The Reed Singers were an African-American gospel group that started performing in the early 1960s. (They took the name Reed in tribute to their pastor, Roy A. Reed.) Despite how rare it was for gospel groups to record albums at that time - particularly for groups that were unsigned - the Reed Singers recorded two albums together, both of which recently have been accepted into the traveling Tavis Smiley exhibit on African-American history, America I Am. The Reed Singers chose not to accept money for their recordings or performances - another rarity then and now.
The Reed Singers' story and music are coming to the stage at the Community Baptist Church Multipurpose Auditorium (1300 Meadowlark Lane, KCK) next Saturday, April 6, at 6:30pm. Tickets cost $12.