Emily Drinkard, later known as Cissy Houston, was only five years old when she joined her sister, Anne, and brothers, Nicholas and Larry, in a family gospel group, the Drinkard Four. Another sister, Lee, who served as the group's manager, later became the mother of soulful pop vocalist, Dee Dee and Dionne Warwick. Expanding with the addition of vocalists, Ann Moss and Marie Epps, the group was renamed, the Drinkard Singers. Performing regularly at the New Hope Baptist Church, in Newark, they recorded several singles for the Savoy, Chess and Verve labels and a live album, A Joyful Noise, for RCA. They became the first gospel group to sing with Mahalia Jackson when they appeared at the National Baptist Convention in the early-1950s. After stirring the crowd at the Newport Jazz Festival, in 1957, with their devotional harmonies, they became the first gospel group signed by RCA.