Tri-state Local Gospel Artist Spotlight #5
The Brockington Ensemble was founded early in 1963 by Professor Irvin Brockington, who had a dream to form a mass choir of area gospel vocalist. The vision was realized as he brought together singers and family members for vocal support. Our nation mourned the death of President JFK on November 22, 1963. At the same time, the gospel world celebrated the birth of this group as they appeared in their debut concert on November 23, 1963, as The Gospel Singers Ensemble. After this appearance, they received numerous bookings, becoming known for their grand entrance marches and hard-hitting choral delivery.
Singing for over 30 years, the Brockington Ensemble has spread the gospel message to the masses in various mediums including television and on stage. The first GMWA convention was held in Detroit, Michigan in 1968 at King Solomon Baptist Church where about 3,000 delegates attended. They were recognized nationally by the late Rev. James Cleveland, and were invited to participate in forming his GMWA in 1967.