album Sounds Of Blackness - The Evolution Of Gospel mp3 download

album Sounds Of Blackness - The Evolution Of Gospel mp3 download

Performer: Sounds Of Blackness
Album: The Evolution Of Gospel
Country: USA & Canada
Released: 1991
Style: RnB/Swing, Gospel, Conscious
MP3 version ZIP size: 1479 mb
FLAC version ZIP size: 1871 mb
WMA version ZIP size: 1543 mb
Rating: 4.1
Votes: 367

Optimistic" is a song by American vocal and instrumental ensemble Sounds of Blackness, recorded for their debut studio album The Evolution of Gospel (1991). It was written and produced by Gary Hines, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, and features vocals from Ann Bennett-Nesby, Carrie Harrington, Coré Cotton, Patricia Lacy, and Jamecia Bennett. The urban contemporary gospel song was released as the group's debut single and reached the top three on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart.

The Evolution of Gospel. Released May 21, 1991. The Evolution of Gospel Tracklist. 2. Optimistic Lyrics.

Album by Sounds Of Blackness. The Pressure, Part 1. Testify. Gonna Be Free One Day. Stand. The Pressure, Part 2. Your Wish Is My Command. Hallelujah Lord! We Give You Thanks. What Shall I Call Him? Better Watch Your Behavior.

The Evolution Of Gospel is the 1991 album by Sounds Of Blackness, a 40-piece gospel group created by Gary Hines. This was released on the A&M subsidiary Perspective, as they were signed due to the power of producers Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, who co-produced three of the songs on this disc, two of which became popular hits, "The Pressure Pt. 1" and "Optimistic". 1. Chains (1:02) 2. Optimistic (5:19) 3. Ah Been Workin' (0:42) 4. The Pressure Pt.

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Though from beginning to end one of the best gospel albums of its era, The Evolution of Gospel became and remains noteworthy because of three songs in particular: "Optimistic," "The Pressure," and "Testify. These three songs rocketed to the upper reaches of the R&B charts in 1992, all three entering the Top 20 and "Optimistic" peaking at number three - remarkable numbers for such unashamed gospel music. And these weren't flukes or novelty hits. No, these were amazing songs that captured the spirit of the time, in particular the new jack swing. The Evolution of Gospel is the critically and commercially acclaimed studio album by the Sounds of Blackness, released May 7, 1991, on A&M Records. It has been widely praised for its use of multiple genres of African-American music, including gospel, spirituals, blues, ragtime, jazz, R&B and hip hop. In 1992, the album received the Grammy Award for Best Gospel Choir or Chorus Album.

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A1 Chains 1:02
A2 Optimistic
Backing Vocals – Bob Thomas , Terrence Frierson, Wendy IngramHandclaps – Mint ConditionLead Vocals – Core Cotton, Jamecia Bennett, Pat Levy
A3 Ah Been Workin'
Lead Vocals – Dorothy J. Townes
A4 The Pressure Pt. 1
Backing Vocals – Sonya Kates, Stokley WilliamsHandclaps – Lo-Key?
A5 Testify
Backing Vocals – Carrie Harrington, Jamecia Bennett, Pat Levy, Terrence FriersonLead Vocals – Andre Shepard
A6 Gonna Be Free One Day
Lead Vocals – Otis Montgomery
A7 Stand
Arranged By – Dick Whitbeck, Gary HinesRap [Guest] – Prof T.Written By – Sylvester Stewart
A8 The Pressure Pt. 2
Backing Vocals – Sonya Kates, Stokley Williams
B1 Your Wish Is My Command
Backing Vocals – Elizabeth J. Turner, Jamecia Bennett
B2 Hallelujah Lord! 1:44
B3 We Give You Thanks 6:16
B4 He Holds The Future
Backing Vocals – Regina WilliamsRap [Guest] – Prof T.
B5 What Shall I Call Him?
Lead Vocals – Elizabeth J. Turner, Pat Levy
B6 Better Watch Your Behavior 1:54
B7 Please Take My Hand
Backing Vocals – Elizabeth J. Turner, Regina Williams, Sandra Harris, Valerie Johnson
B8 I'll Fly Away
Lead Vocals – Shirley Marie Graham
B9 Harambee 1:04


