It’s no secret that New Orleans is known the world over for her abundance of musical talent. When one thinks of New Orleans, jazz and rhythm and blues automatically come to mind. At the forefront of those styles, however, is the foundation of it all, and that is good old hand clapping, foot stomping, gospel music! One of the most prolific gospel groups, in this city that ‘care forgot’, is the JOYFUL GOSPEL SINGERS, (JGS), the region’s most traveled gospel choir.
The JGS are a direct spin off of the widely acclaimed band JOYFUL! (Soulful & R&B styled gospel). In the beginning, the JGS were the original back-up singers for JOYFUL! who made a name for themselves performing at major festivals and big venues in the U.S. and in Europe. By the latter part of 1990, JOYFUL! had developed quite a following of devoted fans in Europe and noticed the need for a more traditional gospel style, especially at Christmas and Easter, and for concerts held in the large European churches. Therefore JOYFUL’s background singers became the JOYFUL GOSPEL SINGERS, an independent and self contained singing group for the more traditional events both locally and abroad.
Their first recording projects were done in conjunction with JOYFUL! projects, which received critical acclaim and are being distributed by some of Europe’s largest distributors. In 2007, the group released their third full-length compact disc on the New Orleans-based Rampart Street Music label titled 9th Ward Revival. Their first Rampart Street Music recording, Take Me, Use Me, was released in 1995 and lead to touring on their own. The JOYFUL GOSPEL SINGERS now tour Europe regularly each year and have become successful on their own merits. They have become one of the hottest gospel groups in Germany, Italy and Spain as thousands look to see them perform in various venues each year.
The JGS have appeared with great performers such as Yolanda Adams, Thelma Houston, Bryan Adams, Earth Wind & Fire, the Harlem Gospel Singers, Kirk Franklin, New Orleans blues diva, Marva Wright, the Charmaine Neville Band and the pop German group PUR.
In addition to their worldly travels, the JGS have performed at the world-famous Monterrey Jazz Festival in California, they have traveled to the American Virgin Islands, not to mention their many stellar performances at the annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Throughout the rest of the year, the JGS showcase their vocal talent in performances for many well-established corporations who host conventions in New Orleans. Some of our national clients have been Coca Cola, Starbucks, Microsoft, The Fox Network, the NBA, the NCAA and the NFL.
The JOYFUL GOSPEL SINGERS live performances include all the old standards as well as new choral arrangements that are fast becoming popular in the United States. Their repertoire includes songs like Down By The Riverside, Amazing Grace, Oh Happy Day, Stand By Me, This Little Light of Mine, The Old Rugged Cross and Glory, Glory, Hallelujah. This group also performs a wide array of seasonal music for Christmas and Easter.
The JGS can be as few as 5 voices and as many as one hundred voices. They perform accapella, with a five-piece stage band, and are sometimes accompanied by a seven-piece New Orleans-style Brass Band. Whatever you choose, we guarantee that your audience will be on their feet, clapping their hands, and JOYFULLY, singing along!
JOYFUL Gospel Singers
are comprised of JOYFUL, USA backed by a 13 voice choir
Stand By Me
Featuring: Jan Randolph
Kum Ba Ya
Featuring: Rose Sparrow