"I specialize in funerals. I perform at more funerals in Houston County than anybody." -Essie Mae Brooks Gospel Singer
Essie Mae Brooks is finally getting a taste of the life her father envisioned for her many years ago.
Her late father, Ulysses Davis, was a drummer who performed locally around the family’s Perry, Georgia home playing "that Saturday night stuff," Brooks says. His dreams for young Essie Mae began after she excelled in singing in school. "Daddy always said if he had the money he would put me on the road, but he never had the money," recalls Brooks. "There were 10 of us children and we grew up on a farm, so there was not much money."
Today, Brooks has five grown children and 15 grandchildren and still lives on the family farm in Perry. Through Music Maker she’s done some traveling, having performed in concerts in New York and Washington, DC, as well as in Italy.
Rain in Your Life, Essie Mae's first CD, was recorded in October of 2000. The album is a collection of gospel tunes, most sung a cappella, with others featuring subtle support on piano or guitar from "Cool" John Ferguson. Included is "One of These Mornings," known also as "Move up a Little Higher," which Brooks says was her father’s favorite song. "If he was living, I know this would have been one of Daddy’s enjoyment things, to sit down and hear this," Brooks says.
Brooks is grateful for Music Maker’s support. "I appreciate everything they’ve done for me," Brooks says. "They help me out real well in different things. Even when my van tore up, they help me get it fixed."
-Vibes Magazine, Bryan Powell
|1||Feel Like My Time Ain't Long|
|2||Rain In Your Life|
|3||Got To Run On|
|4||Don't Put Off Today, Until Tomorrow|
|5||One of These Mornings|
|6||Lay Your Hand on Me|
|7||Mother, Heard a Voice|
|8||I Wrote You A Letter|
|9||Look, Where He Brought Me From|
|10||Satan, Take Your Hands Off Me|
|11||I Got So Much To Talk About|
|12||Save the Children|