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Chicago Mass Choir Takes Hometown Honors for Best Gospel Entertainer of the Year at 39th Annual 2021 Chicago Music Awards

CHICAGO, IL —International ambassadors of gospel music Chicago Mass Choir were recently honored as Best Gospel Entertainer of the Year at the 39th Annual Chicago Music Awards, which honors the Windy City’s finest in musical and spoken word artistry across every genre. This is the third time they’ve received this prestigious award (2021, 2015, 2012) since the group’s inception in 1988. Officially renamed Chicago Mass Choir in 1990, their 17 Billboard-charting albums have garnered numerous Dove, Grammy, and Stellar Award nominations as well as a Stellar Award for Best Traditional Choir for their We Give You Praise project in 2017. ...

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Dr. Feranda Williamson: Chicago Mass Choir is “Unapologetically Gospel.”

By Bob Marovich Its fifteenth album, Live XV, is still impacting gospel radio, but the Chicago Mass Choir is preparing for the future by re-signing with its former label home, New Haven Records. “We were with New Haven before,” Chicago Mass Choir President and CEO Dr. Feranda Williamson told the Journal of Gospel Music. “We had a hiatus after our last project, Live XV, four years ago, and we decided to continue our partnership.” The first order of business for the renewed partnership was to release a new Chicago Mass Choir single, “Thank You, Thank You Jesus,” to radio. “A ...

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Dr. Feranda Williamson Educates TBGB on the Chicago Mass Choir

By Bob Marovich for The Black Gospel Blog. Dr. Feranda Williamson is Dean of the School of Undergraduate Studies at Capella University. But she has an even higher calling. She is also President and CEO of the award-winning Chicago Mass Choir. Dr. Williamson (photo, right) spent time with TBGB recently to discuss the choir’s near quarter-century of service to gospel music. The late James C. Chambers organized the Chicago Mass Choir in 1988. Williamson, a charter member of the choir, grew up with Chambers. She said the genesis of the Chicago Mass Choir was when in 1971 Chambers organized the ...

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