Mother’s Day is a special day in the life of the church. There is an old joke about infrequent churchgoers being part of the C.M.E. denomination, where C.M.E. stands for “Christmas,” “Mother’s Day” and “Easter.” In other words, even those who don’t regularly attend, often show up on the 2nd Sunday in May to honor their mothers. This Mother’s Day, celebrates all mothers, and presents a special video shout-out below to Detroit’s Mothers of Gospel; the legendary gospel singers and devout women of God who have paved the way for their talented children and grandchildren.

Karen Clark Sheard and daughter Kierra Sheard blow the roof off with their version of “He Loves Me” at The Gospel Karukera Festival.

Lisa Page-Brooks and daughter Tasha Page-Lockhart honor Mary Mary as only they can at the 2016 BMI Trailblazer Awards singing Mary Mary’s “Go Get It.”

Marvin Winans, Jr. is featured on “You’re More Than a Mom” from Vickie Winan’s 2006 album, Woman To Woman: Songs of Life.

In this rare video of footage taken from Detroit Public Television’s American Black Journal (1981), Mattie Moss Clark joins her daughters, The Clark Sisters (Jacky, Denise “Niecy,”  Elbernita “Twinkie,” Dorinda and Karen) to sing “They Were Overcome,” from their “Is My Living In Vain” album.

In another rare video, Delores “Ma” Winans, the matriarch of gospel’s first family of gospel, sings “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” with daughter, CeCe Winans, on a Billy Graham Television Special.

Denise “Niecy” Clark’s son, Larry Clark samples The Clark Sisters’ “Hallelujah” (including mom Denise) for the lead single from the gospel musical stage play “The Clark Family.”

Known as the “Queen of Quartet,” Evelyn Turrentine-Agee has several children and grandchildren who have followed her legendary lead. In this video, Evelyn is leading the Gospel Legends in her signature song, “God Did It,” from the classic Malaco recording Gospel Legends.