Mississippi Mass Choir, Mosie Burks and Chad Johnson

Written by: Gregory Gay

In 1988, Frank Williams, member of the Jackson Southernaires and executive for Malaco Records set out to form a choir using Mississippi singers and musicians.  The auditions resulted in over 100 singers coming from across the state and after hours of intensive rehearsals, The Mississippi Mass Choir recorded their first album and video on October 29, 1988.  The project hit #1 on the Billboard charts within 5 weeks of its release  in 1989 and rode the charts for 45 weeks, garnering the choir top honors at GMWA and the Stellar Awards as well as Soul Train and Dove Award nominations. 

Today, Mississippi Mass Choir is going strong and moving full speed ahead.  The choir is counting their blessings while making preparations for a tour of Spain that kicks off on December 4th.  Plans are being made for the 25th Anniversary Celebration and Recording in the spring of 2013.  In appreciation of their loyal fan base, MMC is hosting live chats with their lead singers Lillian Lily, Mosie “Mama” Burks, Ben Cone III and Venora Brown throughout the month of November  and doing CD giveaways via their Facebook and Twitter pages.

Mississippi Mass has a vast and unique but  very loyal fan base, and most recently afforded honorary membership status to NFL superstar and MMC Superfan Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson.  Gospelflava will keep you abreast of when he gets a robe and a lead song.

Check out Mississippi Mass Choir’s Facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/TMMC1

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