Mississippi Mass Choir

The Mississippi Mass Choir Fact Sheet
AWARDS/ACCOLADES

  • 9th Annual James Cleveland GMWA Excellence Awards - Choir of the Year, Contemporary

  • 9th Annual James Cleveland GMWA Excellence Awards - Best New Artist of the Year, Traditional

  • 1997 Grammy Award - Best Gospel Album by a Choir or Chorus, “I’ll See You in the Rapture”

  • 1997 Stellar Awards - Choir of the Year, “I’ll See You in the Rapture” / Traditional Choir of the Year, “I’ll See You in the Rapture”

  • 1994 National Association of Record Merchandisers (NARM) - Best Sellers Award

  • 1994 Stellar Awards - Traditional Choir of the Year / Traditional Album of the Year

  • 1994 Dove Award Nomination - Contemporary Black Gospel Recorded Song of the Year, “Your Grace and Mercy” from It Remains to be Seen

  • 1994 Soul Train Music Award - Best Gospel Artist

  • 1994 Billboard Magazine - Gospel Artist of the Year

  • 1994 3M Corporation - Innovation Award

  • 1994 Indie Award - Best Selling Gospel Album, “It Remains to be Seen”

  • 1993 Indie Award - Best Selling Gospel Album, “God Gets the Glory”

  • 1993 National Association of Record Merchandisers (NARM) - Best Sellers Award

  • 1992 Billboard Magazine - Gospel Artist of the Year

  • 1992 Billboard Magazine - Gospel Record of the Year, “God Gets the Glory”

  • 1992 3M Corporation - Innovation Award

  • 1992 Stellar Awards - Traditional Choir of the Year / Choir of the Year

  • 1992 Stellar Nominations - Album of the Year / Video of the Year

  • 1991 Album of the Year, Billboard - “Rev. James Moore, Live with the Mississippi Mass Choir”

  • 1991 National Association of Record Merchandisers (NARM) - Best Sellers Award

  • 1991 Indie Award - Best Selling Gospel Album, “The Mississippi Mass Choir, Live!”

  • 1990 Billboard Special Achievement Award - Recognizing debut album at #1, 45 consecutive weeks.

  • 1990 Billboard Magazine - Gospel Record of the Year, “The Mississippi Mass Choir, Live!”

  • 1990 Stellar Award - Album of the Year, “I’m Yours Lord”

  • 1990 Billboard Magazine - Gospel Artist of the Year

  • 1989 Stellar Awards - Choir of the Year / Album of the Year / Best New Artist / Best Gospel Video

  • 1989 Stellar Nomination - Song of the Year, “Near the Cross”


CHART HISTORY

  • 1997: I’ll See You in the Rapture - #2 on the Top Gospel Albums chart, more than 8 months

  • 1993: It Remains to be Seen - #1 album, Billboard Gospel Chart 52 weeks!! On charts for 83+ weeks

  • 1990: God Gets The Glory - #1 album, Billboard Gospel Chart

  • 1989: The Mississippi Mass Choir, Live! - #1 Spiritual album Billboard Gospel Chart

  • 1989: The Mississippi Mass Choir, Live! - #1 album, Cash Box Chart


VIDEO HISTORY

  • 1997: I’ll See You in the Rapture

  • 1990: God Gets the Glory

  • 1995: Live at Jackson State University w/ Rev. James Moore

  • 1988: The Mississippi Mass Choir, Live!

  • 1993: It Remains to be Seen


TELEVISION APPEARANCES

  • Bobby Jones Gospel

  • 1998 PBS ETV-River of Song

  • Stellar Awards 1989, 1991, 1994, 1997

  • The Today Show

  • CBS

  • BET-A Family Christmas


PRINT COVERAGE

  • Billboard Magazine

  • The Clarion-Ledger, Jackson, MS

  • Urban Family Magazine

  • Mississippi Magazine

  • Charisma

  • Impact Magazine

  • The Vicksburg Post

  • The Dallas Morning News

  • The Boston Globe Magazine

  • Southern Living

  • Gospel Today

  • Christian Retailing Magazine


TOUR HIGHLIGHTS


1997 - Christmas in Spain


1997 - World Tour


Highlights: Italy, Umbria Jazz Festival, Pope John Paul II, Easter


1996 - Athens, Greece, first Gospel Choir to perform at the Acropolis.


1994 - Nassau, Bahamas


1990,1993 - Japan


1989 - 15 State Tour, debut album


Through the years, the choir has toured in all but ten of the United States, including Alaska.


KUDOS


1990: Won the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, presented by Governor Ray Mabus
November 14, 1989 Proclaimed as Mississippi Mass Choir Day, Jackson, MS.


BIOGRAPHY

"Serving God Through Song" is the motto and the mission of The Mississippi Mass Choir. Although striving to succeed in the gospel music industry, the choir's purpose is to help establish the gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the world. Since its formation in 1988, the choir has won numerous honors and awards for its contributions to gospel music. The group has traveled extensively throughout the United States, toured Japan and appeared in Nassau, the Bahamas. When you consider the level of success enjoyed by this relatively novice group of singers, it becomes evident that serving the Lord pays off.


After wrestling with the idea of forming a mass choir for some time, Frank Williams, a member of The Jackson Southernaires and an executive in the gospel music division of Malaco Records, decided to form The Mississippi Mass Choir. First, he got the record company's support. Then he began calling on well-known Mississippi talents like David R. Curry, who became the choir's music director. Having the foundation laid, open auditions were held and more than 100 voices from across the state came together to form The Mississippi Mass Choir. After months of rehearsals, the choir recorded their first album and video The Mississippi Mass Choir Live on October 29, 1988.


In the spring of 1989, five weeks after their debut album was released, Billboard magazine certified it as the Number 1 Spiritual album in the country. The album stayed on the Billboard charts for a consecutive 45 weeks, setting a new record for gospel recordings. At the 9th annual James Cleveland GMWA Awards, the Mississippi Mass won the Choir of the Year-Contemporary, and Best New Artist of the Year-Traditional. They also walked away with four Stellar Awards in 1989 and nominated in several categories for the 1989 Soul Train Music Awards and Dove Awards.


The choir's next project God Gets The Glory, in 1990, debuted on the Billboard chart in the Number 16 position, reaching Number 1 position two weeks later. Many awards followed with the release of the album. One of the most treasured albums released by the choir was the one on January 1993; It Remains To Be Seen. It maintained the Number 1 position for twelve months and proved to be a mainstay for some time. The special part of the album is that it contains the last recorded performance of the choir's founder, Frank Williams, who died on March 22, 1993.


Through it all, the choir has maintained its humility, realizing all praise and honor belongs to the Lord.

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