Soul singer Gloria Ann Taylor released only a small amount of music during her brief career. She never achieved the commercial success of her contemporaries though she later became a cult sensation. Her genre-bending sound laid the groundwork for disco, R&B, and modern soul music.
In 2015, Ubiquity issued the “Love is a Hurtin’ Thing” album that made her scarce music widely available. Though she was happy with the success of the album she remained out of the spotlight and the industry. It was in 2016, when she returned to the studio for the first time in decades. She recorded a demo of three songs, but tragically passed away before any final recordings or production could be completed. It would take years and the genius of technology to bring her final music back to life. The “Be Worthy” 7-inch is a magnificent ending to the legacy of the soul singer that knew love is a thing we could never live without, even if it is a hurtin’ thing.
released October 22, 2021
Produced by Misha Panfilov
All songs written by Gloria Ann Taylor Whisenhunt (BMI), administered by Ubiquitunes. Basic recording by Eric Sills at Stone Soup Recording Studios; additional recording, production, and all arrangements by Misha Panfilov. Musicians: Gloria Ann Taylor Whisenhunt – vocals, piano; Larry Meyer – drums; Ilja Gussarov – flute; Sasha Petrov – tenor sax; Misha Panfilov – guitar, bass, synthesizer, mellotron, lap steel guitar, percussion, backing vocals. Photos: Heather Meyer