Jackson Southernaires

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The Jackson Southernaires
Origin Jackson, Mississippi
Genres gospel, urban contemporary gospel, traditional black gospel, southern gospel
Years active 1969 (1969)–present
Labels Song Bird, Malaco, MCA, Redemption, Blackberry
Associated acts Sensational Nightingales
Members Luther Jennings, Maurice Surrell, Huey Williams, James Burks
Past members Huey Williams
Roger Bryant Jr.
Maurice Surrell
James Burks, Dr. Gary Miles, Granard McClendon, Melvin Wilson

The Jackson Southernaires is an American traditional black gospel music group from Jackson, Mississippi, producer Frank Crisler formed the group in 1940, yet they did not become active until 1969, with the release of Too Late by Song Bird Records. At its inception, The group consisted of five members; Huey Williams, Roger Bryant Jr., Maurice Surrell, James Burks, and Luther Jennings. The group received a nomination for a Grammy Award in the Best Traditional Gospel Album category at the 34th Annual Grammy Awards. The group has released 28 albums, including their 2010 release, Back Again, with Blackberry Records. Eleven albums have charted on the Billboard magazine charts, only on the Gospel Albums chart.

Background[edit]

The Jackson, Mississippi-based traditional black gospel group, The Jackson Southernaires was founded by record producer, Frank Crisler, in 1940.[1] They did not start actively recording and releasing music until 1969.[1] The group at its inception had as its rostrum Huey Williams, Roger Bryant Jr., Maurice Surrell, James Burks, and Luther Jennings, Dr. Gary Miles, Granard McClendon, Melvin Wilson.[1]

History[edit]

The group has released 28 albums from 1969 until 2010, with the following labels: Song Bird Records, Malaco Records, MCA Records, Redemption Records, and Blackberry Records.[2] Of these albums, eleven charted on the Billboard magazine Gospel Albums chart, and those were, Made in Mississippi, Greatest Hits, Lord We Need Your Blessing, Hear Our Prayers O Lord, Power Packed, On the Third Day, Thank You Mama for Praying for Me, Live and Anointed, The Word in Song, The Brothers Dream...Alive, and Warrior.[3] The group received a Grammy Award nomination for the Best Traditional Gospel Album at the 34th Annual Grammy Awards, for the album Thank You Mama for Praying for Me.

Members[edit]

Current
  • Huey Williams
  • Maurice Surrell
  • James Burks
  • Luther Jennings
Former
  • Roger Bryant Jr. (Deceased)
  • Willie Banks (Deceased)
  • Frank Williams (Deceased)

Discography[edit]

(*) – Denotes a Grammy Award nomination, for that particular album

List of selected albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions[3]
US
Gos
Made in Mississippi 4
Greatest Hits 15
Lord We Need Your Blessing 9
Hear Our Prayers O Lord 9
Power Packed 12
On the Third Day 9
Thank You Mama for Praying for Me* 9
Live and Anointed 12
The Word in Song 14
The Brothers Dream...Alive 28
Warrior 34

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Ankeny, Jason. "Jackson Southernaires  : Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved March 25, 2015. 
  2. ^ AllMusic. "Jackson Southernaires : Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved March 25, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Billboard. "Jackson Southernaires: Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved March 25, 2015. 

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