Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.
Executive Producers – Roger Lamay and Bruce Warren
Senior Producer – Alex Lewis (writer on hours one and two)
Editor – Cheryl Devall
Assistant Producer – Whitney Jones (writer on hour three)
Production Assistant – Rachel Ishikawa
Mixing – Jeff Townes (episodes 1-3), and Will Loftus (episode four)
Cece Winans – host, Grammy award winning Gospel singer
Dr. Paul Kwami, – Music Director of the Fisk Jubilee Singers
Dr. Joyce Jackson – Professor, Director, African & African American Studies Program, Louisiana State University
Dr. Donald Dumpson -Music Minister of the Arch Street Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia
Jerry Zolten – author of Great God Almighty! The Dixie Hummingbirds: Celebrating the Rise of Soul Gospel Music
Robert Marovich – historian, founder and editor of the Journal of Gospel Music, and author of several books including A City Called Heaven: Chicago and the Birth of Gospel Music
Ira Tucker Jr. – The Dixie Hummingbirds
Dr. Deborah Smith Pollard – gospel DJ, historian, and Chair, Department of Literature, Philosophy and the Arts; Professor of English Literature and Humanities at the University of Michigan-Dearborn
Peter Guralnick – Sam Cooke biographer and acclaimed music writer and critic
Pastor Donald Gay – Chicago gospel legend and Sam Cooke’s boyhood friend
Pastor Mitty Collier – former R&B star, currently a Pastor in Chicago.
Gayle Wald – popular music and cultural historian, and author of Shout, Sister Shout! – The Untold Story of Rock and Roll Trailblazer, Sister Rosetta Tharpe
Lawrence “Boo” Mitchell – Musician, producer, owner of Royal Studios in Memphis.
Dorothy Combs-Morrison – singer and songwriter, lead vocalist on “Oh Happy Day”
Richard Smallwood – gospel musician and songwriter
Mark Stansbury – gospel DJ, Memphis
Deanie Parker – musician and one of Stax Records’ original three employees. She currently works as the community relations director for The Stax Museum.
Ann Powers – NPR music critic, journalist and author
Matt Ross-Spang – multiple Grammy Award winning producer, engineer and mixer at Sun Studios and currently works at Sam Phillips Recording in Memphis
Mavis Staples – singer and member of The Staple Singers
Reverend Joe Williams – Former Dixie Hummingbird and current Pastor at pastor of the Mount Airy United Fellowship Church in Philadelphia.
Dr. Leo Davis – Minister of Worship at the Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church
Dr. Mark Anthony Neal – Professor of Black Popular Culture, the Department of African and African-American Studies at Duke University