The Mississippi Mass Choir is an American gospel choir based in Jackson, Mississippi.

Musical career


After wrestling with the idea of forming a mass choir, 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 Mississippi talents like David R. Curry Jr., 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 were 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. 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. 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.
Three albums were released since Williams' passing, I'll See You in Rapture, Praise the Lord, and Emmanuel (God With Us). Jerry Mannery, Executive Director of the choir, states, “We are all about our Father’s business. We are not entertainers, we are ministers for Christ. Our mission remains constant; to serve the Lord and spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”
The choir has ministered in song in over 40 states within the USA, including Alaska. They have traveled to Japan, Italy, Spain, Bahamas, and Greece; becoming the first gospel group to perform at the Acropolis. While attending the Umbria Jazz Gospel and Soul Easter Festival in Terni, Italy, the choir was invited to sing for Pope John Paul II at his summer residence.
The Mississippi Mass Choir recorded their ninth album and live recording for their 20th Anniversary in June 19, 2009 before 4500 people at the First Baptist Church Jackson
The Mississippi Mass Choir released their ninth live album, Then Sings My Soul, on February 1, 2011.
In 2009 The Mississippi Mass Choir celebrated its 20th anniversary with the release of The First Twenty Year, a compilation DVD and CD of songs recorded over the years, and interviews with choir members.
On December 8–26, 2010, the choir made a fourteen city tour of Spain and the Canary Islands. According to concert promoter Luis Manjarres, “Since their first Spanish tour, Mississippi Mass Choir has become a classic of the European and the Spanish Christmas. They will showcase their talent in the main venues of Barcelona, Madrid, San Sebastian, Bilbao, Pamplona, Gijon, and Vigo. This tour of fourteen concerts will culminate on Christmas night, in the wonderful city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife at the Canary Islands, in a very special event with the 92 piece Tenerife Symphonic Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Lu Jia. Mississippi Mass Choir will be the first African American choir to perform with a European Symphonic Orchestra before an audience of 20,000. It is the time for Mississippi Mass Choir…It is the time for Classic Gospel.”
In October 2013 The Mississippi Mass Choir commemorate their 25th anniversary by recording their 10th "LIVE" album in front of a sold out crown in Jackson, MS. On April 11, 2014, the choir released their new single "God's On Your Side" featuring Sunday Best Winner Le'Andria Johnson and Stan Jones. The album was released in June 2014. The choir the begin a 10 city tour and 13 cities Spain tour.
The Stellar Award-winning Mississippi Mass Choir is slated to join the ICAN Foundation in South Africa for the 2011 National Youth Day Celebration. The choir will present various concerts around the country during their visit. This tour will be the choir's first visit to the African continent.
On Wednesday January 11, 2017, the choir was featured on an episode of ABC's Show Black.ish.

Discography

The First Twenty Years 2010

References

When Praises Go Up Blessings Come Down When Praises Go Up Blessings Come Down - Mississippi Mass Choir

Your Grace and Mercy Your Grace and Mercy - Mississippi Mass Choir

Lift Him Up Lift Him Up - Mississippi Mass Choir

By Grace By Grace - Mississippi Mass Choir

It Was Worth It All It Was Worth It All - Mississippi Mass Choir

I Get Excited I Get Excited - Mississippi Mass Choir

My God Said It My God Said It - Mississippi Mass Choir

A City Built Foursquare A City Built Foursquare - Mississippi Mass Choir

There Is None Like Him There Is None Like Him - Mississippi Mass Choir

Victory In Jesus Victory In Jesus - Mississippi Mass Choir

The Next Time, Will Be The First Time The Next Time, Will Be The First Time - Mississippi Mass Choir

Emmanuel Emmanuel - Mississippi Mass Choir

What a Friend We Have in Jesus What a Friend We Have in Jesus - Mississippi Mass Choir

