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Brother Love (brother_love)
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Ernestine Rundless of �The Meditation Singers� May 4, 1914 - Feb. 7, 2007 R.I.P.

Condolences may be sent to Laura Lee
Swanson�s Funeral Home
806 E. Grand Boulevard
Detroit, MI

The Meditation Singers were formed in Detroit in 1947 by Ernestine Rundless whose husband was a pastor and former singer with the immortal Soul Stirrers. While their first recording was produced by Joe Von Battle in 1953, they are better known as one of the hardest singing female gospel groups of the 1960s. Their roster at various times included Della Reese, the Caravans' Cassietta George and the incomparable James Cleveland. The Meditations were also blessed with the vocal talents of Laura Lee Rundless, Ernestine's daughter, who later gained popularity singing secular material under the name Laura Lee.

Created in response to calls from other churches seeking the Moments of Meditation to perform, the group was originally an octet, but their size made crosstown travel prohibitive; upon trimming down to a quartet, the Meditation Singers' original lineup comprised Rundless, Reese (who often assumed lead duties as well), alto Marie Waters (Reese's sister), and soprano Lillian Mitchell. As the Meditations' notoriety quickly spread, they began performing throughout the Midwest, and in early 1953 cut their first session at a local record store. Reese left the group to pursue pop success soon after, and was replaced by Lee, Rundless' teenage daughter.

There was a 1992 re-release on the Specialty label of some of their recordings. The Meditation Singers, led by Ernestine Rundless, began their performing career in 1947, at the New Liberty Baptist Church in Detroit. This four member group initially started with four women, including Della Reese, who eventually left for a career in pop. Later members included tenor and composer James Cleveland, and soul chanteuse Laura Lee. It's Ernestine's sandpaper and gravel shout, however, that delivers the goods, as heard on 'God Is Good To Me' and most of the tunes on this recording. The Meditation Singers continued touring through the 1980's, and they are the genuine article of the golden era of gospel.
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Lady Mystique (Maverick) (ladymystique)
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Condolences to Laura and her family and friends.

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