Commissioned (gospel group)

Commissioned is a Grammy and Stellar award nominated, American, urban contemporary gospel group. The group recorded twelve albums over a period of seventeen years.

OriginDetroit, Michigan, U.S.
GenresGospel, contemporary Christian, inspirational/worship
Years active1983–2006, 2011, 2013, 2017–present
MembersFred Hammond
Keith Staten
Marvin Sapp
Mitchell Jones
Karl Reid
Michael Williams
Michael Brooks
Past membersMarcus Cole
Maxx Frank
Montrell Darrett
Chris Poole (deceased)
Eddie Howard, Jr.

Group compositionEdit

Originally from Detroit, Michigan, the six original members were Fred Hammond, Mitchell Jones, Keith Staten, Karl Reid, Michael Brooks, and Michael Williams formed a group in 1982, two years after Hammond played bass for The Winans. In 1990 Staten and Brooks left the group and were replaced with Marvin Sapp, Maxx Frank, and Eddie Howard, Jr.. By 1994 Howard had left the group, and Williams left a year later. Hammond also left to pursue a career with the choir Radical For Christ. He was replaced by Montrell Darrett. By 1999, Marcus Cole and Chris Poole had taken the place of Sapp, Frank and Darrett on the group's last studio album.

In 2002 Commissioned released a reunion album recorded live at the Straightgate Church in Detroit, Michigan on October 26, 2001 which brought back most of the group's former members and featured most of its greatest hits.

The group performed live on stage during the 2002 Stellar Awards in Atlanta, Georgia.[1]

In 2011, they were honored at the BMI Awards after the Stellar Awards. Gospel singers such as Dawkins & Dawkins, Deitrick Haddon, Marvin Sapp, The Soul Seekers, The Clark Sisters, and Men of Standard sang musical tributes. The members who were present at the event were Fred Hammond, Keith Staten, Marvin Sapp, Mitchell Jones, Karl Reid, Michael Williams, Michael Brooks, Maxx Frank, Montrell Darrett, and Marcus Cole. The group sang "Victory" from their sophomore record, Go Tell Somebody.

The R&B group Silk remade the Commissioned ballad "Cry On" for the 1994 soundtrack for the movie Blankman.

In 2019, Fred Hammond, Michael Brooks, Keith Staten, Marvin Sapp, Karl Reid, Mitchell Jones and Michael Williams came back together to do another reunion concert. This concert was hosted by the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World Incorporated. The group was invited to perform to celebrate the 104th Summer Convention of the P.A.W Inc.



Release date Album title[2] Label RIAA certification
1985 I'm Going On Light Records
1986 Go Tell Somebody Light Records
1987 On The Winning Side Light Records
1988 Will You Be Ready? Light Records
1989 Ordinary Just Won't Do Light Records
1990 State of Mind Benson/Verity Records
1991 Number 7 Benson Records
1994 Matters of the Heart Benson Records
March 1, 1996 Irreplaceable Love Benson Records
October 12, 1999 Time and Seasons Verity Records
April 23, 2002 The Commissioned Reunion Live Verity Records


Release date Album title[2] Label RIAA certification
1991 A Collection Light Records
1993 Commissioned Complete Platinum Records
1994 Go Tell Somebody/I'm Going On Light Records
1995 The Light Years CGI Records
1995 Gospel Greats Benson Records
1999 The Best of Commissioned Verity Records
2002 Mega 3 Collection Light Records
2003 Essential BMG Special Products
2003 Legends of Gospel Compendia Media Group
2006 The Definitive 16 Greatest Hits Intersound Records


Release date Single title[2] Label RIAA certification
1994 Love is the Way A&M Records

Guest appearancesEdit

List of non-single songs with guest appearances by Commissioned
Title [2] Year Album Artist(s)
"Before It Falls Down" 2000 J2K - Jesus 2000 Various
"All Because of You" 2001 With This Ring Various
"What Child is This" 2013 Christmas Card Marvin Sapp
"Honor The King"

