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The Gospel Hummingbirds are synonymous with tight harmony, creating outstanding inspirational music with urban rhythm and blues. James Gibson, Jr., spokesperson for the group, coined their style as "Rhythm and Gospel". R&G for short. Audiences from all over the world have marveled at the way the Hummingbirds effortlessly bring them to an inspirational frenzy, leaving them clamoring for more.
To see the musicians on stage is an experience you'll never forget. The show begins with the band setting the tone for the show with music that gets your audience rocking. Then the vocalists hit the stage with soulful sounds that leave no doubt that you are in for a treat. In no time the Gospel Hummingbirds will have you clapping your hands, dancing in the isles, and maybe even singing along. In the end, you will be exhausted but thoroughly entertained.
Joe Thomas, Sr. founded the "Birds" in the early 1960's. Soon they became known all over the world as one of the most elite musical groups in their field. Since their inception they have have recorde six albums. " Route 66 To Heaven", " Signs of Revelations", "Steppin' Out", "Taking Flight", "Live In Paradise", and their latest compilation, " Life Songs". In 1993, the Gospel Hummingbirds album "Steppin Out" earned them a Grammy Nomination int he category of "Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album". That same year it received the French "Jazz Academy Award" as the best gospel album of the year.
Although they started singing in the "Church" (and they still do), in 1987 they were invited to perform at the famous Eli's Mile High Club, a popular blues nightclub in Oakland, Ca. Since then they have successfully taken their music to rock, blues and R&B fans, in nightclubs, blues and jazz festivals here int he U. S., Canada, Australia, Japan, Italy, France, and Belgium. The group has shared the bill with; The Five Blind Boys of Alabama, The Mighty Clouds of Joy, The Dixie Hummingbirds, John Lee Hooker, Little Milton, B.B. King, Etta James, Albert Collins, Otis Rush, The Persuasions, Commissioned, Huey Lewis and the News, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Pop Staples, and Joe Louis Walker.
Over the years, as with any group of longevity, there have been personnel changes. The current Gospel Hummingbirds are James Gibson, Jr., Morris LeGrande, Mark Kenoly, Craig Kenoly, Gerald Dayce, and Charles Holland. Somehow with each personnel change, they just keep getting better.
Billboard Magazine has spoken of their music as "Not just for sacred music lovers, but for anyone with an abiding interest in great roots sounds". Downbeat Magazine says "This is a must-listen for folks who still equate heavenly music with harps and wings".
It has been suggested that they perform other kinds of music, but the Gospel Hummingbirds remain true to their faith and true to "R&G".
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