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Inez McConico Andrews
Birth: Apr. 14, 1929
Birmingham
Jefferson County
Alabama, USA
Death: Dec. 19, 2012
Chicago
Cook County
Illinois, USA

Gospel Singer-Songwriter. Iconic singer for the Caravans, leader of the Andrewettes, and whose solo recording of Doris Akers' "Lord, Don't Move This Mountain" was a gospel and R&B hit. She was the last of her kind, a towering figure from a golden age when giants such as Mahalia Jackson, Albertina Walker and DeLois Barrett Campbell still toured the world. This powerhouse is hailed the High Priestess of Gospel. She is also one of Gospel's foremost songwriters and has had many of her creations attain cross-over success. She started singing God's praises at the tender age of 7. Her first professional experience began in the Birmingham's Carter Choral Ensemble. In 1952, she was asked her to join the Gospel Harmonettes, a well-known women's quartet led by Dorothy Love Coates and shared the stage with gospel legends like Brother Joe May, Queen C. Anderson, Sallie Martin, Roberta Martin, Raymond Raspberry, Robert Anderson and Rev. James Cleveland. It was Cleveland who informed Albertina Walker of the Caravans about Andrews. During this period, she began honing her songwriting skills, penning tunes such as, `I'm Not Tired Yet', ‘God Said So', ‘What Will Tomorrow Bring', ‘I'm Willing To Wait', and ‘Your Friend'. It was with the Caravans that she recorded ‘Mary Don't You Weep', which earned them a Gold Record and later became Gold for Aretha Franklin and James Cleveland on the ‘Amazing Grace' album . During this period she formed her own group called The Andrewettes. Working with a young Billy Preston and Andre Crouch, she recorded ‘A Letter to Jesus' using a sermonette that became a pop radio hit. After a stellar career with the Carvans, Andrews went solo completely in 1971 and had huge success with her crossover Gold hit, ‘Lord Don't Move the Mountain'. She recorded five albums with ABC Records and later completed three successful albums with the Savoy label. In addition, she recorded albums for Jewel Records, Ichiban Records, Spirit Feel Records and her last album with Word Records, Raise Up a Nation. In 2002, Andrews was inducted into the Gospel Hall of Fame. She later released a reunion album with The Caravans, Albertina Walker, Dorothy Norwood, and original soprano Delores Washington, entitled Paved the Way in 2006. (bio by: Curtis Jackson) 
 
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Oak Woods Cemetery
Chicago
Cook County
Illinois, USA
 
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Originally Created by: Curtis Jackson
Record added: Dec 19, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 102376719
Inez <i>McConico</i> Andrews
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Inez <i>McConico</i> Andrews
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- Linda Davis
 Added: Sep. 4, 2014
RIP I miss you so much.
- Antoinette
 Added: Aug. 1, 2014
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