Tri-State Local Gospel Artist Showcase for Week #30

Entry #030  The Philadelphia Mass Choir

The Philadelphia Mass Choir is considered pioneers for mass choirs all over the country. They made numerous award-winning recordings, and won a Gospel Stellar Award as best album of the year in 1987. The Philadelphia Mass Choir received best gospel recording award by the Philadelphia Music Foundation in 1989. Co-founder the late Freeman Wilson started the Philadelphia Mass Choir with James Ford as part of the national Gospel Music Workshop of America in 1967. He became a GMWA chapter representative for Philadelphia, and was later appointed to the executive committee of chapter representatives. Elder Wilson sang with the Victory Choral Union, was part of the Thomas A Dorsey Convention of Choirs and Chorus, and later sang with Gabriel Hardeman Delegation before forming the Mass Choir. The Philadelphia Mass Choir continues to be a recognizable force in our area and across the country.