Box Office - 05/13/2011 3 stars out of 5 -- "The filmmakers use film, stills and video footage from as far back as the late 1800s, some of which has never been seen or heard before. Some of the performances in the film are deeply affecting..."
New York Times - 06/03/2011
"Smokey Robinson, who introduces the film and offers its closing observations, sets its praiseworthy tone....[The film] snaps into focus once it begins relating a chronological history of a genre that evolved out of the fusion of plantation work songs and Christian hymns."
Entertainment Weekly - 06/17/2011
"Don McGlynn's gospel documentary takes a gratifyingly comprehensive look at an ecstatic American art form." -- Grade: A-
Chicago Sun-Times - 06/15/2011 3 stars out of 4 -- "[A] consistently entertaining documentary bringing together a remarkable variety of surviving performances on films and records, going back to circa 1900."
Los Angeles Times - 06/24/2011
"[V]ibrant and comprehensive....REJOICE provides both a melodic education and a once-in-a-lifetime concert in one soul-stirring package."
It's all but impossible to discuss African-American culture or America's musical heritage without talking about Gospel Music. Just as the church was an integral part of the African-American community from the time slaves were first brought to the colonies, music played a crucial role in their spiritual experience from the beginning, and as various forms of African and rural music coalesced into gospel, gospel in turn became the foundation that later spawned jazz, blues, soul and even rap. And gospel music became the stepping-stone into the spotlight for many of music most influential artists, who in turn helped bring new ideas into the gospel sound, keeping it fresh and innovative. Filmmaker Don McGlynn, who specializes in documentaries about American music, chronicles the history of African-American gospel music in the film REJOICE AND SHOUT, which reveals the true story of this powerful and influential musical form and the people who helped to make it great. REJOICE AND SHOUT received its world premiere at the 2010 South by Southwest Film Festival.
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