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Lillie Knauls Jesus The Waymaker


Lillie Knauls Jesus The Waymaker “Lillie who?” That’s what folks were saying in 1975 when the first gospel recording of Lillie Knauls was released. She has recorded many albums of gospel songs and original songs since 1975.

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Let’s answer the question “Lillie who?” This is the story of this incredible musician. Arkansas was where Ms. Knauls was raised. Six girls and one boy were born to her parents. Lillie was born in church. When the church doors opened, the Knauls family was there. Lillie cannot remember ever not loving the Lord. She asked Him to come into her heart at a very young age.

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At age 13 her father passed away and the family moved to Seattle, Washington, to live with her Mother’s sister. Lillie attended Middle and High school, and began working at Pacific Telephone in 1956. She is looking forward to attending her next Garfield High School Class Reunion.

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Did you know that Lillie, a 1963 Seattle native, was almost a married woman? Just months before her wedding to a handsome young man, Lillie called it off. It was not God’s will, she felt. She then moved to San Jose, California.

While working at the Telephone Company in San Jose, Lillie took a leave of absence to sing with the Edwin Hawkins Singers in 1970. This was when their song, “O, Happy Day” was Number One on the Gospel charts. It was the first Gospel Song that crossed over to Secular Billboard charts and sold more than a million copies. Ms. Lillie’s version can be found on her “Lillie Knauls Past and Present” 2007 Dove Winning CD (check out the Music Page!). They sang all over the United States and Europe, in concert halls and on television shows.

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Gospel Music Hall Of

Fame Inducts Three

New Black Members

Eight music stars were inducted into the Gospel Music Association’s (GMA), Nashville, TN, by the Gospel Music Association. They include Shirly Caesar and the Fisk Jubilee Singers, as well as the Edwin Hawkins Singers.


Lillie Knauls, an original member of the Edwin Hawkins Singers, accepted the award on behalf of her group’s induction into the Gospel Hall of Fame

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She resigned from her 22-year-old job at the telephone company knowing that God had called her to full-time ministry. During her farewell luncheon, God gave her a scripture which is still one of her favorites, Matthew 6:26, “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 than they?” God has proven Himself true to His Word! He is faithful and provides all her needs without a regular paycheck.

God is not unjust, He will not forget your work, and the love you have shown Him as you have helped His people and continue to help them.”

Hebrews 6:10


February 16, 1999 – Ms. Lillie’s mother, Mary Lillie, has passed away to be with Jesus. She lived 94 years here on earth but will be with Jesus for eternity.

The “MUSICIANARY”, as it is known, has been seen everywhere in the world many times. Ms. Lillie ministers at large and small churches, Aglow Fellowships and prisons. She also assists in Christian Women’s clubs, major Christian TV programs, and rest homes.

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God also gave Ms. Lillie a gift: being single. (1Corinthians 7:32) Lillie is a frequent speaker at Single’s Rallies where she shares on the subject, “Single and Satisfied.” She stresses the importance of singles being involved with families, especially ones with children.

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Lillie has traveled the world singing and ministering about God’s love to all peoples, even those living under Communist rule. Once in Rio de Janeiro, she sang to 200,000 people and 500,000 in Ghana! Though the times and places change, her musical message remains the same… strictly Christ-centered!

Ms. Lillie and her family at her mother’s 90th Birthday CelebrationFrom the right, Nell, Evelyn, Loretta, Paul, Ms. Lillie, Gertie, Gladine and

Mother Gladys is seated in front
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Ms. Lillie in her Honda CRV

Ms. Lillie now lives in California and has covered the globeministering and singing about God’s love. She continues to bless and delight audiences all over the world!

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