The Detroit Chapter



The Detroit Chapter

   We are a local Chapter of the Gospel Music Workshop of America, Inc. Our purpose is to provide our members and the community training, development and mentoring in Gospel music.  Individuals, musicians, directors and singers are afforded the opportunity to train and exhibit excellence in the field of gospel music and its production.

Our Chapter is governed by a Board of Directors and we abide by the rules and regulations established by the Chapter Representatives Division of the parent body.

Detroit Chapter Board of Directors

Chapter Rep / Board Chairman
 Iris Taylor, Ph.D.
 Asst. Chapter Rep / Minister of Music
 Dr. Michael E. Fletcher
 Asst. Chapter Rep / Administrator
 Evang. Sandra Rose, MAOM
 Asst. Chapter Rep
 Dr. Gregory Troy 
 Dr. Kirk Walker
 Financial Secretary
 Mr. George Fowler
 Deacon Steve Johnson
 Board Members at Large
 Mrs. Regina Gambrell-Smith, MA
 Ms. Jean Hodge
 Sidney McBride, Esq.
 Dr. Dorgan Needom 
 Pastor Rudolph Stanfield, Jr.
 Mr. Stanley Waldon, Ed.D

GMWA National

The Gospel Music Workshop of America, Inc.,  was organized in 1968 by the late Rev. James Cleveland.  the GMWA is the largest organization of its kind in the world with 75,000 members in more than 185 chapters in the U.S., United Kingdom, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia.  Membership consists of professional and non-professional gospel vocalists, instrumentalists, composers, arrangers, didectors and producers.  The first convrention was held in Detroit in 1968 at King Solomon Baptist church where over 3,000 delegates attended.

The annual convention now held in July, attracts over 12,000 delegates. In addition to the delegates, 3,000 to 5,000 local gospel lovers attend the workshop and musical services that are held during the convention week.   

Each year during the week the National Mass Choir, consisting of vocalists from around the world, produces a new recording.  There are also recordings produced by the GMWA Women of Worship, Men of Praise and the Youth Choir. 

Approximately 75% of the recordings listed on Billboard Magazine's 
gospel charts are written, produced, arranged and/or performed by members of the GMWA.

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