Bessie Jones was born February 8, 1902, and died July 17, 1984. A gospel singer from Smithville, GA, she learned her songs from her grandfather a former slave born in Africa. Bessie was a founding member of the Georgia Sea Island Singers. Click on the video below to hear her sing—So Glad I’m Here:
For a continued worthwhile experience, click on the link to listen to the African-American Sacred Musin from the Florida Folklife collection, Shall We Gather at the River. Among this collection you can also hear Bessie Jones and the Georgia Sea Island Singers sing Daniel in the Lion’s Den.