Sounds Of Blackness
|Genres:||Christian & Gospel Holiday & Seasonal R&B / Soul|
|Tags:||gospel soul funk house sounds of blackness|
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Led by bodybuilder Gary Hines, a former Mr. Minnesota, Sounds Of Blackness is a US gospel/soul 40-piece choir whose work has crossed over to the R&B and dance music charts. Stranger still, perhaps, is the fact that the choir broke through so late in their career; they were 20 years old as an outfit when they came to prominence in 1991. Hines took them over from their original incarnation as the Malcalaster College Black Choir in January 1971, running the group on a strict ethical code of professional practices. The rulebook is sustained by the long waiting list of aspiring members, and Hines self-appointed role as benevolent dictator. They first made the charts under the aegis of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, who had spotted the group and used them for backing vocals on their productions for Alexander ONeal. The celebrated production duo, who had been advised to sign the choir on the advice of their major client Janet Jackson, used Sounds...