Girl Germs Episode 21 – God Germs

Being that it’s almost Christmas, Anna and Dana have decided to get into the spirit in a sort of unique way—by celebrating female artists who use spirituality in their music. While it’s fair to say that religion (Christianity specifically) historically has been a patriarchal endeavor, we’re looking at women who’ve made groundbreaking music with religion at their sides and in their subject matter. Several of these artists have used religious and spiritual music to assert their artistic integrity and to break boundaries; they’ve been musical vanguards and truly inspiring ladies who set the stage for female artists to come. Happy Holidays!

Sister Rosetta Tharpe – Two Little Fishes and Five Loaves of Bread (Gospel Train)
Marie Knight – Does Jesus Care? (Fire in My Bones)
Goldia Haynes – Traveling (Spreading The Word: Early Gospel Recordings)
Holmes Sisters – By His Word (Fire in My Bones)
Elizabeth Cotten – Hallelujah, it is Done (Classic African American Gospel)
Odetta – Glory, Glory (Odetta Sings Ballads and Blues)
Fannie Lou Hamer – Go Tell it on the Mountain (Classic African American Gospel)
Fannie Bell Chapman- He’s My Rock, My Sword, My Shield (Fire in My Bones)
Helen McGiver and the McGiver Singers – I’m Just a Voice (Fire in My Bones)
Mahalia Jackson – Trouble of the World (The Best of)
Judee Sill- Jesus was a Crossmaker (Live In London [The BBC Recordings 1972-1973])
Joan Baez – I am a Poor Wayfaring Stranger (The Best of Joan Baez)
Loretta Lynn – God Makes no Mistakes (Van Lear Rose)
Mirah – Jerusalem (C’mon Miracle)
White Magic – Shine on Heaven (Dark Stars)

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