Vicki Mack Lataillade is the founder of Gospo Centric, the record label who discovered Kirk Franklin. In this special feature for Black History Month, she shares the growth and transformation of Gospel music in the 90s and early 00s.
Vicki speaks about her earliest memories of falling in love with Gospel music, listening to Edwin Hawkins’ ‘Oh Happy Day’.
Vicki talks about climbing the ladder in the music industry, interning at RCA records, and working with Andre Crouch and leading female Gospel artists Vickie Winans and Tramaine Hawkins.
Vicki reveals how the sight of her young daughter dancing to explicit music, inspired her to start Gospo Centric, and the support they received from the industry including Elton John and Def Jam Records.
Vicki recounts how she discovered Kirk Franklin, amidst a personal financial struggle, and starting the girl group Trin-i-tee 5:7.
Vicki describes the extraordinary experience of almost being taken out by Snoop Dog's body guards, when she tried to pray for him, and how Suge Knight’s confidence challenged her to be bold about her Christian label.
Vicki expresses her disappointment at the slipping standards of the lifestyle of some Gospel artists.
Vicki speaks openly about the prejudices of being a black woman in the music industry, and why Gospel music must remain committed to the Christian message.