Opal J. Shaw is a life-long resident of West Tennessee. She was born in Fayette Co., TN on September 9, 1945 to Walter and Sallie Johnson, who were both pillars in their communities. She is the youngest of ten children, and the mother of three, Reginald, Rhonda, and Tracy. She has eight grandchildren, of which she adopted one and raised as her own, and ten great-grandchildren. According to her mother, she began singing in church as soon as she could speak. After marrying her husband Johnny in 1963, she combined her talents with him, and they later recorded and became known as the world renowned Shaw Singers. As a result of reading a newspaper article, where one could pay $400 to record songs, Opal gathered the songs that she had written for herself and husband, and they traveled to Memphis, TN., where they recorded their first songs, in 1967. A former disc jockey at WDIA am in Memphis, TN., by the radio name, Bro. Wade took some of their recordings on consignment and played one of them on air at WDIA. The first song played was, This Old Life Will Soon Be Over. It was after this that the husband and wife duo singing career took flight. They recorded a total of 33 songs, along with two albums, in which she wrote all the songs except three. One of the songs, Special Prayer, a solo done by Opal, still lives on the airways to this day. She and her husband have traveled throughout the world singing, including overseas travel to Germany and Paris.


In 2000, Opal became the first African American female to hold the office of County Commissioner in Hardeman County, TN.


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