touring choir with legendary gospel singer Mahalia Jackson. As a student at Wayne State University, Reese former her own singing group called the Meditation Singers. After a regular gig at Detroit’s Flame Showbar, she went on to sing with Erskine Hawkins & His Orchestra. During the ’50s and ’60s, she recorded pop vocal albums for Jubilee and RCA Victor, leading to several pop singles on the Billboard charts. She was also nominated for a Grammy award and is remembered as one of the first gospel singers to have a popular stage show in Las Vegas.

source: MSN Entertainment

Reese moved from comedy to drama in 1994 when she starred in “Touched By an Angel” (CBS), in which she was Tess, the older and wiser guiding spirit to novice Roma Downey. The anthology series was a surprise hit; its message that the Almighty exists and has a plan for the average person tied in with Reese’s concurrent career as a minister connected to the Universal Foundation for Better Living. She heads her own church in L.A.

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