Sounds Of Blackness

Sounds Of Blackness

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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 Knighton formed the group, The Macalester College Black Chores, that would prove to be the origins of Sounds of Blackness in 1969 at St. Paul, Minnesota's Macalester College. In 1971, Gary Hines was hired as their musical director and the group began developed its own identity. They opened the group up to the entire community and expanded their musical scope to concentrate on all aspects of black music. They 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 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 & 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 Records/A&M Records immediately. Before the Perspective deal, any major label interested in the Sounds Of Blackness 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.
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Sounds Of Blackness Discography

Albums

S80-719-35765 Sounds Of Blackness Images Of Blackness(LP) Sound 80 S80-719-35765 USA & Canada 1974 Sell This Version
none Sounds Of Blackness Images II(LP, Album) Not On Label none US 1975 Sell This Version
Sounds Of Blackness The Night Before Christmas - A Musical Fantasy (Album) ASI Records US 1978 Sell This Version
Sounds Of Blackness The Evolution Of Gospel (Album) Perspective Records Netherlands 1991 Sell This Version
Sounds Of Blackness Africa To America; The Journey Of The Drum (Album) Perspective Records UK & Europe 1994 Sell This Version
POCM-1134 Sounds Of Blackness Remix Collection: Journey Of The Drum(CD, Album) Polydor POCM-1134 Japan 1995 Sell This Version
Sounds Of Blackness Time For Healing (Album) Perspective Records US 1997 Sell This Version
Sounds Of Blackness Reconciliation (Album) Zinc Records US 1999 Sell This Version
54693 Sounds of Blackness Unity(CD, Album) Lightyear Entertainment 54693 US 2005 Sell This Version
ATKSOB-11021 Sounds Of Blackness Kings & Queens / Message Music From The Movement(CD) Atomic K Records ATKSOB-11021 US 2007 Sell This Version
MCD6040 The Sounds Of Blackness* The Sounds Of Blackness(CD, Album) Malaco Records MCD6040 US 2011 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

The Sounds Of Blackness* Testify (Maxi, Single) Perspective Records US 1991 Sell This Version
Sounds Of Blackness The Pressure (Pt. 1) (Single, Maxi) Perspective Records US 1991 Sell This Version
Sounds Of Blackness Optimistic (Maxi, Single) Perspective Records UK 1991 Sell This Version
AMDJ093091 Ce Ce Peniston / Sounds Of Blackness Ce Ce Peniston / Sounds Of Blackness - Finally / The Pressure Pt.1(12", Promo) A&M Records AMDJ093091 1991 Sell This Version
AMDJ 061091 Sounds Of Blackness / Amy Grant Sounds Of Blackness / Amy Grant - Optimistic / Every Heartbeat(12", Promo) A&M Records AMDJ 061091 US 1991 Sell This Version
Sounds Of Blackness Soul Holidays / Joy (Single) Perspective Records, Columbia Pictures UK 1992 Sell This Version
Sounds Of Blackness Optimistic / Testify (Single) Perspective Records UK 1992 Sell This Version
Sounds Of Blackness Joy (Single) Perspective Records US 1992 Sell This Version
The Sounds Of Blackness* I'm Going All The Way (Single, Maxi) Perspective Records, A&M PM UK 1993 Sell This Version
HARD 1 Sounds Of Blackness The Harder They Are The Bigger They Fall (E-Smoove Remixes)(12", Promo) A&M PM, A&M Records, Perspective Records HARD 1 UK 1993 Sell This Version
Sounds Of Blackness Everything Is Gonna Be Alright (Single, Maxi) A&M Records, Perspective Records, A&M PM US 1994 Sell This Version
Sounds Of Blackness Black Butterfly (Maxi) Perspective Records US 1994 Sell This Version
Daryl Hall And Sounds Of Blackness Daryl Hall And Sounds Of Blackness - Gloryland - The Official Theme Song Of WorldCup USA 94 (Maxi, Single) Mercury 1994 Sell This Version
Sounds Of Blackness I Believe (Single, Maxi) Perspective Records US 1994 Sell This Version