Marian Anderson (1897-1993) lived in my hometown. I heard her sing in a parking lot in Danbury CT on a very cold night toward the end of her career. In 1939 when the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) refused to allow her to sing in their Constitution Hall, first lady Eleanor Roosevelt resigned from the DAR and had the U.S. government allow her to sing at the Lincoln Memorial. She was a consummate professional, and was the first African American to sing at the Metropolitan opera house.

Famous as a contralto, in this radio broadcast she performs the Casta Diva from Norma. Even lowered a tone, it gives clearly an idea of her great range.

I was looking for the words for TO GOD BE THE GLORY and came across Carrie Wilson singing MY TRIBUTE. The video says it is in response to Marian Anderson singing Casta Diva (above).   Carrie is singing at a wedding in Kenbridge, Virginia, in 2007.