GOSPEL SUNDAY

The Rance Allen Group feat. Kirk Franklin – Something About the Name Jesus

Wikipedia Says About

The Rance Allen Group is a gospel music group formed in Monroe, Michigan, and based in ToledoOhio.[1] The group’s incorporation of rock and soul into traditional gospel music prefigures the crossover success of such artists as Amy GrantAndrae Crouch, and The Winans.[1][2]

The Rance Allen Group was formed by vocalist, guitaristpianist, and songwriter Rance Allen (b. Monroe, Michigan) with his brothers Tom (drums) and Steve (bass guitar); another brother, Esau (percussionist), joined the group on an intermittent basis.[3]:256 During an appearance at a gospel talent contest in DetroitMichigan, they came to the attention of one of the judges, record promoter Dave Clark, who worked for Stax Records.[1][3]:255–256 The group was the first to be signed to the Stax imprint Gospel Truth, and they recorded for the Stax organization throughout the 1970s.[1][3]:256 In 1972, the group appeared in the documentary film Wattstax.[3]:270 Following this appearance, the group was named “Best Religious Group” by the National Association of Television and Radio Announcers (NATRA).[3]:272 David Porter co-produced the group’s 1975 album A Soulful Experience, for which he wrote an autobiographical song, “Just Found Me”.[3]:363

The group’s incorporation of rock and soul into traditional black gospel music prefigures the crossover success of such artists as Amy GrantAndrae Crouch, and The Winans.[1][2] In 1978, the group had a Top 30 R&B hit, “I Belong to You.”[2] The group released Miracle Worker in spring 2000.


 

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