Corinthian Singers

Built as a vehicle for Cleveland gospel veteran Dorothy Barringer’s collaboration with her talented daughter Keeva, the Corinthian Singers came to Boddie late in its run. Dorothy had been heard with a litany of Cleveland gospel acts, including the Golden Harmonettes, Mighty Rights of Souls, the Mack Singers, and as a guest vocal with Melvin Kenniebrew’s Sensational Saints. Keeva was just nine years old when the group began in 1978. Based out of Triumph COGIC on Quincy Avenue, the group was a real family affair, backed up by uncle Warren Barringer Jr. on drums and brothers Pokey and Tony Deadwiley on percussion and lead guitar, respectively, with Crystal Bohannon as first tenor, and former Modernairs baritone Thomas Streeter. As the group’s matron had worked on numerous sessions at the Boddie studios in a supporting role, it was only natural for Dorothy to return there with the Corinthian Singers. Their first single, “I Am Leaning” b/w “It Will Pay Off,” came off the trimmer in 1981, but that promised payoff didn’t occur until their second 45, “Why (It’s A Shame)” in 1983. Finished with merely asking “why,” Dorothy Barringer threw herself into neighborhood reclamation, converting Sonny Jones’ popular Kinsman Grill nightclub into The Christian Club, a gospel music social center. Dorothy would manage the establishment until 1989. Keeva Barringer wound up as one of 17 voices in the Family, Kirk Franklin’s contemporary urban choir, her tenure coming to a close following the filing of a multi-million dollar lawsuit against Franklin for back royalties.

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