Sherman, Grayson County, Texas, United States (1889 – 1963)
Juanita "Arizona" Dranes (1889 or 1891–1963) was one of the first gospel artists to bring the musical styles of Holiness churches' religious music to the public in her records for Okeh and performances in the 1920s. She was also one of the first professional woman gospel singers. Her distinctive, nasal vocal style and piano playing that incorporated boogie and ragtime influenced later gospel artists.
Juanita Drane (or possibly Drain) was born blind in 1889 or 1891 in Sherman, Texas… read more
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