  • A&R [A&R Administrator] – Sonya Kates
  • A&R [Administration Assistant] – Debbie Morrison
  • Alto Vocals – Dorothy Shelby, Jennifer Whitlock, Kimberly Gayle Brown, Lisa D. Russell
  • Art Direction, Design – Rowan Moore
  • Backing Vocals – Core Cotton (tracks: 5, 12, 15), Shirley Marie Graham (tracks: 5, 9, 12), Sounds Of Blackness (tracks: 1 to 9, 11 to 13, 15, 16), Spirit V (tracks: 1, 3, 6, 13)
  • Baritone Saxophone – David Wright
  • Baritone Vocals – David Brim Young, Freddie Winston, Geoffrey Jones
  • Bass – Mufundisi Joseph Young, Robert 'Speedy' Pittman, Terry Lewis
  • Bass Vocals – Gordon Bruce, Gregory Sears, Rev. Ira Conley, Rojeem Taylor, Timothy W. Lee
  • Congas, Timpani [Tympani] – Gary Hines, Kevin Whitlock
  • Coordinator [Production Coordination] – Susan Owens
  • Copyist [Horn Charts], Tenor Saxophone – Louis J. Wilson
  • Drum Programming – Chico Cockrell, Gary Hines, Jimmy Jam, Lance Alexander
  • Drums, Percussion – Trenon Graham
  • Engineer [Chief] – Steve Hodge
  • Executive-Producer – Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis
  • Flute, Balafon [Balifon], Alto Saxophone – Franklin Wharton
  • Guitar – LaSalle Gabriel, Soli Hughes
  • Harp – Robin Berry
  • Keyboards – Jeanine McAdams, Jimmy Jam, Lawrence Waddell
  • Lead Vocals – Ann Nesby (tracks: 1, 2, 4, 5, 7 to 9, 11 to 13, 15), Carrie Harrington (tracks: 1, 2, 12)
  • Mastered By – Brian Gardner
  • Mixed By – Dave Rideau, Steve Hodge
  • Organ – Billy Steele
  • Other [African Masks Courtesy Of] – Andrew Schwartz
  • Performer – MGS*
  • Photography By – Tom Berthiaume
  • Photography By [Front Cover Photo] – Stuart Watson
  • Producer – Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis (tracks: 2, 4, 5, 8)
  • Producer, Conductor, Arranged By, Performer [Musical Director], Piano – Gary Hines
  • Recorded By [Assistant] – Troy Werth
  • Recorded By, Engineer [Maintenance] – Brad Yost
  • Soprano Saxophone – David Wright , Louis J. Wilson
  • Soprano Vocals – Angela Henderson, Cheryl D. Warder-Reeves, Dorothy A. Brown, Jayn R. Bell, Kellie Hickman, Renee J. McCall, Wanda Lewis
  • Tenor Vocals – Dr. Robert J. Jones, Michael L. Bowens, Robert Edwards, Russell B. Knighton Jr., Terrence Frierson, William H. Smith, Willie Wesley
  • Trumpet, Piccolo Flute – Larry Sims
  • Vocals – Sounds Of Blackness (tracks: 10, 14, 17), Spirit V (tracks: 10, 14, 17)


Recorded & Mixed at Flyte Tyme Studios, Edina, MN
Ann Nesby credited as Ann Bennett-Nesby
Brad Yost credited as Brad Yost & Bradley Yost
Core Cotton credited as Coré Cotton
Dave Rideau credited as Dave 'DZB' Rideau
Mufundisi Joseph Young credited as Rev. Joseph Young Jr.
Lawrence Waddell credited as Larry Waddell
Pat Levy credited as Patricia Levy
MGS (Minneaplis Gospel Sound)

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 7 28968-1000-4 3
  • Barcode (Scanned): 72896810043

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
28968 1000-2 Sounds Of Blackness The Evolution Of Gospel ‎(CD, Album) Perspective Records 28968 1000-2 USA & Canada 1991
POCM-1997 Sounds Of Blackness The Evolution Of Gospel ‎(CD, Album, RE) Perspective Records POCM-1997 Japan 1997
28968 1000 4 Sounds Of Blackness The Evolution Of Gospel ‎(Cass, Album) Perspective Records 28968 1000 4 US 1991
395 361-4, 322 Sounds Of Blackness The Evolution Of Gospel ‎(Cass, Album) Perspective Records, Pt. Suara Sentral Sejati 395 361-4, 322 Indonesia 1991
28968 1000-2 Sounds Of Blackness The Evolution Of Gospel ‎(CD, Album) Perspective Records 28968 1000-2 US 1991

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