Widely celebrated as the “First Family of Gospel Music” in Richmond, Virginia, The Legendary Ingramettes have been blowing the roof off performance stages for nearly six decades.
Maggie “Mama” Ingram was born July 4, 1930, on Mulholland’s Plantation in Coffee County, Georgia. She would later work the cotton and tobacco fields with her parents. Maggie began playing the piano and singing early and developed a great love for the church and gospel music. In 1961 Maggie moved herself and her five children to Richmond, Virginia, creating Maggie Ingram and the Ingramettes. This family singing group became one of the most beloved groups in Richmond’s storied gospel tradition.
Maggie passed away in 2015 at the age of 84. Still, the group has continued to soar, led by the powerfully incomparable singing of her oldest daughter, Almeta Ingram-Miller. She is joined by Maggie’s granddaughter Cheryl Maroney-Yancey and daughter-in-law Carrie Jackson.
Backed by their rock-solid house-shaking rhythm section, the Ingramettes continue to bring a Sunday morning service’s electric energy and spirit to the performance stage. They are enthralling diverse audiences at such prestigious venues and festivals as the Kennedy Center, the National Folk Festival, Floydfest, Strawberry Music Festival, and countless others across the US and abroad.
Their 2012 release Maggie Ingram and the Ingramettes: Live in Richmond won the Independent Music Awards Gospel Album of the Year. Their latest album, “Take A Look in the Book”, is available now.