The Badgett Sisters

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The Badgett Sisters are an American folk and gospel group[1] from Yanceyville in Caswell County, North Carolina, and recipients of a 1990 North Carolina Heritage Award. The trio began singing together in 1933 and consisted of sisters Celester, Connie, and Cleonia Badgett.[2]

As of 2016, Connie B. Steadman is currently still performing as an acappella musician and storyteller solo artist throughout North Carolina.[3]


Under their father's tutelage, the Badgett Sisters learned to sing spirituals, hymns, and gospel songs in the jubilee style, a form of unaccompanied close harmony learned from their father, Cortelyou Odell Badgett (1905-1978). They sing in the jubilee style, a form popular in the 1930s and 1940s. The Badgett Sisters began performing at the ages of 4-6. All of the Badgetts' arrangements are original.

Having performed around the world, the Badgett Sisters traveled as far as Australia and performed at Carnegie Hall.[4]


  • 1990: North Carolina Folk Heritage Award, awarded to the state of North Carolina's most eminent folk artists.[5]
  • Old Highway #62 that runs south from Yanceyville, North Carolina, was renamed Badgett Sisters Parkway.


  • 1990: Just A Little While to Stay Here
  • 1986: The Voice That Refused


  1. ^ LLC, Zencos Consulting. "Welcome to the Arts in North Carolina!". Retrieved 2016-04-06.
  2. ^ "American Folk Music and Folklore Recordings: A Selected List 1990 (American Folklife Center, Library of Congress)". Retrieved 2016-04-06.
  3. ^ "connie steadman | LinkedIn". Retrieved 2016-04-06.
  4. ^ "Gunn Memorial Library presents Miss Connie B". The Caswell Messenger. Retrieved 2016-04-06.
  5. ^ "North Carolina Heritage Award". Retrieved 2016-04-06.