The Mississippi Mass Choir

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In the song “This Morning When I Rose,” the instrumentals suddenly turn an upbeat tempo, and the vocals thunder across a sound system as a burst of energy might radiate across a flat surface. Even if the listener is not partial to the gospel sound, he or she may find it difficult to remain seated without moving as the Mississippi Mass Choir almost mandates movement through performed song and accompanied motion.

The Mississippi Mass Choir can be traced back to 1988 when a man named Frank Delano Williams formed the collective. Williams was a member of the gospel group The Jackson Southernaires, who enjoyed national success during the 1970s and 1980s. He had a partnership with Malaco Records during his time with that group, and while working as director of gospel promotions, decided on the creation of a statewide mass choir. To date, the choir counts 230 members, has performed in 40 states and numerous countries, and is the only choir to perform on location at the Grecian Acropolis. It also boasts 10 albums among its many accolades. — Mike McDonald

WINNER: Best Gospel Artist/Group

Address: facebook.com/tmmc1

Phone number: mmcsingers@gmail.com

 
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