An exclusive interview with a legendary icon in the heart of the mid-south - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Posted by: Alisa Nave, 12/13/04, 10:00pm

An exclusive interview with a legendary icon in the heart of the mid-south

By: Donna Davis

"I've got a nice choir, and you got a bad, bad, bad band." "When Reverend Al gets up, everything's gonna be tight, and he's gonna do what he does." In 1976, after finding success as an R&B recording artist. Al Green says he was called to become a country preacher. So he bought Full Gospel Tabernacle. It is a small Whitehaven Church just down the street from Graceland. While he would later say a domestic incident with a girlfriend would lead him down this path. He told me that he felt a higher power from the time he was a child. "I heard a song when I was 5 years old, called O holy Night, seeing that this is Christmas coming up. When I heard that song, I went out and looked up in the sky, and it was a clear night sprinkled with stars, and my heart was overflowed and tears was coming down, and I don't know why; and my brothers and sisters said look at that fool, boo-hooing out here in the middle of the cotton pickin night about some O Holy Night," said minister and singer Al Green. Though his ministry is thriving. He continues to release music. He has an impressive collection of nine grammys and he's nominated for number ten. While he's in good company, he makes it clear that today's music doesn't have the same soul. "No, no. How you gonna beat I've got sunshine, on a cloudy day. Or Sugar pie, honey bun, or I'm so in love with you. It's kinda hard to re-mold something that's already been mold." Green will find out if he scores his tenth Grammy at the awards in February. If you'd like to see him preach, he will be in the pulpit this coming Sunday, for his 28th anniversary at Full Gospel Tabernacle.

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