Grammy Nominated Singer Rance Allen Celebrates 26th Anniversary
As Pastor of New Bethel Church at the Legend’s Ball
Friday, August 26, 2011 @ 7:00 P.M. @ The Pinnacle in Maumee, OH
The legendary Rance Allen Group is one of the most explosive groups in music today. Their sanctified Stax Records hits “Ain’t No Need of Crying,” “I Belong To You,” and their cover of The Temptation’s “Just My Imagination” placed them in a pantheon of deep soul artists like Otis Redding in the 1970s. Since then, the Allen Brothers (Rance, Tom and Steve) have built on that foundation with their Tyscot Records-era hits such as the R&B crossover smash “Miracle Worker,” “Do Your Will,” and “Something About The Name Jesus.” Their sacred-secular musical fusion and Rance’s stratospheric falsetto have made them standout as one of the most dynamic groups to ever hit a concert stage.
Many may not know that the group’s leader, Rance Allen, is also a popular pastor and evangelist. He has been pastor at Toledo, Ohio’s New Bethel Church for 26 years and now his congregation is honoring his years of service in a black-tie affair called The Legend’s Ball. The event takes place August 26, 2011@ 7 p.m. at The Pinnacle, 1772 Indian Wood Circle, Maumee, Ohio 43537. Tickets are $50 and available by calling Marquita Hardison at 419-508-6586 or Tina Franklin at 419-206-0288.
This year also marks the 40th anniversary of the Rance Allen Group. Earlier this year, Tyscot Records released the Top 10 CD, The Live Experience II: Celebrating 40 Years of Music and Ministry. Outside of including two medleys of their past hits, the new eleven-song set was recorded live at Detroit’s Greater Grace Temple. It’s comprised of future classics such as the first radio single, “You That I Trust,” and “Angel.” Making cameo appearances on this musical merry-go-round are Gospel’s First Lady, Shirley Caesar; veteran gospel star Vanessa Bell Armstrong; and The Christianaires’ Paul Porter.
The Rance Allen Group was born in their grandfather’s Monroe, MI church in the 1960s. They began recording for Stax Records in 1971 where they made a strong of gritty, R&B-flavored gospel and message songs for the Gospel Truth imprint. They toured with the big R&B artists of the day such as Isaac Hayes and Barry White, and literally took the gospel to the world. From there, the group recorded for a variety of labels and scored their first #1 gospel album in 1991 with the Phenomenon CD that featured the crossover R&B smash, “Miracle Worker.” Allen closed out the 1990s performing in a variety of gospel-oriented touring play productions but the group signed with Tyscot Records in 2002 and kicked off a new string of hits such as “Do Your Will,” “Closest Friend,” “For Your Feet,” and the Kirk Franklin duet, “Something About The Name Jesus.”
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