Garnet Mimms was one of the early soul singers on the 1960's pop music scene. He had many records in the top ten during the 60's and 70's. Garnet is known for such soul classics as "Cry Baby", "A Quiet Place", and "I'll Take Good Care Of You".
Born in Ashland, West Virginia, where he grew up, Garnet attended Byrd Prillerman High School at Amigo in 1949 and 1950 and graduated from Stratton High in Beckley 1952. Right after graduation, Garnet moved to Philadelphia. Mimms sang in gospel groups including the Norfolk Four, the Evening Star Quartet, and the Harmonizing Four. Garnet and the Evening Stars toured with such talent as The Dixie Hummingbirds, The Davis Sisters, Sam Cooke and the Soul Stirrers, The Sensational Nightengails, and many more. After serving in the military for two years, he returned to Philadelphia and formed a doo-wop group in 1958 called the Gainors.
The Gainors recorded on the Red Top label. In 1961, Garnet and Sam Bell left to form a new group, Garnet Mimms and the Enchanters, which included Zola Pearnell and Charles Boyer. In 1963 Garnet Mimms and the Enchanters recorded their biggest hit "Cry Baby" which topped the R&B chart and hit number four on the pop chart in 1963. The song helped to set the pace for soul music, and came before huge hits in the same vein by artists such as Aretha Franklin and Otis Redding later in the decade. The group followed up with a cover of Jerry Butler's hit "For Your Precious Love" and "Baby Don't You Weep", both of which hit the top forty later the same year.
Striking out as a solo artist, Garnet continued to have hits. His most notable solo recording was "I'll Take Good Care Of You", his second record on the R&B chart and his final top forty hit on the pop chart, in 1966. Mimms worked with Jimi Hendrix in England the following year. He did some recording on the MGM and Verve labels. The producers of funk band Brass Construction had him record a fast-paced dance song titled 'What It Is". Released as Garnet Mimms and the Truckin' Company, the song reached the charts in England in 1977.
A compilation of his hits from 1963-1966, www.Amazon.com can be found on the album Warm & Soulful. Garnet Mimms and his terrific rendition of Cry Baby helped to create the distinctive sound of soul music in the 1960's.
In 1981, a new era began, for Garnet 'Cry Baby' Mimms. The former Rock N' Roll artist realized that there was more to life and sought the peace that his recording successes could not satisfy. Then in an effort to purchase life insurance he was introduced to Jesus, the real peace giver, by an insurance salesman and a minister, Dr. Lee Chapman.
Afterwards, Garnet acknowledged his call into the ministry. Dr. Chapman had a bible class and there Garnet began to be led by the spirit to "Study to show thyself approved unto god, a workman that needed not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth". II Timothy 2:15; Later Garnet attended the Jamison school of ministry, and the Deliverance Bible Institute. He graduated from both schools in 1987.
Recognizing Garnet capabilities and dedication, Bishop Bernard Harris asked Garnet to assist him in the New Jerusalem Prison Ministry. Later Garnet formed the Bottom Line Revival Ministries which is considered by many prison wardens, chaplains and inmates and their families as the most powerful ministry on the East Coast. The ministry consists of ministers of music, preachers, teachers, and pastors. God looks for willing, capable, available, sold out vessels, and that's what he has in Bottom Line Revival Ministries. Garnet has truly found the peace he desired by accepting Jesus Christ and through his work with the Bottom Line Revival Ministries.
BACK TO MY ROOTS MEANS THAT GOD HAS BROUGHT ME BACK TO WHERE I STARTED FROM .
To God Be The Glory!
1. I Can't Make It Without The Lord
3. Victory Chant
4. I Will Glory In The Cross
5. Since God Is For Us
6. My Soul's Been Anchored
7. Rough Side Of The Mountain
8. Presence Of The Lord Is Here