Malaco Headlines: Jackson Southernaires Sign To Marxan


Volume II, Issue 16


Lorain, OH, October 31, 2005-Marxan Records, home to The Christianaires, Shadonna, Charles Woolfork, Leanne Faine and The Lumzy Sisters, to name a few,  have recently signed the legendary Jackson Southernaires to their roster. Their first release with the label is titled Reality and streets on November 8, 2005.
     The Jackson Southernaires were founded in 1940 by Frank Crisler, in Jackson, Mississippi. They quickly developed their own distinct style and were the first gospel group in the state to employ the use of  guitar, bass, drums and keyboards during a performance.  Their first recording contract was with Duke/Peacock in 1962, however it wasn’t long before Malaco scooped them up and the group enjoyed nineteen top ten albums with the label, four of them number one hits.
     This innovative group also hosted and produced their own Sunday morning radio program for forty three years and hosted their own television program, “Gospel Unlimited,” from 1973-1978. They have been honored with awards at both the Gospel Music Workshop of America and the Stellars and received a 1991 Grammy nomination for the album Thank You, Mama.
     In 1999, the Jackson Southernaires were inducted into the International Gospel Music Hall of Fame in Detroit, MI, and in 2002, they were inducted into the Mississippi Music Hall of Fame.


Huey Williams, brother to the famous Williams Brothers (Blackberry Records) and Frank Williams (Malaco Records), is one of the original five members of the innovative group, The Jackson Southernaires. The other four original members are: Roger Bryant, Jr., Maurice Surrell, James Burks and Luther Jennings. Frank Williams, Huey’s brother, later joined the group which then signed to Malaco Records, becoming the first gospel quartet to join the label. Eventually Frank left the group and became the Director of Gospel Operations for Malaco, producing virtually every gospel release until his untimely death in 1993. He was also the visionary and founding  director for the internationally renowned and award-winning Mississippi Mass Choir, Malaco Records’ signature choir.


9 of the TOP GOSPEL ALBUMS by Jackson Southernaires
Made in Mississippi
Lord We Need Your Blessings
Hear Our Prayers O Lord
On The Third Day
Thank You Mama
Power Packed
Live & Anointed
Word in Song
Greatest Hits
Each of these albums
is a Malaco Records project and reached   TOP TEN status.

Malaco Headlines: Gospel Radio Embraces Malaco Artists


Volume II, Issue 15

October 27, 2005


Jackson, MS, October 27-Mediaguide provides radio airplay information throughout the world and monitors nearly 2,500 gospel radio stations in two hundred of the largest markets nationwide. During the week of October 10, 2005, Gospel Truth Magazine presented the Top 40 Gospel Indie Radio Airplay Chart which was comprised of nine Malaco Music Group singles, making up nearly twenty-five percent of the list. The list is as follows:

#4: The Mississippi Mass Choir, “I’m Not Tired Yet,”  Not By Power, Nor By Might, Malaco, Weeks on: 26
#5: Dottie Peoples, “He Said It,” Live in Memphis, Atlanta International Records, Weeks on: 18
#20: Anderson Sanctuary Choir, “Lord I Thank You,” Joyful Praise, Malaco, Weeks on: 29
#24: The Mississippi Mass Choir, “One More Day,” Not By Power, Nor By Might, Malaco, Weeks on: 1
#27: The Williams Brothers, “Still Here,” Still Here, Blackberry, Weeks on: 24
#31: Shadrach, “I Promise,” I Won’t Worry No More, Juana, Weeks on: 13
#33: Luther Barnes & The Red Budd Gospel Choir, “Somehow, Someway,” Somehow, Someway, Atlanta, Weeks on: 1
#36: The Williams Brothers, “God’s Been Good To Me,” Blackberry, Weeks on: 13
#38: Pastor Bruce Parham, “Hide Me,” Hide Me, Savoy, Weeks on: 6

For more information on Media Guide contact or call: 877-682-7260



Columbia, SC, October 26, 2005-Bryan Wilson and friend Brandis Francis were injured in a car accident Wednesday morning, October 26, in Columbia, South Carolina. Neither were critically injured, though they are undergoing tests.

Bryan Wilson is an Honor Graduate of Claflin University, South Carolina, and won a scholarship to Princeton University. He is currently serving as an assistant pastor with Feast of the Lord Ministries in South Carolina.

Wilson is well known in the gospel community for his early recordings with Malaco Records, singing a solo at age thirteen, “His Eye is on the Sparrow” with The Mississippi Children’s Choir, on their 1995 release, New Creation. This performance earned him wide recognition and a permanent place in the hearts of gospel music lovers.  After completing his first solo work at age fourteen, Bryan’s Songs, he took a brief hiatus to finish school and then, at eighteen, recorded his sophomore release, Bryan Wilson: Growing Up, also with Malaco Records.


10/26 Last Week Weeks on Artist Song/Album Label
9 7 27 Mississippi Mass Choir “I’m Not Tired Yet”/Not By Power, Nor By MightMalaco


10/26 Last Week Two Weeks  Weeks on Artist Title Label Peak
19 16 18 35 Mississippi Mass Choir, Not By Power, Nor By Might, Malaco 3
29 25 27 13 Lee Williams & Spiritual QCs, Tell The Angels: Live in Memphis, MCG 5
31 34 34 27 Shadrach, I Won't Worry No More, Juana Praise 17
50 48 44 97 Williams Brothers, Still Here, Blackberry 15

Mississippi Gospel Artists Raise $300,000+


October 18, 2005

Contact: Jenny Rogers
Phone: (615) 477-4849


Jackson, MS. October 18, 2005-On the evening of Friday, October 14, 2005, an unprecedented number of legendary gospel music artists from the state of Mississippi joined forces to raise funds for victims of hurricane Katrina. The concert, a free event, was attended by over 4,000 attendees who were treated to a phenomenal gospel music experience and gave donations topping $300,000. The event, called The Brother’s and Sister’s Keepers Concert, was hosted by Jeff Majors of TV-One Gospel of Music.

