Dr. William A. Barks-Dale, is a native of Dothan, Alabama. He attended William Carey College and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education with Minors in Music (Voice) and Special Education from Alabama State University. He earned a Master of Education degree in Special Education from Texas Southern University. William earned a Doctorate of Philosophy in Special Education from Lacrosse University (Summa cum laude). He has written several compositions such as “I Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now” (published by GIA). He is a veteran presenter at The Gospel Music Workshop of America, Inc. His most noted compositions are: “He’s the Keepuh”, “Yes, There is a God”, “Right Here in This Place”, “I’m Covered by the Blood”, “See What the End Will Be” and most recently, "If God Had Not Kept Me" (as presented at the GMWA-Tampa-2011 Workshop). Barks-Dale, is a graduate of the Virginia Theological Seminary. William is a member of the Fountain of Praise-Houston, TX; Remus E. Wright, Senior Pastor. He is also the Director of The Chorale at Brentwood Baptist Church in Houston; Dr. Joe S. Ratliff, Pastor. He is a retired educator after 30 years of service. Barks-Dale is the Founder-Advocate for "Annie Mae's Child"-providing services for parents of children with disabilities. www.anniemaeschild.com
Dr. Barks-Dale will be teach a class on Choral Directing. Hosted by the Houston Chapter of the Gospel Music Workshop of America Friday, August 26, 2011 Concord Elementary School Calvalcade @ Lockwood-Houston, TX 7-9pm
Dr. Barks-Dale will teach his lastest composition, "If God Had Not Kept Me" to The Men of Promise of the Gospel Music Workshop of America Tampa, Florida-Tampa Convention Center Tueday, August 16, 2011 4:30-6:30 PM. Rooms-24-25
Lewis Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Fayetteville, NC Professor Will Harris, Minister of Music Dr. John Fuller, Pastor. Presented "He's the Keepuh" to the SIG Choir. October 11, 2011
Song, "See What the End Will Be" (Spiritual)was presented at the Conference this year at Hampton University.
Presented "Yes, There is a God" at the Texarkana's GMWA Chapter's Songwriter's Workshop
Presented and Directed "I'm Covered by the Blood" an original composition sung by the Houston's Fifth Sunday Musical.