By Cora Jackson-Fossett
Sentinel Religion Editor
LAS: What is your name and what is your ministry?
ET: Edna Tatum and my ministry is to glorify and honor the Lord by communicating and articulating the word of God serving as a commentator in the gospel music arena. Also, I host a gospel radio program on Sundays on KPFK 90.7 FM radio.
LAS: How long have you been in this ministry and how did you get started in it?
ET: I began my career at a young age in the church. I extended words of welcome, read the Sunday announcements, and introduced choirs, groups and soloists during special programs. As a young adult, I became a member of the Gospel Music Workshop of America and was selected by Rev. James Cleveland to introduce him and the Southern California Community Choir at several events as well as narrate on many of his recording projects. This opportunity opened other doors for me such as hosting the Gospel Music Academy Awards at the Apollo Theatre in New York and being the only artist to narrate a gospel music concert at the Sultan’s Pool in Tel Aviv, Israel. In addition, it has allowed me to host concerts and narrate for other gospel legends including The Fourth of May, Rev. Daryl Coley, Albertina Walker, Dottie Peoples, Kurt Carr, and Ami Rushes.
LAS: What role has God or your faith played in your ministry?
ET: God has continually blessed me all throughout my life and career. I am so thankful that He bestowed upon me such a unique gift and directed me in developing and using it to magnify Him. All I can shout is, “To God Be the Glory!”
LAS: What is one of the most memorable moments or experiences during your ministry?
ET: I have three experiences that are dear to me. I will always treasure learning and growing in Christ during my time with the great Rev. James Cleveland. Then, never will I forget performing live narration for Rev. Cleveland at Carnegie Hall, at three McDonald’s Gospel Festivals and continuing to be a guest host each year at the Chicago Gospel Festival which attracts more than 200,000 people. Equally memorable is being able to record a CD with the famous Billy Preston. Our song, “Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow,” was a wonderful and unforgettable collaboration.
LAS: What are you doing or working on now and what are some of your future goals?
ET: I will continue to enjoy broadcasting on Sundays from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. and look forward to working with more gospel artists in the coming year.