Witness (gospel group)

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Witness
OriginDetroit, Michigan
GenresUrban contemporary gospel, traditional black gospel
Years active1986 (1986)–2006
LabelsPolyGram, A&M, Tyscot, Compendia, CGI, Intersound, Axiom
Past membersLisa Page Brooks
Marvie Wright (1986-1987)
Tina Brooks(1986-1990)
Yolanda Harris (1986-1990)
Diane Campbell (1986-1996)
Lizz Lee (1991-1992)
Lou Ann Stewart (1991-1996; 2003-2006)
Laeh Jones (1992-2006)
Candace Smith (1997-1999)
Ayana Thomas (1997-1999)
Tasha Page-Lockhart (2003-2004)

Witness was a contemporary gospel group from Detroit, Michigan. Often called the female version of Commissioned, an all-male contemporary gospel group, they were the brainchild of and chiefly produced by Michael A. Brooks, an original member and producer of Commissioned.

Lineup changes and accolades[edit]

The group hailed from Detroit, Michigan, and was originally formed as a quintet consisting of Lisa Page Brooks, Tina Brooks, Yolanda Harris, Diane Campbell, and Marvie Wright. The group was signed to the CGI label in 1986 where they produced their debut album Keep Looking Up, after which Wright departed the group. After the release of their fourth album Mean What You Say, Tina Brooks and Yolanda Harris also left. In the years between Mean What You Say and the release of Standard, LouAnn Stewart joined the group; gospel singer Lizz Lee also briefly joined before being replaced by Lisa's sister Laeh Page. After the release of A Song In the Night, Campbell and Stewart left the group. Detroit singers Ayana Thomas and Candice Smith join the group for Love Is An Action Word, but subsequently left when it went on hiatus in 1999. When Witness returned in 2003 for An Appointed Time, LouAnn Stewart rejoined the group. Tasha Page-Lockhart, daughter of Lisa Page Brooks and future Sunday Best winner, had also joined the group.

Albums We Can Make a Difference and Standard received three-star reviews from AllMusic, and albums Mean What You Say and Love Is an Action Word got four-star reviews from the publication.[1] Witness's best-reviewed album was He Can Do the Impossible, which was awarded four and a half stars.[1]

Cross Rhythms rated Mean What You Say a four out of ten, while giving A Song in the Night a nine out of ten.[2] An Appointed Time was awarded a seven out of ten, and Speak to the Generations was rated an eight out of ten.[2]

Witness has also experienced Billboard success with their albums He Can Do the Impossible, We Can Make a Difference, Love Is an Action Word, A Song in the Night, and Standard.[3]

Witness was nominated for a Grammy in 1991 for Best Group/Duo, and was awarded the 1991 GMWA Excellence Award for Best Group and the 1993 Stellar Award for Best Performance Group/Duo.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Release date Album title[4] Label
1987 Keep Looking Up Tyscot Records
1989 I've Come Too Far Tyscot Records
1990 We Can Make a Difference Polygram Records
1991 Mean What You Say CGI Records
June 22, 1993 Standard A&M Records
September 13, 1994 He Can Do the Impossible CGI Records
April 16, 1996 A Song in the Night CGI Records
June 2, 1998 Love Is an Action Word CGI Records
November 25, 2003 An Appointed Time Axiom Records
July 19, 2005 Speak to the Generations Axiom Records

Compilations[edit]

Release date Album title[5] Label
1999 The Best of Witness CGI Records

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b AllMusic. "Witness Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved March 11, 2015.
  2. ^ a b Cross Rhythms. "Witness Artist Profile". Cross Rhythms. Retrieved March 11, 2015.
  3. ^ "Witness Chart". Billboard. Retrieved March 9, 2015.
  4. ^ http://www.gospelflava.com/articles/witness-discography.html
  5. ^ "The Best of Witness - Witness - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic".