Sister Rosetta Tharpe was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018. Until Gayle Ward wrote a book about this incredibly talented gospel singer, most people had never heard of the woman who was to become the Godmother of rock ‘n roll.
Gayle teaches English and American Studies at The George Washington University and first became interested in Rosetta Tharpe after seeing a video of her singing and playing guitar. Gayle was blown away by her performance and began the painstaking work of reconstructing the story that would eventually become Shout, Sister, Shout! The book was published in 2007 and turned into a musical that premiered at the Pasadena Playhouse in 2017.