The Evolution of Gospel

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The Evolution of Gospel
Studio album by Sounds of Blackness
Released May 21, 1991
Recorded 1989—1991
Genre Urban contemporary gospel, Spirituals, Blues, Ragtime, New Jack Swing, Jazz, R&B, Hip Hop
Length 62:19
Label Perspective, A&M
Producer Gary Hines, Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis
Sounds of Blackness chronology
The Evolution of Gospel
(1991)
The Night Before Christmas: A Musical Fantasy
(1992)
Singles from The Evolution of Gospel
  1. "Optimistic"
    Released: May 2, 1991
  2. "The Pressure Pt. 1"
    Released: 1991
  3. "Testify"
    Released: 1992
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

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.

Track listing[edit]

# Title Length Composer(s) Producer(s) Lead Vocalist(s)
1 "Chains" 1:02 Gary Hines Gary Hines Carrie Harrington
2 "Optimistic" 5:19 Gary Hines, Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis Gary Hines, Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis Ann Bennett-Nesby, Carrie Harrington, Coré Cotton, Patricia Lacy, Jamecia Bennett
3 "Ah Been Workin' " 0:42 Gary Hines Gary Hines Dorothy J. Townes
4 "The Pressure Pt. 1" 6:04 Gary Hines, Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis Gary Hines, Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis Ann Bennett-Nesby
5 "Testify" 4:58 Gary Hines, Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis Gary Hines, Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis Ann Bennett-Nesby, Andre Shepard
6 "Gonna Be Free One Day" 0:37 Gary Hines Gary Hines Otis Montgomery
7 "Stand" 4:25 Sylvester "Sly Stone" Stewart Gary Hines Ann Bennett-Nesby
8 "The Pressure Pt. 2" 5:42 Gary Hines, Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis Gary Hines, Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis Ann Bennett-Nesby
9 "Your Wish is My Command" 5:01 Tim Wortham, Gary Hines, Tony Haynes Gary Hines Ann Bennett-Nesby
10 "Hallelujah Lord!" 1:44 Carrie Harrington, Gary Hines Gary Hines
11 "We Give You Thanks" 6:16 Gary Hines Gary Hines Ann Bennett-Nesby
12 "He Holds the Future" 5:01 Gary Hines Gary Hines Ann Bennett-Nesby, Carrie Harrington, Prof. T
13 "What Shall I Call Him?" 4:04 Gary Hines Gary Hines Ann Bennett-Nesby, Patricia Lacy, Elizabeth Turner
14 "Better Watch Your Behavior" 1:54 Gary Hines Gary Hines
15 "Please Take My Hand" 4:37 Gary Hines Gary Hines Ann Bennett-Nesby
16 "I'll Fly Away" 3:49 Albert E. Brumley Gary Hines Shirley Marie Graham
17 "Harambee (Swahili for 'Let Us All Pull Together')" 1:04 Gary Hines Gary Hines

Chart positions[edit]

Album[edit]

Year Chart Peak
1991 The Billboard 200 #176
1991 Top Gospel Albums #12
1991 Top R&B Albums #4

Singles[edit]

"Optimistic"[edit]

Year Chart Peak
1991 Dance Music/Club Play Singles #17
1991 Hot Dance Music Maxi-Singles Sales #17
1991 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks #3

"The Pressure Pt. 1"[edit]

Year Chart Peak
1991 Dance Music/Club Play Singles #1
1991 Hot Dance Music Maxi-Singles Sales #3
1991 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks #17

"Testify"[edit]

Year Chart Peak
1992 Dance Music/Club Play Singles #7
1992 Hot Dance Music Maxi-Singles Sales #14
1992 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks #12

References[edit]

  1. ^ Birchmeier, Jason. Review: The Evolution of Gospel. Allmusic. Retrieved on 2009-12-11.