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Sunday Sounds – London Community Gospel Choir

Largely recognised as the pioneers of Gospel music in the UK, The London Community Gospel Choir was founded in 1982 by the Reverend Bazil Meade with the assistance of Lawrence Johnson, Delroy Powell and John Francis.

Initially the idea was to stage a one-off concert. The 120-strong choir concert was staged before an audience of more than a thousand and what started as a one-off event soon matured into a legacy of 25 years travelling and performing worldwide. Currently the choirs membership is some 35 members.

Meade explains: “We were formed from those who were passionate about their faith and were willing to take gospel music into venues that many churches at that time dared not enter.”

The success of the evening at Kensington Temple led to enquiries for appearances in television, radio and various corporate functions across the UK and Europe. The choirs debut television performance on Channel Four’s ‘Black On Black’ proved a resounding success and led to calls from popular artists for Musicians and Singers.

They recorded a version of the OutKast hit “Hey Ya!” with Razorlight (the B-side to their single “Vice”), featured on Will Young’s debut album, From Now On, and sang on Blur’s hit, “Tender”. They also provided backing vocals on the Erasure self-titled album Erasure (1995) and throughout the Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds (2005) double album Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus. They also performed in the songs Don’t Get Lost in Heaven and Demon Days on the Gorillaz’ Demon Days album. The choir has also recorded with Paul McCartney, Elton John, Westlife, Tori Amos and Madonna. They gained a worldwide audience as the backing choir turned out head-to-toe in white for Madonna’s Live 8 performance of her hit single Like A Prayer.

This year they have released an album “Glorious” which is targeted at the coffee table religous set, cashing in on the Katherine Jenkins market.

Don’t let that put you off as if you like the sounds of Mahalia Jackson then you may find some interest in this, though me I’ll stick with Mahalia.

This song must be the most covered in recent times

“Hallelujah” – The London Community Gospel Choir

To buy the music of the London Community Gospel Choir click HERE

April 11, 2010 Posted by | Gospel, New Music, Old Music, Video | , | Leave a comment


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