William Heaps

Gospel Songwriter AL State Gospel Singing Convention

Born: Clanton, AL

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame

 

William Heaps of Clanton, Belton Cobb of Lamar County, and Stanley Smith of Ozark are among contemporary Alabama songwriters who support the Alabama State Gospel Singing Convention. William Heaps has published more than 100 songs in various books. Heaps, with the help of others, founded the Alabama State School of Gospel Music as well as a Gospel Music Museum at Snead State Community College near Boaz. A fund was created with the surplus proceeds from the Alabama State Convention to help support students of southern gospel music in the hope of carrying on this important tradition.

Source: http://www.arts.state.al.us/actc/articles/SOUTHERN%20GOSPEL%20songwriters%209-98.htm

 

 

William Heaps, past president of the Alabama State Gospel Convention, songwriter and songbook editor from Clanton, Alabama, believes that the first classes in new book seven-shapenote singing probably started around 1905 in Alabama, if not earlier. This is not long after the first Vaughan and Showalter books were published.

Source: http://alabamafolklife.org/files/vol5linernotes.pdf

 

 

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