Inez Andrews – A Short Gospel Music History
Inez Andrews (born 1929, Birmingham, Alabama) is an American gospel singer and recording artist.In 1957, Andrews became a member of the gospel group The Caravans; she auditioned for Albertina Walker (Queen Of Gospel Music) and Dorothy Norwood, and they sent for her in Chicago. She has resided there, and used Chicago as a base for her performing career, to this day.
Along with Albertina Walker, Dorothy Norwood, James Cleveland, Shirley Caesar, Cassietta George, Josephine Howard, Eddie Williams, James Herndon, and Delores Washington, she became one of the major stars of gospel’s golden age. The Caravans produced songs such as “Lord Keep Me Day By Day”, “Remember Me” “I Won’t Be Back” and several other hits in which Andrews was lead vocalist, including “Mary Don’t You Weep”, “I’m Not Tired Yet”, “Make It In”, “He Won’t Deny Me” and “I’m Willing”.
She released a reunion album with The Caravans, Albertina Walker, Dorothy Norwood, and original soprano Delores Washington, entitled Paved the Way. After a stellar career with the Caravans, she left the group in 1962 and had huge success with her crossover hit, “Lord Don’t Move the Mountain”. Andrews has recorded on many labels since the 1950s and has many albums and hit songs to her credit, some of which she composed herself.
She is a dedicated Christian and family person and raised seven children during her career in gospel music.