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The London Community Gospel Choir is a British gospel choir. It was founded in 1982 and has gone on to provide backing for performers such as Justin Timberlake, Madonna and Kylie Minogue.

HistoryEdit

The London Community Gospel Choir was founded in 1982 by the Reverend Bazil Meade with Lawrence Johnson, Delroy Powell and John Francis. Francis would later go onto form The Inspirational Choir of the Pentecostal First Born Church of the Living God.

Initially the idea was for a single concert and this was staged by a 120-strong choir before an audience of more than a thousand people. The one-off event gave rise to a permanent choir, performing internationally for over 25 years.

The success of the first event led to enquiries for the choir to appear on television and the radio and at various corporate functions across the United Kingdom and Europe. The choir debuted on television with a performance on Channel Four's Black On Black. In December 2003, the Guardian described the choir as "Controversial, professional, energetic, inspiring and Spirit-filled!".

The choir is known for its funk-flavoured gospel, swing-beat, rhythm and blues, traditional and soulful arrangements, with lively choreography and vocal gymnastics.

Notable performancesEdit

RecordingsEdit

The choir recorded a version of the OutKast song "Hey Ya!" with Razorlight (the B-side to their single "Vice"), featured on Will Young's debut album From Now On, and sang on Blur's hit, "Tender". They also provided backing vocals on the Erasure self-titled album Erasure (1995) and throughout the Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds (2005) double album Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus. They also performed in the songs "Don't Get Lost in Heaven" and "Demon Days" on the Gorillaz' Demon Days album. The choir has also recorded with Paul McCartney, Elton John, Westlife, Elkie Brooks, Tori Amos, Drumsound and Bassline Smith, Madonna, Paper Route, Dermot Kennedy, Gregory Porter, The 1975 and Brockhampton.

The choir recorded the backing track "Circle of Life" as part of the original motion picture soundtrack to The Lion King which went on to be nominated for the Best Original Song at the 1995 Academy Awards. They also made a guest vocal appearance on Billie Piper's hit song "Honey to the Bee".

A branch of the choir entitled 'The Edge of LCGC' released a limited-edition album entitled Keep Moving as part of their yearly five night residency at London's Jazz Café. The full version was released in Spring 2008.

In 2009 the choir recorded a charity single named "I Got Soul" for War Child. In October 2009 this single reached #10 in the UK Singles Chart giving the London Community Gospel Choir its first top ten hit.

The choir featured on the "Artists For Grenfell" charity single "Bridge Over Troubled Water" in 2017.

DiscographyEdit

  • Fill My Cup. 1983
  • Feel The Spirit. 1986
  • Gospel Greats. 1990
  • Hush & Listen. 1992
  • Live! Inspiration & Power. 1996
  • Out of Many, One Voice. 1998
  • Joy To The World. 1999
  • Force Behind The Power. 2001
  • Negro Spirituals & Gospel Songs. 2002
  • 21st Anniversary Concert. Live at Abbey Road. 2003
  • Keep Moving. (Limited Edition.) 2007
  • Glorious. 2010
  • The Best of LCGC - Celebrating 30 years. 2012
  • Peace This Christmas. 2014

BibliographyEdit

  • Bazil Meade with Jan Greenough (London, Monarch, 2011) A Boy, a Journey, a Dream: The story of Bazil Meade and the London Community Gospel Choir .

AwardsEdit

  • 1983 Oasis Gospel Music Awards - Choir Of The Year
  • 1985 Gospel Music Awards - Best Choir
  • 1985 Gospel Music Awards - Best Record - Gospel Greats - LCGC
  • 1986 The Greenbelt Festival Award for Services to Gospel Music - Rev Bazil Meade
  • 1985 The Commonwealth Institute Caribbean Focus Award
  • 1994 The London Gospel Music Awards - Special Contribution to Music
  • 1994/1995 Black Gospel Media Arts Network - UK Music Director Of The Year
  • 2002 Oasis Music Awards - Best British Choir
  • 2002 Oasis Music Awards - Contribution to Gospel Music Special Award
  • 2012 Urban Music Awards - Best Gospel Act
  • 2017 MBE awarded to Bazil Meade for Services To Music - Especially the development of British Gospel Music

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