Gospel music has been around for decades. As time passed, the sound of gospel evolved. While gospel music stemmed from Jubilee Quartets, the genre was able to create its own styles: traditional, contemporary, quartet, and praise and worship. Gospel music has been a pivotal addition to Black culture and Black music.
The Mississippi Mass Choir is known to be one of the most influential choirs of the late 80s and 90s. They are apart of the traditional style of gospel. The choir originated in Jackson, MS and is composed of about 100 members. Their song “When I Rose This Morning” is one of their most popular songs.
The powerhouse choir was formed in 1988 by Frank Williams, who was an executive in the gospel division at Malaco Records. His vision and expectations for this choir led to many awards being won, including a Soul Train Award. Each of their recordings reached the highest position on the gospel charts.
The Mississippi Mass Choir paved the way for many Black gospel artists that came after them. Their sound influenced artists like Marvin Sapp and Kirk Franklin that rose to fame in the 90s and 2000s, during the contemporary style period. The choir has been around for more than 30 years and are still making hymns and compositions, while still staying the the range of traditional gospel.