You Brought Me You Brought Me - Mississippi Mass Choir

I Won't Turn Back I Won't Turn Back - Mississippi Mass Choir

Wise Men Still Seek Him Wise Men Still Seek Him - Mississippi Mass Choir

It Remains to Be Seen It Remains to Be Seen - Mississippi Mass Choir

Psalm 34 Psalm 34 - Mississippi Mass Choir

Trust In The Lord Trust In The Lord - Mississippi Mass Choir

Be Still Be Still - Mississippi Mass Choir

Victory Shall Be Mine Victory Shall Be Mine - Mississippi Mass Choir

Thank You for My Mansion Thank You for My Mansion - Mississippi Mass Choir

He's Coming Back He's Coming Back - Mississippi Mass Choir

If I Be Lifted Up If I Be Lifted Up - Mississippi Mass Choir

Lord You're Holy Lord You're Holy - Mississippi Mass Choir

God Gets the Glory God Gets the Glory - Mississippi Mass Choir

It Wasn't the Nails It Wasn't the Nails - Mississippi Mass Choir

Amazing Love Amazing Love - Mississippi Mass Choir

Saved Saved - Mississippi Mass Choir

I'll See You In the Rapture I'll See You In the Rapture - Mississippi Mass Choir

Throne Room Throne Room - Mississippi Mass Choir

They Got the Word They Got the Word - Mississippi Mass Choir

Hold On Old Soldier Hold On Old Soldier - Mississippi Mass Choir

Unfailing Love Unfailing Love - Mississippi Mass Choir

I'm Still Here I'm Still Here - Mississippi Mass Choir

When Praises Go Up When Praises Go Up - Mississippi Mass Choir

Put Your Trust In Jesus Put Your Trust In Jesus - Mississippi Mass Choir

One More Day One More Day - Mississippi Mass Choir

He Can Fix What Is Broke He Can Fix What Is Broke - Mississippi Mass Choir

What Shall I Render What Shall I Render - Mississippi Mass Choir

Holding On (And I Won't Let Go My Faith) Holding On (And I Won't Let Go My Faith) - Mississippi Mass Choir

Lord I Thank You Lord I Thank You - Mississippi Mass Choir

Call Him Up, Pt. 2 Call Him Up, Pt. 2 - Mississippi Mass Choir

We Praise You We Praise You - Mississippi Mass Choir

God Made Me God Made Me - Mississippi Mass Choir

Having You There Having You There - Mississippi Mass Choir

Thank You Jesus Thank You Jesus - Mississippi Mass Choir

Near the Cross Near the Cross - Mississippi Mass Choir

The Lord Shall Reign The Lord Shall Reign - Mississippi Mass Choir

Come Let Us Adore Him Come Let Us Adore Him - Mississippi Mass Choir

When I Rose This Morning When I Rose This Morning - Mississippi Mass Choir

It's Good to Know Jesus It's Good to Know Jesus - Mississippi Mass Choir

Lord We Thank You Lord We Thank You - Mississippi Mass Choir

Jesus Is Your Friend Jesus Is Your Friend - Mississippi Mass Choir

A Place Called There A Place Called There - Mississippi Mass Choir

Jesus Paid It All Jesus Paid It All - Mississippi Mass Choir

I'm Pressing On I'm Pressing On - Mississippi Mass Choir

But By My Spirit But By My Spirit - Mississippi Mass Choir

God Is Keeping Me God Is Keeping Me - Mississippi Mass Choir

God Has a Chosen People God Has a Chosen People - Mississippi Mass Choir

Go Tell It on the Mountain Go Tell It on the Mountain - Mississippi Mass Choir

Keep Oil In Your Lamp Keep Oil In Your Lamp - Mississippi Mass Choir

I'm Not Tired Yet I'm Not Tired Yet - Mississippi Mass Choir

He's A Shelter He's A Shelter - Mississippi Mass Choir

He'll Make a Way He'll Make a Way - Mississippi Mass Choir

When God's Children Get Together When God's Children Get Together - Mississippi Mass Choir

He Didn't Have To Do It He Didn't Have To Do It - Mississippi Mass Choir

Yes Yes - Mississippi Mass Choir

I Love To Praise Him I Love To Praise Him - Mississippi Mass Choir

The Promise The Promise - Mississippi Mass Choir

I Wanna Be Right I Wanna Be Right - Mississippi Mass Choir

Bless The Lord Bless The Lord - Mississippi Mass Choir

Only One Way Home Only One Way Home - Mississippi Mass Choir

A City Built Four Square Aka They Got The Word A City Built Four Square Aka They Got The Word - Mississippi Mass Choir

