Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois

Rush Statement on the Death of Gospel Artist DeLois Barrett Campbell

Aug 2, 2011
Press Release

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CHICAGO ––  An iconic Chicago gospel artist and part of the acclaimed Barrett sisters, DeLois Barrett Campbell, died today at a Chicago hospital.  Campbell, along with her sisters Billie Barrett GreenBey and Rodessa Barrett Porter, were internationally known as The Barrett Sisters, a trio whose powerful voices lifted hearts and spirits throughout the United States and in several nations around the world often as ambassadors for our country.  Delois Barrett Campbell was the oldest of the three and she was 85 years old at the time of her death.

Today, U. S. Rep. Bobby L. Rush reflected on his friend and fellow traveler in the gospel of Jesus Christ, with these words, “DeLois Barrett Campbell was an amazing talent, a committed Christian and a dynamic presence in gospel music in the United States and beyond. 

“She and her sisters used the gifts that God gave them to spread His gospel on a global stage and, in doing so, helped blaze a trail for other talented artists to follow.  They lifted their voices in praise during challenging times in the 1960s and they have a legacy of music that extends from that era to today.  After their artistry was featured in the documentary film, “Say Amen Somebody,” their talents were recognized on a global stage and I count myself among their many fans who are grateful for the recognition and honor they brought to our city, state and nation.   My heart goes out to her family and loved ones as they mourn her loss.  My wife, Carolyn, and I join a grateful city and international community of faith in mourning her loss and we extend our sincere condolences to her family and loved ones.”

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