For fifty years, New Town Virginia native Cora Harvey Armstrong has been inspiring worshippers and fans of gospel music with her powerful singing and piano playing. This weekend, she'll be performing at the Virginia Folklife Stage at the Richmond Folk Festival.
I met up with Cora at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church last week and she spoke on her experiences growing up King and Queen County; her time attending Virginia State where she worked with gospel legend Larry Bland and how she draws on her personal experiences when she ministers, evangelizes and writes songs. I asked her to sing me her favorite song, so she sat down at the piano after our interview and performed “Amazing Grace,” which you can hear at the end of this segment.