At a time when artists, with such a long and distinguished career are slowing down or retiring to enjoy the fruits of their labors, the Mississippi Mass Choir are exploring new mission fields.
All of their subsequent recording reached the top ten or top twenty positions. They have either won or been nominated numerous times for every music industry award, including the Stellar, Grammy, Soul Train, Dove, National Association of Record Merchandisers, 3M Visionary, Mississippi Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, and a host of others. Billboard Magazine recognized them on several occasions as “Gospel Artist of the Year.”
They have ministered in song in over 40 states within the USA, including Alaska. They have been fortunate enough to travel to international stages in countries such as Japan, Italy, Spain, Bahamas, and Greece; becoming the first gospel group to perform at the Acropolis. While attending the famed Umbria Jazz Gospel and Soul Easter Festival in Terni, Italy, the choir was unexpectedly invited to sing for Pope John Paul II at his summer residence. On Christmas day in 2000 they performed with the 90-piece Tenerife Symphonic Orchestra on a live telecast throughout the Canary Islands and Spain.
Their body of work includes a national commercial for Nissan, and their indefatigable song “I’m Not Tired Yet” just completed a seven-month run as the theme song for the Scott Van Pelt Show on ESPN’s Sport Center.
Their tenure in the gospel music industry has already reached legendary status and continues to grow. Jerry Mannery, Executive Director of the choir, states, “We are all about our Father’s business. Our mission remains constant; to evangelize the world through music, and to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”