I love gospel music, I sometimes think more than any other genre. It's pure love and you can't touch that. Edwin Hawkin's "Oh Happy Day" is a stellar example of great gospel - unbridled vocals, spiraling exaltations and shouting and ultimately what you are in the presence of is magnificence and rejoicing. I wish I had that faith because if I did, this is exactly where I'd be - singing in a choir.
This is a link to the Washington Post obituary: Edwin Hawkins died 3 days ago of pancreatic cancer at the age of 74.