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Commissioned-Reloaded

Commissioned-Reloaded

The group that influenced Jodeci and so many others in secular and faith-based music will reunite on stage Friday, November 8 at the Fox for the Commissioned Reunion Experience – An All White Affair.

All six original members of the group – Fred Hammond, Keith Staten, Mitch Jones, Karl Reid, Michael Brooks, and Michael Williams – will take the stage in St. Louis along with Commissioned alum Marvin Sapp, nearly 15 years since their last tour.

When Commissioned came on the scene in the mid1980s, they changed gospel music forever – but not just gospel music.

Nearly a decade before Kirk Franklin blended R&B music with the messages of his ministry, Commissioned was inspiring the next generation of gospel and secular musicians alike with their soulful sounds of praise and worship. They were six singers from the rich gospel music breeding ground of Detroit with voices strong enough to lead blended together to create breathtaking harmonies.

Through them came a reciprocated blending of sounds and styles between the church and mainstream music – particularly the R&B male vocal groups. Boyz II Men first tenor Shawn Stockman credits the group as one of his biggest musical influences – so much so that years later, Stockman and fellow Boyz II Men member Wanya Morris contributed as producer/songwriters to Commissioned “Irreplaceable Love” and “They Must Know” on the Irreplaceable Love” album.

Commissioned created a new sound to aspire to – and it stretched beyond the confines of gospel and R&B. In addition to Boyz II Men, Jodeci, Silk and 112, pop super boyband NSYNC has also name-checked Commissioned among its influences.

The sextet teamed up in 1982. Their 1985 debut album “I’m Going On,” Christ-centered lyrics with smooth music and pristine harmonies set them apart among their gospel contemporaries – a combination that made for an explosive introduction to the gospel scene.

dbenton

November 7th, 2019

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