26:56Hezekiah Walker & LFC
Gospel Choir is Gospel's cornerstone, and perhaps the most recognizable and beloved form of sacred song. It is a sonic portrait of Americana, from the urban streets of Harlem to the rural landscapes of the south. Full-voiced choirs singing and praising in harmony can almost seem to improvise as one, then cut loose on solos inspired enough to make even the most jaded soul contemplate a Higher Power. Gospel Choir's influence runs through the broader Gospel traditions' lengthy lineage like the River Jordan, touching on Mahalia Jackson's incendiary contralto on through the 1990s work of Kirk Franklin and the Family. Prominent Gospel Choirs come from all corners of the nation, and several have guested on recordings by superstar acts -- the New Voices of Freedom appeared on U2's 1988 LP Rattle And Hum -- bringing Gospel Choir's joyous affirmation to mass audiences across the globe.