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Singer Goes Solo After 75 Years Performing With Her Family


Ms. Connie B was a dream come true for her father. He was a gospel singer who loved to harmonize. Unable to rely on local performers, he prayed to father children who could sing so that he could have his own singing group.

His prayers were answered several times over as one-by-one his children were born, and around the age of 4 or 5 they were added to the family group. Connie was the last of the Badgett children to join, and their group never had a name. They were a family who regularly sang at churches and events, but after the loss of their father, the sisters knew they had to carry on his dream and legacy. The Badgett Sisters recorded two albums together and won the North Carolina Folk Heritage Award in 1990. After 75 years singing with the family, Ms. Connie B has recorded her first solo album. She joins host Frank Stadio in studio to share her story and perform live from “The Path That Leads Home,” a collection of spirituals sung acapella. Ms. Connie B is performing at the Southern Roots Festival next Saturday, May 18th in Prospect HIll and at Festival For The Eno in July.

Dana is an award-winning producer who began as a personality at Rock 92. Once she started creating content for morning shows, she developed a love for producing. Dana has written and produced for local and syndicated commercial radio for over a decade. WUNC is her debut into public radio and she’s excited to tell deeper, richer stories.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.