Civil rights icon Reverend Jesse Jackson was on hand to celebrate the CD release of What A Legacy, a new commemorative CD featuring vintage recordings of Reverend Clay Evans and the Fellowship Baptist Church Choir of Chicago. The disc has instantly become a fan favorite, making its home into the top ten of the Billboard Top Gospel Albums Chart while the single, an 80s offering of Reverend Clay Evans singing the standard Trust In The Lord is making the rounds at radio.
The founder and president of the Rainbow Push Coalition reflected upon hearing Reverend Evans on the radio on a Sunday in 1965 sing I Must Tell Jesus. He and his friend turned the car around and headed to Fellowship to meet Reverend Evans, and according to Jackson, they never left.
What A Legacy continues to draw praise from around the country. Former Gospel Music Editor for Billboard Magazine and current Baylor University professor and founder of Baylor’s Black Gospel Music Restoration Project Bob Darden expressed these sentiments, “The extraordinary thing is that the Rev. Clay Evans has never sought fame. And yet, for nearly six decades, he has reigned as one of the most influential pastors, undisputed preachers and revered singers in Gospel music. What do you do when confronted with a living legend? You let him do what he does just about better than anybody — preach, pray, and sing. What A Legacy accomplishes those tasks.”