Performance videosEdit

Release date Video / DVD title[3][4] Label
1991 In Concert (Live) (VHS) Mercury Video
1998 Matters of the Heart (Video/Live) (VHS) Verity Records
1998 Commissioned: Live in Concert (VHS) Xenon Entertainment Group
1998 Number 7 (VHS) Verity Records
2002 The Commissioned Reunion: Live (video/DVD) Verity Records
2005 The Winans: The Lost Concert (video/DVD) Xenon Entertainment Group

Billboard chart historyEdit


Year Album title Chart name[5] Peak position
1985 Go Tell Somebody' / I'm Going On Top Gospel Albums 5
I'm Going On Top Gospel Albums 11
1986 Go Tell Somebody' Top Gospel Albums 2
1987 On the Winning Side Top Gospel Albums 6
1988 Top Contemporary Christian 24
1989 Will You Be Ready? Top Contemporary Christian 26
Top Gospel Albums 29
1990 Ordinary Just Won't Do Top Contemporary Christian 28
Top Gospel Albums 4
State of Mind Top Contemporary Christian 19
Top Gospel Albums 4
1991 Number 7 Top Contemporary Christian 22
Top Gospel Albums 7
Matters of the Heart Top Contemporary Christian 13
Top Gospel Albums 13
1994 Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 65
1996 Irreplaceable Love Heatseekers 19
Top Contemporary Christian 9
Top Gospel Albums 3
1994 The Best of Commissioned Top Gospel 29
2000 Time and Seasons Heatseekers 28
Top Contemporary Christian 13
Top Gospel Albums 6
2002 The Commissioned Reunion: Live (video/DVD) The Billboard 200 100
Top Contemporary Christian 8
Top Gospel Albums 3



Year Award-giving body Award category Song/album title
1989 Grammy Awards Best Soul Gospel Performance - Duo, Group, Choir or Chorus Will You Be Ready?
1991 Grammy Awards Best Pop Gospel Album Shakin' the House...Live - Carman & Commissioned (& the Christ Church Choir)
1994 Grammy Awards Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album Matters of the Heart
2001 Stellar Awards Contemporary Group/Duo of the Year Time & Seasons
2002 Stellar Awards Producer of the Year (Israel Humphrey) Commissioned Reunion Live
2002 Stellar Awards Group/Duo of the Year Commissioned Reunion Live
2002 Stellar Awards Contemporary Group/Duo of the Year Commissioned Reunion Live
2002 Stellar Awards Contemporary CD of the Year Commissioned Reunion Live
2002 Stellar Awards Special Event CD of the Year Commissioned Reunion Live
2002 Grammy Awards Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album Commissioned Reunion Live


  • Fred Hammond: lead vocals, background vocals, bass guitar (1982-1994, 2001-2002, 2011, 2013, 2018–present)
  • Keith Staten: lead vocals, background vocals (1982-1990, 2001-2002, 2011, 2013, 2017–present)
  • Mitchell Jones: lead vocals, background vocals (1982-2002, 2011, 2013, 2017-present)
  • Karl Reid: lead vocals, background vocals (1982-2002, 2011, 2013, 2017-present)
  • Eddie Howard, Jr: keyboards (1990-1994)
  • Marvin Sapp: lead vocals, background vocals (1990-1996, 2001-2002, 2011, 2013, 2018–present)
  • Michael Williams: drums (1982-1994, 2001-2002, 2011, 2018-present)
  • Marcus Cole: lead vocals, background vocals (1996-2002, 2013, 2017–2019)
  • Michael Brooks: keyboards (1982-1990, 2018–present)
  • Montrell Darrett: lead vocals, background vocals (1995-1996)
  • Chris Poole (1999-2000) (deceased)
  • Maxx Frank: keyboards, B3 Organ, Mixing (1990-1996)


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