BET Presents the ‘Best Church Choir In America’

May 30th, 2009 by Black Gospel Choir

HOW SWEET THE SOUND, a documentary produced by, tells the story of talented gospel choirs from coast to coast competing in Verizon Wireless’ How Sweet the Sound — a series of regional competitions in major U.S. cities — all culminating in a roof-raising, powerhouse grand finale competition in Atlanta. One by one, each choir will take the stage for the ultimate quest of being named the “Best Church Choir in America.” The one-hour special, premiering Sunday, May 31, at 11:00 a.m.* on BET, features choir members sharing how they provided support and inspiration for each other and how love, faith, commitment and determination allowed them to overcome the hurdles in their lives.

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Al Green’s Full Gospel Tabernacle Church

May 26th, 2009 by Black Gospel Choir


While Green reports his conversion happened after a visit to Disneyland, local rumors link his conversion to an incident reminiscent of the death of Henry IV, involving an adolescent boy, and bathtub, an angry woman, and a pot of hot grits (a.k.a. “Memphis Napalm”).

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Eugene Smith, 1921-2009

May 18th, 2009 by Black Gospel Choir

Gospel music pioneer and performer

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Smith sang with the Roberta Martin Singers from the group’s inception until it disbanded after Martin’s death in 1969. As Smith termed his relationship with Martin in a 1981 interview for the Smithsonian, he and Martin “went together like bacon and eggs.” Smith was known for his distinct baritone/tenor register, his unique delivery of songs which influenced the styles of other gospel singers such as Professor Alex Bradford and Rev. James Cleveland, and his trademark narration and sermonettes which would often stir worshippers in a frenzied ecstasy. a celebrity among churchgoers on the South Side of Chicago and a national influence on generations of gospel singers, died in Chicago, where he lived his entire life. He was 88.
Divorced, he is survived by a son, Eugene Smith Jr., and a sister, Scottise Saunders.

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History – Thurgood Marshall

May 4th, 2009 by Black Gospel Choir


Thurgood Marshall (July 2, 1908 – January 24, 1993) was an American jurist and the first African American to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States. Before becoming a judge, he was a lawyer who was best remembered for his high success rate in arguing before the Supreme Court and for the victory in Brown v. Board of Education. He was nominated to the court by President Lyndon Johnson in 1967.

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