Happy Heavenly Birthday Inez Andrews
Sister Inez Andrews, born Inez McConico April 14, 1929 was an American gospel singer. Her soaring, wide-ranging voice — from contralto croon to soul-wrenching wail — made her a pillar of gospel music.
Andrews started singing in the church as a child and performed gospel music on the road in various gospel groups from the 1940s before joining The Caravans in 1957. She sang lead on The Caravans first breakthrough hit, "Mary Don't You Weep", and also had hits as a solo artist with crossover recordings such as "Lord Don't Move The Mountain".
Andrews was a dedicated Christian and family person. She raised seven children during her career in gospel music. She died at her home on the South Side of Chicago on December 19, 2012, at the age of 83. She had been diagnosed with cancer months earlier. Andrews is survived by seven children, 19 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.