God's On Your Side God's On Your Side - Mississippi Mass Choir

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Albums & Songs

  • Your Grace and Mercy
  • Your Grace and Mercy
  • Your Grace and Mercy
  • It's Good To Know Jesus
  • It's Good To Know Jesus
  • It's Good To Know Jesus
  • When I Rose This Morning
  • When I Rose This Morning
  • When I Rose This Morning
  • Mind's Made Up
  • God's On Your Side (feat. Le'Andria Johnson & Stan Jones)
  • Waymaker
  • Just If I'd...(Justified)
  • I'll Stick With Jesus (feat. Bishop Neal Roberson)
  • Draw Me Nearer (feat. Lecresia Campbell)
  • Wait On the Lord
  • I Can See Victory (feat. Stan Jones)
  • Declaration of Dependence
  • I've Got Jesus
  • Speak It
  • I Am the Way
  • MMC (MAC) Band Praise
  • Bless the Lord
  • Amen
  • I Love to Praise Him
  • God Made Me
  • When Praises Go Up
  • We Remember
  • Trouble Don't Last
  • Forgive and Forget
  • I Will Survive
  • God Gets the Glory
  • We've Come to Praise the Lord
  • He'll Carry You
  • Don't Stop Praying
  • You Rescued Me
  • Lord, You're the Landlord
  • He Didn't Have to Do It
  • Thank You Jesus
  • I Can Make It
  • Near the Cross
  • Having You There
  • God Gets the Glory
  • It's Good to Know Jesus
  • Hold On Old Soldier
  • Your Grace and Mercy
  • It Wasn't the Nails
  • When I Rose This Morning
  • Jesus Paid It All
  • We Praise You
  • They Got the Word
  • It Was Worth It All
  • We See the Star
  • Joy to the World
  • O Holy Night
  • Wise Men Still Seek Him
  • Don't Take Christ Out of Christmas
  • Silent Night
  • Jesus, Oh What a Wonderful Child
  • Unfailing Love
  • Jesus Is Born
  • What Child Is This
  • Go Tell It On the Mountain
  • God's Gift
  • Just As I Am
  • Come All Ye Faithful
  • I Believe
  • 3 Pigs / Solid Rock
  • I Stepped Out
  • At Calvary
  • Get Thee Behind
  • No Request, Pt. 1
  • No Request, Pt. 2
  • Old School Blvd., Pt. 1
  • Old School Blvd., Pt. 2
  • Angel & Me
  • I Won
  • I Won (Reprise)
  • Didn't I Tell You
  • One More Day
  • God Is Keeping Me
  • The Next Time, Will Be the First Time
  • I'm Not Tired Yet
  • I'm Still Here
  • When We Get Up
  • Victory Shall Be Mine
  • If I Be Lifted Up
  • But By My Spirit
  • You Brought Me
  • A Place Called There
  • Thank You for My Mansion
  • It Was Worth It All
  • Come Let Us Adore Him
  • Lord Your Holy
  • I Get Excited
  • America the Beautiful
  • Lord I Thank You
  • Trust In the Lord
  • By Grace
  • Saved
  • My God Said It
  • Amazing Love
  • Holding On - And I Won't Let Go My Faith
  • We Give You All the Praise
  • A Widow's Love
  • Lord We Thank You
  • I Won't Turn Back
  • He's Able
  • All In His Hand
  • When God's Children Get Together
  • We Shall Meet Again
  • There Is None Like Him
  • We Praise You
  • God Has a Chosen People
  • Old Time Church
  • A City Built Four Square Aka They Got the Word
  • Emmanuel
  • The Lord Shall Reign
  • He Can Fix What Is Broke
  • Let Him Bless You
  • Be At Home Lord
  • Put Your Trust In Jesus
  • Throne Room
  • Psalm
  • God Cares for You
  • Jesus Is Your Friend
  • He'll Make a Way
  • Jesus, This Is Jim
  • When God's Children Get Together
  • I'll See You In the Rapture
  • Jesus Paid It All
  • God Has a Chosen People
  • Keep Oil In Your Lamp
  • Holy City
  • When I Rose This Morning
  • We Praise You
  • Brand New Life
  • He Welcomes Me
  • He's Coming Back
  • Pull the Wagon
  • Near the Cross
  • It's Good to Know Jesus
  • I Wanna Be Right
  • Having You There
  • Call Him Up
  • Thank You for My Mansion
  • Joy
  • I Just Can't Tell You
  • I Need Thee
  • It Wasn't the Nails
  • The Birds
  • It Remains to Be Seen
  • Victory In Jesus
  • He's Able
  • There Is None Like Him
  • Yes
  • I Get Excited
  • Hold On Old Soldiers
  • Your Grace and Mercy
  • It Wasn't the Nails
  • Why We Don't Rap / Amazing Grace
  • In Spite Of
  • Just Hold Up Your Hand / Pass Me Not
  • Mother's Unusual Prayer (feat. The Mississippi Mass Choir)
  • He Touched Me (feat. The Mississippi Mass Choir)
  • The Real Big C (feat. The Mississippi Mass Choir)
  • It's Hammertime (feat. The Mississippi Mass Choir)
  • He Walked, He Struck Out, He Hit a Home Run (feat. The Mississippi Mass Choir)
  • God Gets the Glory
  • He'll Be Right There
  • I Need Thee
  • It's Good to Know Jesus
  • It Came to Pass, Pt. 1
  • It Came to Pass, Pt. 2
  • I Won't Turn Back
  • What a Friend We Have In Jesus
  • What Shall I Render
  • God Will Fix It
  • Old Time Church
  • Be Still
  • The Lord Keeps Blessing Me, Pt. 1
  • The Lord Keeps Blessing Me, Pt. 2
  • The Indian
  • Call Him Up, Pt. 1
  • Call Him Up, Pt. 2
  • I Just Can't Tell You (How Good He's Been)
  • Near the Cross
  • Having You There
  • Lord We Thank You
  • I'm Pressing On
  • We Shall Meet Agian
  • Until He Comes
  • All In His Hands
  • The Birds