What does it feel like to have your song be number on the Gospel charts – the first Gospel Song to cross over to the Secular Billboard Charts, selling over a million copies – a Grammy winner? Ms. Lillie Knauls was a member of the Edwin Hawkins Singers and the song is “O, Happy Day” – sound familiar? Today we feature Ms. Lillie Knauls whom God has used to touch multitudes with his love.
Ms. Lillie Knauls was born in Arkansas and grew up in a family of 6 girls and 1 boy. At 13 her father passed away and the family moved to Seattle, Washington to live with her mother’s sister. After high school she began working at Pacific Telephone in 1956. Just months before getting married in 1963 Ms. Lillie called off the wedding and moved to San Jose, California. That’s when the opportunity came to be a member of the Edwin Hawkins Singers. Ms. Lillie sang across the United States and Europe in concert halls and television shows. On behalf of her group’s induction into the Gospel Hall of Fame Ms. Lillie accepted the award. She’s appeared regularly on the Gaither Homecoming features.
Matthew 6:26 Jesus said, “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store in barns, yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable then they?”