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Sounds Of Blackness

Sounds of Blackness, a 40-person choir and ten-piece orchestra led by Gary Hines, combined traditional African music with urban soul to become one of the most distinctive and popular contemporary gospel groups. Over the course of their career, the group won many awards, from organizations as diverse as the Grammies and the NAACP.

Russel Knight formed the group that would prove to be the origins of Sounds of Blackness in 1969 at St. Paul, Minnesota's Macalester College. It wasn't until 1971, when Gary Hines was hired as their musical director, that the group developed its own identity. Hines opened the group up to the entire community and expanded their musical scope to concentrate on all aspects of black music. He designed the group as a way to embrace all manners of African-American music and create rich, diverse music to celebrate God and the human spirit, as well as to make social statements. With their new direction in mind, the group renamed themselves Sounds of Blackness.

For the first decade and a half of the group's existence, Sounds of Blackness primarily played around Minneapolis, often opening for acts as diverse as the Jackson 5 and Hampton Hawes. They frequently released their own records, which helped them strengthen their local following. Partially by choice, Sounds of Blackness remained a regional attraction until 1989, when Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, the hot Minneapolis-based production team, brought Janet Jackson to one of their concerts. Jackson's enthusiastic response inspired Jam & Lewis, who were already in negotiations with Sounds of Blackness, to sign the group to Perspective/A&M immediately. Before the Perspective deal, any major label interested in the Sounds of Blackness had asked the group to streamline their sound to include only gospel or R&B, or asked them to change their name to Sounds of Music; it wasn't until Perspective that they were allowed to keep their style and sound intact.

The group's national debut album, The Evolution of Gospel, was largely produced by Jam & Lewis and received strong reviews. The pair produced the group's next two records, 1992's The Night Before Christmas (A Musical Fantasy) and 1994's Africa to America: The Journey of the Drum, as well. All of the Sounds of Blackness' first three records were successful, earning strong reviews and sales, plus several awards. Their success meant that the group could branch out on Time for Healing, which was released in May 1997. Time for Healing was the first self-produced Sounds of Blackness album, featuring heavy contributions from assistant director Billy Steele and bandleader Levi Seacer. The group followed it with Reconciliation in 1999, and landed a gig at the White House that New Year's Eve. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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Let it be known.
To an adversary.
BLACK. . IS. NOT. A. COLOR!!!!!!! ! ! - - ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
recognize this. People of humanity.
DON'T EVER, EVER, EVER GIVE UP, GOD HAS YOU. EVERYTHING WILL WORK OUT FOR HIS GOOD. KEEP GIVING GOD ALL OF YOUR PRAISES. AMEN
punkin30331
Yes, lord....chan g e is coming. This is my favorite song
Hold on time for a change!
**** SOUNDS OF BLACKNESS ****
(( Awesome ))
Hold on I no a change is coming bless God to highest praise.
boost1234.bm
I like this because l know God hasn't left me beautiful song
I'm holding on because I know God hasn't left me....beauti f u l song!!!!!
Love this song! Yes a change is coming thank you Lord!!
clteller4
Indeed, hold on....change is COMING!!.... A m e n . . .
Like this song ,keep ur head up Amen !!!
Thank you Abba for this group! This is one of the most powerful songs I have heard!
I'm holding on.......
I'm holding on... a change is coming . Patiently
I believe
Good songy
aqilalim21 Every since my first encounter with this song I've been able to endure no matter what may come , I hold on cause I know a change is coming .
Don't Read This because it actually works. you will be Kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in two days. Now you reading so don't stop. This so scary put this on at least on 5 songs in 143 minutes. when done press F6 and your lovers name will come on screen in big letters. this is so scary it actually works.
Don't Read This because it actually works. you will be Kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life.
Yes it is!!!!
The more I tried 2 pull away, the more tightly
God held on 2 me.......... & now I know what hope is.
THANK U, FATHER!!!!! :-) :-) :-) :-)
praise jesus always in every thing we do jesus lives forever and we will live with our savior one day soon
I know thats right....cha n g e is coming!! This is the season....ch a n g e d hearts changed minds...chan g e d lives!!
greglanghorn
Know we are an illuminated people and this group's music confirms it. Happy Mother's Day to all the North American African sisters.
Happy Mother's Day 2014 Everyone Enjoy spread Love, Joy and most of all Peace Be Stil Amen.
Child of god that is a true song. No body but god
Love this song God is good
That's true Love Yes it is.
Change is here don't miss it stay focused on him the great i am.
Change is truly come
Enjoy this beautiful season everyone don't miss it stay focused.
p.greer22
Thank ya'll for being yourselves:) ! ! ! I appreciate your music! Be blessed.
The Lord makes all thing's new it's spring time new birthing season.
Amen to that God is leading just keep walking in him marvellous light.
I love you jesus!!!!!!
This song is telling the truth change is coming . . .
R I P ROGER,
I really like this song
I love this song
I Love the William Brothers
I love this song..... Sing it in the shower and in my sleep..... Very uplifting song when you are feeling down and depressed...
Yes Hold On!!!
Yesss
We sure do miss the ones. Who once.
Told us. The words of this 'JOINT'!!!!!
Faith. Is all you need. In. Him
I really love this song
Wish we had heard more of them back in the day
amen
HEEEEEY!- IM JUST REAL!- MY change come from day to day!!!- Im human!- Give us this day our Daily Bread!!!-Lov e This Song!!!-Tomm o r r o w will take care of itself!!!
I remember this song when I was little and I just liked the beat of the song when I was little. Now i am 22 years old and this song has more meaning to me now than it did when I first heard it. I'm in college now and it gets rough every once in a while but I am still holding on and I know a change is comin. God bless!!!!!!!
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