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The legendary Rance Allen Group has earned two Stellar Awards (Gospel music’s answer to the Grammy Awards) for their latest CD, “The Live Experience II: Celebrating 40 Years of Music and Ministry” (Tyscot Records).  The group picked up awards in the categories of Quartet of the Year and Traditional Group/Duo of the Year. The ceremony will broadcast on The GMC Channel on February 11, 2012 @ 7: 00 PM EST. Visit www.watchgmctv.com for further information.

The live CD celebrates the group’s forty year career. It features two medleys of their past hits such as “Feel Like Going On,” “We Care A Lot” and “Smile.” It also features new songs such as the old school soul flavored “You That I Trust” and the worship ballad, “Holy One.” Making cameo appearances on this musical merry-go-round are Gospel’s First Lady, Shirley Caesar; veteran gospel star Vanessa Bell Armstrong; and The Christianaires’ Paul Porter. The critics have applauded the set. It made USA Today columnist Brian Mansfield’s Top 10 playlist. Lee Hildebrand of Living blues magazine calls it “raw emotional intensity” while Jet magazine editor Clarence Waldron hails it as “soul-stirring.”

The Rance Allen Group has been recording professionally since 1971. They started with Stax Records where they recorded a string of gritty, R&B-flavored gospel and message songs through the 1970s. >From there, the group recorded for a variety of labels and scored their first #1 gospel album in 1991 with the Phenomenon CD that featured the crossover R&B smash, “Miracle Worker.”

In 2002, the Rance Allen Group joined Tyscot Records where they have enjoyed a new string of hits such as “Do Your Will,” “Closest Friend,” “For Your Feet,” and the Kirk Franklin duet, “Something About The Name Jesus.” The music industry has now begun to honor the Rance Allen Group for its groundbreaking work in bridging R&B and gospel. They received a Legend Award during the 2009 Stellar Awards and were feted in a BMI Trailblazers of Gospel ceremony in 2008.

Courtesy of www.thebellereport.net

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