New single, “God’s On Your Side,” from iconic choir, The Mississippi Mass Choir (The Mass), is on sale today at iTunes. This is the first single off of the choir’s new album DECLARATION OF DEPENDENCE and features powerhouse vocalist, Le’Andria Johnson and producer extraordinaire Stan Jones.
“God’s On Your Side,” is a quintessential song of strength and encouragement with unparalleled vocals from Johnson.
Quickly approaching the Top 30 at radio, the song connects with old and new fans alike. Check out the video here: “God’s On Your Side”
In support of their new album, The Mass will be on tour this Summer on the McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour. The multi-city tour will make stops in 11 markets, including: Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Jackson, Los Angeles, Memphis, Newark, Oakland, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Raleigh.
Tour dates and locations include:
* May 22 – Philadelphia, Mount Airy COGIC
* May 23 – Washington, D.C., Ebenezer AME Church
* June 6 – Raleigh, Wake Chapel Church
* June 19 – Jackson, Greater Bethlehem Temple Church
* June 20 – Memphis, New Salem Baptist Church
* June 27 – Detroit, Greater Grace Temple
* June 28 – Chicago, Chicago Gospel Music Festival
* July 9 – Atlanta, Full Gospel Baptist Conference – Georgia World Congress Center
* July 24 – Los Angeles, City of Refuge Church
* July 25 – Oakland, Craneway Pavilion
The Mass is undoubtedly one of the most influential choirs of our generation. Making their mark in the late 80’s and 90’s, the choir is synonymous with gospel music. Rooted in tradition, the classic sound of The Mass is deeply comforting and conjures up memories of Sunday mornings. For years the choir has been a constant presence at the top of the Billboard charts, amassing numerous recognitions and awards while performing worldwide. There is no question to the Mississippi Mass Choir’s significance in gospel music.
The 250 + voice choir celebrate their 25th Anniversary with the new release that will rekindle the group’s former glory. Produced by Mississippi natives Stan Jones, Jerry Smith, David R. Curry Jr. and Jerry Mannery, DECLARATION OF DEPENDENCE breathes new life into this legendary choir.
DECLARATION OF DEPENDENCE was recorded live in Jackson MS at Thalia Mara Hall last year to a sold out crowd and is the choir’s first album in four years. DECLARATION OF DEPENDENCE offers new songs blending their tried and true sound with fresh, contemporary production.
The DECLARATION OF DEPENDENCE live CD and companion DVD will be released on June 3, 2014. The DVD includes a special tribute to Frank Williams, the group’s beloved executive director who passed in 1993. As part of the tribute, the Mass recorded a medley of some of their most famous songs including “Your Grace and Mercy,” “Having You There,” “Near The Cross,” “Just Can’t Tell You How Good He’s Been,” and “Lord We Praise You.”