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Sounds Of Blackness - The Evolution Of Gospel album

Sounds Of Blackness - The Evolution Of Gospel album
  • Performer Sounds Of Blackness
  • Title The Evolution Of Gospel
  • Date of release 1991
  • Country USA & Canada
  • Style RnB/Swing, Gospel, Conscious
  • Other formats AU WMA XM ADX VOX DMF AAC
  • Genre Soul
  • Size MP3 1897 mb
  • Size FLAC 1873 mb
  • Rating: 4.3
  • Votes: 332

Optimistic" is a song by American vocal and instrumental ensemble Sounds of Blackness, recorded for their debut studio album The Evolution of Gospel (1991). It was written and produced by Gary Hines, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, and features vocals from Ann Bennett-Nesby, Carrie Harrington, Coré Cotton, Patricia Lacy, and Jamecia Bennett. The urban contemporary gospel song was released as the group's debut single and reached the top three on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart.

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Album by Sounds Of Blackness. The Pressure, Part 1. Testify. Gonna Be Free One Day. Stand. The Pressure, Part 2. Your Wish Is My Command. Hallelujah Lord! We Give You Thanks. What Shall I Call Him? Better Watch Your Behavior.

The Evolution of Gospel. Released May 21, 1991. The Evolution of Gospel Tracklist. 2. Optimistic Lyrics.

It’s been over 20 years since the group Sounds of Blackness hit the airwaves with their first album The Evolution of Gospel, and even longer since the group formed. SoulTrain had a chance to talk with the group’s conductor, producer, and principal songwriter Gary Hines about music, healing, and the new release Sounds of Blackness. Avoid Being Pigeonholed into one Genr. e’ve always been very clear about who we are and what we do. So when we get the label of gospel, it’s not an offensive label at all; it’s certainly a big part of what we do, it’s just not completely accurate. Here Comes the Cowboy. LEGACY! LEGACY! 83. Holly Herndon.

Sounds of Blackness is a Grammy Award-winning vocal and instrumental ensemble from Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota who perform music from several genres music including gospel, R&B, soul, and jazz. Style:MLA Chicago APA. "The Evolution of Gospel Album. Missing lyrics by Sounds of Blackness? Know any other songs by Sounds of Blackness?

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A1 Chains 1:02
A2 Optimistic
Backing Vocals – Bob Thomas , Terrence Frierson, Wendy IngramHandclaps – Mint ConditionLead Vocals – Core Cotton, Jamecia Bennett, Pat Levy
A3 Ah Been Workin'
Lead Vocals – Dorothy J. Townes
A4 The Pressure Pt. 1
Backing Vocals – Sonya Kates, Stokley WilliamsHandclaps – Lo-Key?
A5 Testify
Backing Vocals – Carrie Harrington, Jamecia Bennett, Pat Levy, Terrence FriersonLead Vocals – Andre Shepard
A6 Gonna Be Free One Day
Lead Vocals – Otis Montgomery
A7 Stand
Arranged By – Dick Whitbeck, Gary HinesRap [Guest] – Prof T.Written By – Sylvester Stewart
A8 The Pressure Pt. 2
Backing Vocals – Sonya Kates, Stokley Williams
B1 Your Wish Is My Command
Backing Vocals – Elizabeth J. Turner, Jamecia Bennett
B2 Hallelujah Lord! 1:44
B3 We Give You Thanks 6:16
B4 He Holds The Future
Backing Vocals – Regina WilliamsRap [Guest] – Prof T.
B5 What Shall I Call Him?
Lead Vocals – Elizabeth J. Turner, Pat Levy
B6 Better Watch Your Behavior 1:54
B7 Please Take My Hand
Backing Vocals – Elizabeth J. Turner, Regina Williams, Sandra Harris, Valerie Johnson
B8 I'll Fly Away
Lead Vocals – Shirley Marie Graham
B9 Harambee 1:04


