Mississippi Mass Choir announced tour dates leading into their 25th Anniversary Celebration Gala and live recording. Houston’s own Pastor JD Herron and the Courageous Faith Christian Center will kick off the 25th anniversary tour on May 18th at the Holman Street Baptist Church. Additional dates and cities will be announced shortly.
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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.
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…)
A Samar Biggham brings new definition to the expression “a son of the church”, for church and gospel music come very naturally to him. Samar is the grandson of noted producer/singer/songwriter and Georgia Mass Choir front man, Reverend Milton Biggham. During his college years, Samar was an integral part of the famed Benedict College Gospel Choir serving as co-director. He was featured alongside his father Anthony and grandfather on Its Not Over from the Georgia Mass Choir’s 2007 Tell It CD. Today, Reverend Samar serves as an associate minister at the Mount Vernon Baptist Church where his grandfather is pastor. Each week, he can be found leading the congregation in worship while ministering the gospel in song and the preached word at various churches and auditoriums across the country .
On November 16th, he makes his solo debut as his first single Every Praise, is released for download via Amazon.com and iTunes.
The Gospel Music Community is saddened with news of the passing of Elder Benjamin Cone, Jr. on Sunday, September 16th. Reverend Cone served as the spiritual mentor to the Malaco Music Group family and was the road pastor and director of the spiritual advisory council for the famed Mississippi Mass Choir. (more…)
They’ve given us classics such as “Optimistic”, “I’m Going All The Way”, and “Hold On Change Is Coming”, and now the group that revolutionized Christian, R&B, and Inspirational Music Returns! The Sounds of Blackness has recently signed with Malaco Records. Expect to hear a new single entitled, “Fly Again” on radio from the Grammy Award Winning Group starting in August. The new album will be simply titled, “The Sounds of Blackness” and is right on the heels of the group’s 40 year anniversary and the 20th anniversary of their game changing album, “Optimistic’. The new single will feature Jamecia Bennett on lead vocals. Jamecia is the daughter of former Sounds of Blackness Lead vocalist Ann Nesby , and mother to Season 5 American Idol Finalist Paris Bennett
Gospel music lovers across the country were saddened with the passing of AIR Gospel/Malaco Recording Artist Bishop F C Barnes on July 11. Bishop Barnes was 82.
Bishop Barnes started singing with quartets at the age of 14. He spent a number of years traveling the circuit before answering the call to ministry organizing the Red Budd Holy Church in Rocky Mount, North Carolina where he would serve as pastor and chief musician. He would later go on to pair up with Reverend Janice Brown. The duo made eight albums, one of which yielded the smash hit Rough Side of the Mountain in 1983. The album would sell over 500,000 units and ride the charts for over a a record 97 weeks.
Bishop Barnes recorded several albums with his son Luther and the Barnes Family, with his group called the Company (featuring his nieces Deborah Barnes, Wanda Barnes, and Lisa Barnes) his Red Budd Gospel Choir as well as several recordings from the quartet he founded, the Sunset Jubilaires.
Funeral arrangements are pending.
PHOTO CREDIT: Oregon Music News
Prayers are going to the founders, staff, and team of Malaco Records. The offices and buildings of Malaco records were affected by the tornado that came through Mississippi on Friday and Saturday. News source have reported that the tornado completely destroyed one of the buildings and tore the structure of two other buildings completely in half . Thankfully no one was injured, and the employees and volunteers have been spending the weekend trying to sort through the debris to see what remains. One of the buildings storing over 40 years of music was slightly damaged. Malaco has been a staple in the music industry for many years. The independent record label has been home to legendary artist such as The Mississippi Mass Choir, The Caravans, and the Rev. James Cleveland. Many gospel artist have passed through the legendary studio to record some of Gospel most ground-breaking and life changing projects, such as Bebe and Cece Winans. Wolf Stephenson who is the co founder of the label stated in an interview, there is no word if there are plans to rebuild the company which had been staple in Music Industry and Business since 1967.