Genres: Christian & Gospel
Decades: 1990s 2000s


A mixed-gender gospel trio masterminded by producers Mark Heimermann and Chris Harris, the Anointed’s sound blends traditional church-singing with pop and R&B nuances. Their broad appeal was confirmed in 1996 when singles from their third album were serviced by Myrrh Records not just to gospel, but also Contemporary Christian and R&B stations. The group originally comprised four singer-songwriters, all born in Ohio. Steve Crawford, his sister Da’dra Crawford-Greathouse, Mary Tiller and Denise ‘Nee-C’ Wallis began performing together in their home town of Columbus in the early 90s. They had soon secured a contract with the local independent label Brainstorm, at that time distributed by Word Records. Crawford-Greathouse, reflecting on the group’s debut, noted that ‘[it was] really heavy R&B gospel, because that was pretty much our surroundings growing up.’ They then switched to the Nashville-based gospel label Myrrh. The...

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