  • A&R [A&R Administrator] – Sonya Kates
  • A&R [Administrative Assistant] – Debbie Morrison
  • Alto Vocals – Dorothy Shelby, Jennifer Whitlock, Kimberly Gayle Brown, Lisa D. Russell
  • Art Direction, Design – Rowan Moore
  • Backing Vocals – Core Cotton (tracks: A5, B4, B7), Shirley Marie Graham (tracks: A5, B1, B4), Sounds Of Blackness (tracks: A1 to B1, B3 to B5, B7, B8), Spirit V (tracks: A1, A3, 6A, B5)
  • Baritone Saxophone – David Wright
  • Baritone Vocals – David Brim Young, Freddie Winston, Geoffrey Jones
  • Bass – Mufundisi Joseph Young, Robert 'Speedy' Pittman, Terry Lewis
  • Bass Vocals – Gordon Bruce, Gregory Sears, Rev. Ira Conley, Rojeem Taylor, Timothy W. Lee
  • Congas, Timpani [Tympani] – Gary Hines, Kevin Whitlock
  • Coordinator [Production Coordination] – Susan Owens
  • Copyist [Horn Charts], Tenor Saxophone – Louis J. Wilson
  • Drum Programming – Chico Cockrell, Gary Hines, Jimmy Jam, Lance Alexander
  • Drums, Percussion – Trenon Graham
  • Engineer [Chief] – Steve Hodge
  • Executive-Producer – Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis
  • Flute, Balafon [Balifon], Alto Saxophone – Franklin Wharton
  • Guitar – LaSalle Gabriel, Soli Hughes
  • Harp – Robin Berry
  • Keyboards – Jeanine McAdams, Jimmy Jam, Lawrence Waddell
  • Lead Vocals – Ann Nesby (tracks: A1, A2, A4, A5, A7 to B1, B3 to B5, B7), Carrie Harrington (tracks: A1, A2, B4)
  • Mastered By – Brian Gardner
  • Mixed By – Dave Rideau, Steve Hodge
  • Organ – Billy Steele
  • Other [African Masks Courtesy Of] – Andrew Schwartz
  • Performer – MGS*
  • Photography By – Tom Berthiaume
  • Photography By [Front Cover Photo] – Stuart Watson
  • Producer – Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis (tracks: A2, A4, A5, A8)
  • Producer, Conductor, Arranged By, Music Director [Musical Director], Piano – Gary Hines
  • Recorded By [Assistant] – Troy Werth
  • Recorded By, Engineer [Maintenance] – Brad Yost
  • Soprano Saxophone – David Wright , Louis J. Wilson
  • Soprano Vocals – Angela Henderson, Cheryl D. Warder-Reeves, Dorothy A. Brown, Jayn R. Bell, Kellie Hickman, Renee J. McCall, Wanda Lewis
  • Tenor Vocals – Dr. Robert J. Jones, Michael L. Bowens, Robert Edwards, Russell B. Knighton Jr., Terence O. Frierson*, William H. Smith, Willie Wesley
  • Trumpet, Piccolo Flute – Larry Sims
  • Vocals – Sounds Of Blackness (tracks: B2, B6, B9), Spirit V (tracks: B2, B6, B9)


Recorded & Mixed at Flyte Tyme Studios, Edina, MN
Ann Nesby credited as Ann Bennett-Nesby
Brad Yost credited as Brad Yost & Bradley Yost
Core Cotton credited as Coré Cotton
Dave Rideau credited as Dave 'DZB' Rideau
Mufundisi Joseph Young credited as Rev. Joseph Young Jr.
Lawrence Waddell credited as Larry Waddell
Pat Levy credited as Patricia Levy
MGS (Minneaplis Gospel Sound)

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 0 82839 53611 0
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A): 395 361 - 1 S1=1 670 07 1 15
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B): 395 361 - 1 S2=1 670 07 1 14
  • Label Code: LC 0485

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
28968 1000-2 Sounds Of Blackness The Evolution Of Gospel ‎(CD, Album) Perspective Records 28968 1000-2 USA & Canada 1991
POCM-1997 Sounds Of Blackness The Evolution Of Gospel ‎(CD, Album, RE) Perspective Records POCM-1997 Japan 1997
28968 1000 4 Sounds Of Blackness The Evolution Of Gospel ‎(Cass, Album) Perspective Records 28968 1000 4 US 1991
395 361-4, 322 Sounds Of Blackness The Evolution Of Gospel ‎(Cass, Album) Perspective Records, Pt. Suara Sentral Sejati 395 361-4, 322 Indonesia 1991
28968 1000-2 Sounds Of Blackness The Evolution Of Gospel ‎(CD, Album) Perspective Records 28968 1000-2 US 1991