Corporate donors topped event organizers expectations and donations included $250,000 cash from Darden Restaurants (Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Smokey Bones, Bahama Breeze), delivered by CEO Clarence Otis with $10,000 in Red Lobster coupons and $25,000 presented by Bishop Noel Jones of The City of Refuge Ministries in Los Angeles. Other sizeable donations were given by TV-One/Time Warner Cable, Malaco Music Group, Willie Wilson of Singsation, and The Christianaires.

Organizers Doug and Melvin Williams (The Williams Brothers) and Jerry Mannery (Malaco Music Group) were amazed by the willingness of artists, media, and corporations to answer the call to serve and support the cause, stating that it only took one call for sponsors and participants to climb on board with gifts and services. These sponsors include: Greater Bethlehem Temple (host church/concert venue), Hallelujah FM and Praise 105.9 radio, Darden Restaurants, TV-One, and artists: The Williams Brothers, The Mississippi Mass Choir, Lee Williams and The Spiritual QC’s, The Canton Spirituals, The Jackson Southernaires, The Christianaires, DA Minista, Anderson Sanctuary Choir, and Shadrach.

Ninety-nine percent of the event proceeds will be donated to organizations working directly with the victims of hurricane Katrina.


Mississippi Mass Headlines With Major Artists on MSNBC For Hurricane Relief


September 29, 2005

Contact: Jenny Rogers
Phone: (615) 477-4849




Jackson, MS. September 29, 2005-Malaco Records’ Grammy-winning Mississippi Mass Choir has been invited to sing on a nationally televised, star-studded gala, fundraising concert in support of the Mississippi Hurricane Recovery Fund. The event, called Mississippi Rising, will be held in Oxford, Mississippi on the campus of the University of Mississippi and features a growing list of celebrities including native Mississippians, Morgan Freeman, Archie and Eli Manning, John Grisham, Brett Favre and Sela Ward, who are co-chairs for the evening. Mississippi Rising will be broadcast live October 1st, 2005, by MSNBC, local television stations throughout Mississippi and Louisiana, Mississippi Public Television and several local and regional radio stations.

The Mississippi Hurricane Recovery Fund is a non –profit organization established to serve as a means for corporations, organizations, and individuals to donate money, goods and services to help Mississippians rebuild their communities. The event producers are native Mississippians Sam Haskell, III, former worldwide Head of Television for The William Morris Agency and producer of Stars Over Mississippi and Lanny Griffith, CEO of Washington, DC based lobbying firm Barbour, Griffith, & Rogers, LLC, which was founded in 1991 by Haley Barbour. The costs of the event are being underwritten by a generous contribution to the Mississippi Hurricane Recovery Fund by United Health Group Foundation in Minnesota. Corporate sponsorships are being solicited by a national finance team, and all proceeds will go to the Fund ( or a similar fund in Louisiana administered by Foundations for Recovery, The Hurricane Katrina New Orleans Recovery Fund (

Tickets are on sale through the University of Mississippi Athletic Department, 888-732-8587 or 662-915-7167.

Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour and members of the Mississippi Congressional delegation will attend and participate in the program as well as the following confirmed entertainers and celebrities:
The Mississippi Mass Choir
Faith Hill
Morgan Freeman
Ray Romano
Whoopi Goldberg
Jason Alexander
Sela Ward
Marilu Henner
Kathie Lee Gifford
Kathy Ireland
Lance Bass
Delta Burke
Gerald McRaney
Jean Smart
Debbie Allen
Doris Roberts
Mary Haskell
Gary Morris
Marilyn McCoo
Billy Davis, Jr.
Steve Azar
Hugh Laurie
Bernadette Peters
Brian McKnight
Deidra Hall
Alison Sweeney
Peter Reckell
Kristian Alfonso
Greg Rikaart
Melody Thomas Scott
Michelle Stafford
Mary Ann Mobley
Gary Collins
Guy Hovis
Gary Grubbs
Jill Conner Brown
Kristian Dambrino
Gail Pittman
Cat Cora

Mississippi Artists Unite for Hurricane Relief


 September 19, 2005

Contact: Jenny Rogers
Phone: (615) 477-4849


Jackson, MS. September 19, 2005-Gospel artists native to Mississippi are staging a musical event to raise funds for victims of Hurricane Katrina. Dubbed the “Brother’s and Sister’s Keepers Concert” artists confirmed for the event are donating their time and talent to this cause and will take place on October 14, 2005 at 7:00 p.m. at the Greater Bethlehem Temple Apostolic Faith Church, 1505 Robinson Road, Jackson, MS and admission is free.

Regarding the free admission price, Doug Williams of The Williams Brothers challenged concert-goers, “Let us all remember that this concert is about raising money to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Therefore, I challenge every person who really wants to be a blessing that night and not just come to receive a blessing, to bring a minimum donation of twenty dollars.” He then promised that those doing so would be blessed by God.

The evening’s roster includes a stellar line-up, including many names associated with the Malaco Music Group in some form. Artists include: The Mississippi Mass Choir, The Williams Brothers, The Canton Spirituals, Lee Williams and The Spiritual QCs, The Jackson Southernaires, The Christianaires, The Anderson Sanctuary Choir, Eddie Ruth Bradford, and Greater Bethlehem Temple Radio Choir. The combined experience of these legendary artists and newcomers spans decades and for these critically acclaimed artists to be sharing the stage, this concert promises to be a memorable historical event.


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