Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Mississippi Mass Choir Set to Tour South Africa

The award winning Mississippi Mass Choir will once again “Go ye into all the world;” evangelizing in song; with a tour of South Africa. Hosted by the I Can Foundation, the tour will take place June 9-20th and included services in Johannesburg, New London, Hazyview, and Pretoria.

According to Dr. David Molapo, Chairman and Co-Founder of the I Can Foundation, “We are looking forward to hosting the world renowned Mississippi Mass Choir in the Motherland! Over the years their music has made an impact in the lives of many South Africans. We believe that this ministry tour will spread a message of hope and be life transforming for all involved.”

Fresh off of a fourteen city tour of Spain and the Canary islands, the choir has been blessed to grace international stages throughout the Bahamas, Japan, Italy, France, Portugal, and Greece; becoming the first Gospel group to perform at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, at the base of the iconic Acropolis in Athens, Greece. While attending the famed Umbria Jazz Gospel and Soul Easter Festival in Terni, Italy, the choir received an unexpected invite to sing for Pope John Paul II at his summer residence in Castelgandolfo.

Over their 23 year music ministry career, they have either won or received nominations for every industry award; including the Grammy, Stellar, Soul Train, Dove, National Association of Record Merchandisers, 3M Visionary, and Mississippi Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. On three occasions Billboard Magazine recognized them as Gospel Artist of the Year. The single “God Made Me” from their new release is currently in the “Top Ten” on the Billboard Gospel Song Chart. Arguably their crowning industry achievement came in 2010 at the 25th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards where they were awarded the “Thomas A. Dorsey Most Notable Achievement Award.”

You would think that after such a long and distinguished career, they would be resting on their laurels and enjoying the fruits of their labors. “Not so,” says Executive Director, Jerry Mannery, “We are scouting out new fields to till and sow seeds for the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

For more information visit: www.mississippimasschoir.com / www.facebook.com/tmmc1 / www.icanfound.org

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Mississippi Mass Choir – Welcome To The Top 10!!!

After 31 weeks on the BDS Billboard Hot Gospel Songs Charts, God Made Me” by the Mississippi Mass Choir grinds upward 1 space to enter into the Top 10 this week.

“God Made Me” has spent approximately 6 weeks prior at #12, 2 weeks at #11 before moving its way upward.

D.A. Johnson, Executive Director of the Malaco’s Gospel Division states, “I would like to congratulate my promotional team for their diligence and hard work. It’s immensely gratifying to see that in the midst of Contemporary giants in the marketplace, that there is still a place where a historic Traditional choir from Mississippi can still shine brightly and spread their powerful message of hope. Thank you Gospel radio and Urban radio stations that program Gospel music for your continued support of Malaco.”

“God Made Me” was penned by Jules Bartholomew who has written such hits for Hezekiah Walker and LFC as “Faithful Is Our God,” “Calling My Name,” and “God Favored Me.”

“God Made Me” is the song that offers “Daily Affirmations” to encourage and inspire everyday people while strengthening the faith of the believer.

“I’m A Conqueror, I’m Victorious, I Won’t Be Stopped. I’m A Believer, I’m An Achiever, I Won’t Be Blocked. God Made Me Who I Am”