The 'Kings and Queens' of Sounds of Blackness

Sounds of Blackness 300

Kings and Queens is the new album from Sounds of Blackness. Courtesy Gary Hines hide caption

itoggle caption Courtesy Gary Hines

For more than 30 years, the gospel ensemble Sounds of Blackness has been making music with a message. They won a Grammy for their album The Evolution of Gospel. Now they're launching a new music campaign to educate people about street and domestic violence.

Sounds of Blackness opened for the Jackson 5 and played at the White House. Their new record, Kings and Queens, shows the group taking on some serious social problems with their trademark class and fearless mixing of genres.

Gary Hines is the musical director for Sounds of Blackness, and he and soloist Patty Lacy spoke to Tony Cox about the difference between performing in church and on stage, and Gary's turn as Mr. Minnesota.

Purchase Featured Music

Kings and Queens: Message from the Movement

Purchase Music

Purchase Featured Music

Album
Kings and Queens: Message from the Movement
Artist
Sounds of Blackness
Label
CC/Copycats
Released
2007

Your purchase helps support NPR Programming. How?

 

Comments

 

Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and Terms of Use. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.