Sunday Service Choir

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Rising at the start of 2019, the Sunday Service Choir emerged as part of Kanye West's rebranding as a born-again Christian. Performing at rapturous live events throughout the U.S., they made their first appearance on the rapper's gospel-influenced, cuss-free chart-topper, Jesus Is King. Months later, they took the reins for their own debut, the purely gospel Jesus Is Born.

In addition to West as a guiding force, the Los Angeles-based faith crew features choir director Jason White, supervisor Ray Romolus, vocalists Ant Clemons and Tony Williams, and many others. They performed throughout the year, including at the 2019 installment of the Coachella festival and also during guerrilla-style promotional pop-ups in Chicago, Detroit, and New York. They made their official studio debut that October on the chart-topping Jesus Is King. Three months after that album's release, the choir took a turn in the spotlight with their own debut, Jesus Is Born. Issued on Christmas Day, the traditional gospel album featured their takes on spiritual numbers from The Clark Sisters, Rev. Timothy Wright, and Richard Smallwood, injecting a contemporary, secular touch with interpolations of pop favorites by SWV, Sia, and Soul II Soul. Although West's vocals did not appear on the effort, his production touches could be subtly heard throughout and the choir offered fresh takes on West's own "Ultralight Beam," "Faith," and "Father Stretch" from The Life of Pablo. Upon release, the album landed on the Billboard 200 and rose into the Top 5 on the U.S. Independent and Gospel charts.

Rising at the start of 2019, the Sunday Service Choir emerged as part of Kanye West's rebranding as a born-again Christian. Performing at rapturous live events throughout the U.S., they made their first appearance on the rapper's gospel-influenced, cuss-free chart-topper, Jesus Is King. Months later, they took the reins for their own debut, the purely gospel Jesus Is Born.

In addition to West as a guiding force, the Los Angeles-based faith crew features choir director Jason White, supervisor Ray Romolus, vocalists Ant Clemons and Tony Williams, and many others. They performed throughout the year, including at the 2019 installment of the Coachella festival and also during guerrilla-style promotional pop-ups in Chicago, Detroit, and New York. They made their official studio debut that October on the chart-topping Jesus Is King. Three months after that album's release, the choir took a turn in the spotlight with their own debut, Jesus Is Born. Issued on Christmas Day, the traditional gospel album featured their takes on spiritual numbers from The Clark Sisters, Rev. Timothy Wright, and Richard Smallwood, injecting a contemporary, secular touch with interpolations of pop favorites by SWV, Sia, and Soul II Soul. Although West's vocals did not appear on the effort, his production touches could be subtly heard throughout and the choir offered fresh takes on West's own "Ultralight Beam," "Faith," and "Father Stretch" from The Life of Pablo. Upon release, the album landed on the Billboard 200 and rose into the Top 5 on the U.S. Independent and Gospel charts.

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