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Pt 12: Close-Up Talk Radio welcomes back Rosalind Cazares of Mama's Temple Choir

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Murray, UT – In June 2008, dual legislation passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate designated September as Gospel Music Heritage Month. In recognition of Gospel Music Heritage Month, Close-Up Talk Radio will spotlight Mama’s Temple Church Choir of Utah.

Mama's Temple Church Choir is a Pentecostal gospel choir led by Minister of Music Rosalind E. Cazares. Named for Rosalind’s mother Dr. Rosemary Redmon Cosby, affectionately known as “Mama,” the choir has since become one of the most renowned in the country, bringing its unique traditional gospel music to countless venues throughout the state of Utah for over 30 years. 

“I learned how to find God to get the spirit into the song from my mother,” says Rosalind. “When you sing, you have to sanctify yourself. They’re not Gospel songs until you can feel the spirit of God when you’re singing.”

Rosalind says the choir is dedicated to keeping Mama’s legacy alive by using the communal spirit of gospel music to reinforce a belief in God and sing His praise. Each show is unique, with the choir offering an extensive repertoire of songs including everything from “Amazing Grace” to “Two Wings” to “Happy” by Pharrell Williams. The choir can even perform songs by audience request.

Rosalind says that at its very best, gospel music can be our salvation.

“When I sing these songs it fills my spirit. I feel God, so of course you’ve got to get that shout in,” laughs Cazares. “It’s a really, really good feeling to hear the sound of all these voices singing His praise together. God can hear us.”

Mama’s Temple Church Choir is scheduled to perform The World Stage in West Valley City on Monday, August 25 as part of the Utah Cultural Celebration Center’s Summer Concert Series.