Sunday Service (group)

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Sunday Service
Sunday Service At The Mountain.svg
Logo used for Sunday Service's 2019 Easter Coachella performance
Background information
Genres
Years active2019 (2019)–present
Websitesundayservice.com
Members

Sunday Service is an American gospel-rap group led by rapper Kanye West. Beginning in January 2019, the group has performed every Sunday, as well as Friday, September 27, when West's album Jesus is King was announced for release.

Background[edit]

In September 2018, West announced that his ninth studio album Yandhi would be releasing later in the month. West later postponed the date to November 2018 in order to record in Uganda. The album was postponed a second time in November with no set release date.

On the first Sunday of 2019, West began the first "Sunday Service" rehearsal, where he performed gospel iterations of his discography and other songs with choir group The Samples[1] and frequent collaborators such as Tony Williams, Francis and the Lights, and Ant Clemons.[2] During Sunday Service, several songs from Yandhi have been performed.[3]

On January 12, 2019, it was reported that West was replaced by Ariana Grande as a headliner for Coachella. West pulled out since a giant dome could not be constructed for him.[4]

On March 31, 2019, West announced a Sunday Service performance for Easter would take place at Coachella.[5] The first public Sunday Service performance occurred at Coachella for Easter on April 21, 2019.[6]

On October 5, 2019, West brought Sunday Service to The Gateway in Salt Lake City, UT.[7] His performance occurred on an already busier than usual weekend with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints holding their semi-annual General Conference that weekend as well.

Group members[edit]

List of members adapted from GQ Italia.[8]

  • Kanye West
  • The Samples – choir
  • Jason White – choir director
  • Ray Romolus – music producer, director
  • Ant Clemons – vocalist
  • Tony Williams – vocalist
  • Philip Cornish – pianist
  • Rob Gueringer – guitarist

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details
Jesus Is Born

Guest appearances[edit]

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other artist(s) Notes Album
"Every Hour" 2019 Kanye West Featured vocals Jesus Is King
"Selah" Kanye West, Ant Clemons, Bongo ByTheWay Additional vocals
"Everything We Need" Kanye West, Ant Clemons, Ty Dolla Sign
"Water" Kanye West, Ant Clemons

References[edit]

  1. ^ Aliya Faust (April 2, 2019). "Kanye West's "Sunday Service" Choir Director Jason White & His Wife Geneen Give Insight On The Series". Get Up! Mornings with Erica Campbell. Archived from the original on April 6, 2019. Retrieved April 19, 2019.
  2. ^ Lake Schatz (January 7, 2019). "Kanye West leads Sunday Service featuring gospel versions of his songs: Watch". Consequence of Sound. Archived from the original on February 2, 2019. Retrieved March 4, 2019.
  3. ^ Kyle Eustice (January 19, 2019). "Kanye West Debuts New Music During 2nd "Sunday Service"". HipHopDX. Archived from the original on January 20, 2019. Retrieved January 20, 2019.
  4. ^ "Kanye West Pulled Out of Coachella Because the Festival Wouldn't Build Him a Giant Dome: Exclusive". Billboard. Archived from the original on April 9, 2019. Retrieved May 16, 2019.
  5. ^ "Kanye West Bringing "Sunday Service" To Coachella 2019". March 31, 2019. Archived from the original on April 6, 2019. Retrieved May 16, 2019.
  6. ^ Lisa Repers France (April 19, 2019). "Kanye's Sunday Service is coming to Coachella, but what is it?". CNN. Archived from the original on April 19, 2019. Retrieved April 19, 2019.
  7. ^ "Kanye West brings song, sermon, prayer — and a crowd of thousands — to Salt Lake City's Gateway for 'Sunday Service'". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved October 28, 2019.
  8. ^ TeamKanyeDaily on Twitter: "GQ ITALIA | SUNDAY SERVICE"
  9. ^ https://www.forbes.com/sites/bryanrolli/2019/10/24/kanye-west-apparently-plans-to-release-a-new-album-jesus-is-born-on-christmas/