At 81 Years Old, McLendon, is the Oldest American Contemporary Solo Artist signed to a record label. Music World Gospel recording artist and BET’s Sunday Best Season 3 first runner-up will release his debut solo CD project, “The Best of Elder Goldwire McLendon” on April 24, 2012. The spirited and charismatic McLendon has been singing for seven decades, ministering to people in song and words in his native Florida and Philadelphia.
In 1963, his wife, Ruth, organized the Savettes Club, which was designed to reunite women who had grown up together as friends in the ministry. They would sing at every meeting until one of the members suggested that they should sing for a bigger audience than themselves. They invited their husbands to join them and they became the Savettes Choral Group. The group ministered around the Philadelphia area, singing in churches and concert halls, for local events and on local television stations. They also did outreach at nursing homes, prisons and in the streets. The group recorded several albums, and, over the years, gained new members. McLendon is one of only three original members who still perform with the group.
McLendon also has been a featured artist with two other Philadelphia-based groups—The Brockington Ensemble and the Victory Choral Union. When his children were old enough to travel, they performed as the McLendon Family for many years. They performed in venues around the Northeast, particularly in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York. McLendon was called to the ministry in 1964 and was ordained in 1967. In 1978 he was ordained as an Elder and he and his wife left Philadelphia to pastor St. James Christian Fellowship in Tennille, GA, where they lived and worked for 17 years before returning to Philadelphia. In 2009, he was honored as “A Philadelphia Living Legend” along with other Philadelphia musical notables such as; Chubby Checker, Bunny Siglar, Pastor Rosie Wallace Brown, Billy Paul, Dee Dee Sharp and many others.
McLendon’s testimony is an inspiration to millions. “When I received a call that Mathew Knowles wanted to sign me to Music World Gospel,” says McLendon. “My daughter and I were stomping on the floor, and holding our mouths because we wanted to scream. I carried on and she did too.” Following his experience on Sunday’s Best’s world-wide stage, McLendon has traveled around the country ministering in song. His tour took him as far west as Beaumont, Texas and Las Vegas, Nevada, and south to Orlando and Jacksonville, Florida. In Jacksonville, he had a role in a production of, I’ll Be Home for Christmas, which starred Clifton Davis, Regina Belle and others.
“Elder Goldwire has an ageless appeal—with the heart and soul of a man who has done a lot of living. He has the energy and enthusiasm of a young man,” says Mathew Knowles, founder, President and CEO of Music World Gospel. “As I watched him in Season 3, he competed with vigor and stamina. He proved that he can connect with people in a wide range of demographics as he won the hearts of over a million supporters—especially females.” -(Music World Gospel Artist Bio)
Make sure you go out and support “The Best of Elder Goldwire McLendon” on April 24th!! To listen to the first single “Jesus Be A Fence Around Me” and learn more about the project CLICK HERE!!