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In 1993, after recording eight albums for J & B, the Canton Spirituals signed with Blackberry Records. Their Blackberry release, Live in Memphis, featured several of their past hits, such as Mississippi Po’ Boy, Ride This Train and I’m Coming Lord. The album was a smashing success, sold close to a half-million copies, spent 169 weeks on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart, earned a Grammy nomination, and spawned a follow-up, Live in Memphis II (1995).
Harvey Lee Watkins Sr. died of cancer on November 16, 1994, and Second Street in Canton was renamed Harvey Watkins Sr. Street in his memory. That same year, the Mississippi Gospel Music Awards bestowed the longtime Canton Spirituals member with its Legend Award.
A decade later, the Canton Spirituals were making albums for Verity, which featured cameos by top-shelf quartet men, such as Paul Porter, Stan Jones, Bishop Neal Roberson and Lee Williams.
The group earned two Stellar Awards in 1997: Best Group/Duo of the Year and Traditional Group of the Year for the Living the Dream: Live in Washington, DC album. The following year, the group was named Quartet of the Year and Artist of the Year at the American Gospel Quartet Awards.
Led by Harvey Watkins Jr., the Canton Spirituals continue to tour and record, with Billy Voss, David Curry, Merlin Lucious, Shannon Lee, Rodrick Jones, Josh Myles, and Antoine Porter Sr. as the personnel. Malaco released the quartet’s latest full-length album, Keep Knocking (2013), with the title track and Your Life’s About to Change as singles.
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