The London Community Gospel Choir In-depth Biography
Reverend Bazil Meade} joined with Lawrence Johnson} and Delroy Powell} in 1983 to present the first concert gospel choir in the U.K. The choir -- which evolved into the London Community Gospel Group} the following year -- continues to inspire audiences with their uplifting approach to spiritual music. With their mixture of gospel, swing, and R&B set to sophisticated choreography, the group continue to share their spirited joy.
Under Rev. Meade}'s leadership, the London Community Gospel Group} has grown into the most successful gospel choir in England. In addition to performing between 100 and 150 shows a year, the group has collaborated in concerts, videos, and studio recordings with a lengthy list of artists including Tina Turner}, George Michael}, Diana Ross}, Luther Vandross}, Elton John}, Puff Daddy}, Mariah Carey}, Sting}, and Paul McCartney}. Individual members have sung with Terence Trent D'arby}, Van Morrison}, Mica Paris}, Denise Williams}, Eternal}, Chaka Khan}, Depeche Mode}, and Stevie Wonder}. Several former members -- including Ronny Jordan}, Jefferson & Whitfield}, Nu Colors}, Paul Johnson}, Lavine Hudson}, and Daniel Thomas} -- have gone on to successful careers on their own.
The London Community Gospel Group}, whose register includes fifty members aged 18 to 40, has been involved with several historic events. The group harmonized on South Africa's anthem during a concert attended by Nelson Mandela} in Brixton, South London in July 1996. Two years later, the group performed at the wedding of Mel B} of the Spice Girls} and were the headliners at the first BBC Proms Gospel Night at Royal Albert Hall}. Their most memorable performance remains the soundtrack of the Disney} film, The Lion King}. ~ Craig Harris, All Music Guide