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The Mississippi Mass Choir has set September 20th for their 10th live recording in celebration of Gospel Music Heritage Month as well as their 25th anniversary. All roads will lead to the Thalia Mara Hall in Jackson, Mississippi for this highly anticipated event with Stan Jones in the producer’s chair. The choir kicked off the official 25th anniversary celebration tour in Houston with noteworthy appearances alongside Dr. Myrlie Evers Williams and Julian Bond at the NAACP celebration for Medgar Evers and the AME Zion Church Convocation. Additional tour dates are scheduled during the fall in the midwest and the east coast.
As Mississippi Mass Choir prepares to celebrate 25 years of great music, GOSPELflava pauses to remember the legacy of its beloved founder, the inimitable Frank Williams. A gentle giant, Williams made a name for himself as a lead singer in the famed Jackson Southernaires. The Southernaires would be the first gospel group to join the Malaco Records family. Shortly thereafter, Frank was hired by Malaco as the Director of Gospel Promotions. Forever “Mississippi Proud”, Williams decided to form a mass choir consisting of the state’s finest singers and musicians. MMC’s self titled debut hit #1 five weeks after its release and would ride the charts for 45 consecutive weeks.
Among Frank’s musical contributions with MMC are Your Grace and Mercy, Near the Cross, Thanks You For My Mansion and It Remains to Be Seen.
Rehearsals are underway for a celebration of gigantic proportions as America’s Choir, the Mississippi Mass Choir prepares to celebrate their 25th Anniversary with a live recording. This marks the 10th album from the singing aggregation formed by the late Frank Williams in 1988. In addition to new music, MMC prepares a “walk down memory lane” reliving some musical moments from the past featuring some of the choir’s most beloved soloists. GOSPELflava will keep you abreast of special MMC happenings as they evolve.
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. (more…)