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Virginia Bostic: 68 years of singing

Gigi Tinsley | 3/13/2014, 9 a.m.
Last month, Music Minister Virginia Bostic was honored as a “Living Legend” for her more than 68 years of singing ...

Last month, Music Minister Virginia Bostic was honored as a “Living Legend” for her more than 68 years of singing praises to her Lord and Savior. Those celebrating this milestone included: Commissioners Barbara Jordan, District 1, Miami Gardens; Jean Monestime District 2, the Miami-Dade County commission, the public, and her church, New Christ Tabernacle Church, 1305 NW 54th St. where Rev. Harold Marsh is the senior pastor, Bostic has been the music minister for twelve years.

“I was seven years-old when I started to sing,”Bostic acclaimed. “It is now more than 68 years later and I am not tired yet.”

Bostic was born in Sharon, GA, January 25, 1939 to Viola and Johnnie Jackson. At the age of five she came to Miami to live with her aunt and uncle, Geneva and Jimmy Edwards. They inspired her in regards to her academics and singing, and at the age of seven she started to sing publicly.

Soon after that, Virginia was a rising star within the Triumph Church-singing at local and national conventions. Her talents, singing and playing the piano, made her a household name in Miami-Dade County and throughout south Florida. Because of her extraordinary gift and power of deliverance Virginia began to sing on the national level.

She toured for many years with the Gospel Consolers whose May the Work I’ve Done Speak for Me, topped the musical charts worldwide. Others she sang with include (but are not limited to): Andrae Crouch, Albertina Walker, The Caravans, The Mighty Clouds of Joy, Dorothy Love-Coates and Gospel Harmonettes and Shirley Caesar.

At 15, Virginia was the lead singer of a popular group called the Voices Triumph., singers selected from her church. After graduating from high school she attended Bethune Cookman College in Daytona Beach, FL.

When Virginia graduated from college, she came back to Miami and it was here that she met the love of her life, the late Edward Bostic. He was also a gifted guitar player. She and Edward were married on March 21, 1964 and were thereafter known as the “the gospel couple that packed out churches, theaters and halls, with their performances.” To the union of Virginia and Edward two sons were born, Cedric and Quinton Bostic.

In 1997, Virginia was asked by Pastor Marc Cooper to sing the lead on their title song, It’s Praying Time. The album won a Stella Award with Virginia singing lead. In 2005, Virginia was introduced to Chad Lawson Cooper, play writer and director. She was asked”to become a part of America’s number one Urban Gospel Stage Play.

On April 5th, Virginia will debut her thespian skills on the big screen playing a lead role in the highly anticipated movie Church Mess, written and directed by Chad Lawson and Alicia Robinson Cooper.

“Bostic doesn’t seem to be getting older but she does seem to be getting better and more involved,” Cooper said.