The Rance Allen Group

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The Rance Allen Group
Origin Monroe, Michigan
Genres Gospel, Rhythm and blues
Years active 1970 - Present
Labels Gospel Truth, Stax
Members Rance Allen, Thomas Allen, Steve Allen

The Rance Allen Group is a gospel music group formed in Monroe, Michigan, and based in Toledo, Ohio.[1] The group's incorporation of rock and soul into traditional gospel music prefigures the crossover success of such artists as Amy Grant, Andrae Crouch, and The Winans.[1][2]

The Rance Allen Group was formed by vocalist, guitarist, pianist, and songwriter Rance Allen (b. Monroe, Michigan) with his brothers Tom (drums) and Steve (bass guitar); another brother, Esau (percussionist), joined the group on an intermittent basis.[3]:256 During an appearance at a gospel talent contest in Detroit, Michigan, they came to the attention of one of the judges, record promoter Dave Clark, who worked for Stax Records.[1][3]:255-256 The group was the first to be signed to the Stax imprint Gospel Truth, and they recorded for the Stax organization throughout the 1970s.[1][3]:256 In 1972, the group appeared in the documentary film Wattstax.[3]:270 Following this appearance, the group was named "Best Religious Group" by the National Association of Television and Radio Announcers (NATRA).[3]:272 David Porter co-produced the group's 1975 album A Soulful Experience, for which he wrote an autobiographical song, "Just Found Me".[3]:363 In 1978, the group had a Top 30 R&B hit, "I Belong to You."[2]

Discography[edit]

  • Rance Allen Group (1972)
  • Brothers (1973)
  • A Soulful Experience (1975)
  • Say My Friend (1976)
  • Straight from the Heart (1978)
  • Smile (1979)
  • I Feel Like Goin' On (1980)
  • Hear My Voice (1983)
  • I Give Myself to You (1984)
  • Phenomenon (1991)
  • Up Above My Head (1995)
  • You Make Me Wanna Dance (1995)
  • Miracle Worker (2000)
  • All the Way (2002)
  • Wattstax (various artists; box set) (2003)
  • The Live Experience (2004)
  • Closest Friend (2007)
  • The Live Experience II (2011)
  • Amazing Grace (2012)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Hildebrand, Lee (1994). Straight from the Heart (Media notes). Rance Allen. Berkeley, CA: Fantasy Records. SCD-8589-2. 
  2. ^ a b Rance Allen Group at AllMusic
  3. ^ a b c d e f Bowman, Rob (1997). Soulsville, U.S.A.: The Story of Stax Records. New York: Schirmer Books. ISBN 0-02-860268-4. 

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