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Sounds of Blackness voted “Artist of the Month”

news13.12 SoundsOfBlacknessSince January of 2013, The Current is spotlighting a prominent Minnesota musician or band each month. The group “Sounds of Blackness” has been voted as their December´s local artist of the month.

Sounds of Blackness has not only packed a lot of acclaim and success into their 40-plus years (formed in 1969) together, but is also one of Minnesota’s longest-running musical projects. Cynthia Johnson, who joined the group in 1974, is along with Ann Nesby among the groups most prominent members.

Jazz, blues, gospel, R&B, soul, hip-hop, reggae, rock, ragtime or any combination of these; Sounds of Blackness is embracing many different influences. In 1992, the supergroup received their first Grammy for Best Gospel Choir or Chorus Album, followed by two more Grammys. Numerous other awards were picked up as well, among them four Stellar Awards, an Emmy nomination, and an International Time for Peace Award.

Today the group is practically an institution in Minnesota music, but their many awards has also pushed them into the national and international spotlight leading to performances around the globe, including a total of five performances at the White House and one at the 1996 Olympics.

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