Jesse Jackson’s People’s Choir of Operation Push. Gospel legend Bishop Rance Allen … ", Although Allen was influenced by gospel heavyweights like James Cleveland, his ringing guitar style and finely etched songs bore the marks of rock-and-roller Chuck Berry. “I was maybe 9 or 10 years old when I picked up the piano. In a statement on his passing, COGIC adjutant general Bishop Robert G. Randolph Jr. said, “Bishop Allen’s unique vocal ministry was an indispensable sound within the Church of God in Christ and Christendom. But [Stax label heads] Jim Stewart and Al Bell liked what they heard, and so they called my manager to tell him they were interested — and interested to the point of trying to possibly come up with a new way to get this record out.". Gospel musician and Stax Records artist Rance Allen has died. © 2020 commercialappeal.com, All rights reserved. After signing to Stax, the Allen Group would eventually come to Memphis to record, absorbing the city's musicians and players. "The next step was to go to Stax Records, and they didn't do gospel at the time either. "That was a mega, mega step for us. "But my grandmother, she wanted us to learn how to entertain. Rance Allen, Legendary Gospel Singer, Dies at 71 Associated Press 9 hrs ago. Allen died while recovering from a … Bishop Rance Allen, one of gospel music’s biggest heavyweights with a powerful voice and unmistakable look, has passed away.. Singer Rance Allen performs during BET Celebration of Gospel 2014 at Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles. A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Allen’s early-‘70s output had actually been given a renewed focus in recent weeks, as Craft Recordings released “The Gospel Truth: Complete Singles Collection,” a retrospective chronicling the Stax imprint that Allen helped usher into existence. If you see comments in violation of our community guidelines, please report them. We basically went to school on them," said Allen. Bishop Allen was called The “Father of Contemporary Gospel Music”. ", Bishop Rance Allen (Photo: Courtesy photo). In between his ministry, Allen would remain a stalwart presence on the gospel circuit and continued to record and perform. Gospel musician and Stax Records artist Rance Allen has died. to Bishop #Ranceallen.He was 71 years old. A frequent visitor to Memphis and Soulsville, he appeared at the Stax 50th anniversary concert in 2007 and visited the Stax Museum and Music Academy numerous times over the past decade. Rance Allen, the gospel singer renowned for transforming the genre with his contemporary sound, died early Saturday morning at age 71. We started studying the musicians down there: people like Duck Dunn and Al Jackson and Bobby Manuel, Lester Snell. The Rance Allen Group is a gospel music group formed in Monroe, Michigan, and based in Toledo, Ohio. The US election is a vote on climate change for the whole world. Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about, Rance Allen is remembered for having "one of the most powerful voices in the music industry.". The world-renowned gospel singer and minister, known for the gospel hit "Something About the Name Jesus," formed The Rance Allen Group with his … MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Renowned gospel singer Bishop Rance Allen has died at the age of 71. From there it went to guitar and drums and everything else I could get my hands on.”. “At that time in my life, Chuck Berry was like a superhuman, superhero the way he played guitar,” said Allen. Allen led a family band — featuring his brothers Tom on drums, Steve on bass and later Esau on percussion — that became a show-stopping act on the gospel circuit. Typed comments will be lost if you are not logged in. You gotta to be able work the area of emotion.' “God, who is omnipotent and omniscient, has summoned His Servant, Bishop Rance Lee Allen to eternal rest,” the statement read. MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Renowned gospel singer Bishop Rance Allen has died at the age of 71. "Most (religious) artists think entertaining doesn't have anything to do with gospel music," Allen said. “It was preaching first, then singing, then picking up the instruments," recalled Allen. We always took that advice to heart. According to COGIC officials, a private memorial service will be held for Allen this week. "It's music, it’s truth, it's the anointing of God, it's an exciting thing, and you can hear it," Allen noted of his work in a 2011 interview with The Commercial Appeal. As a grade schooler he was prowling the pulpit as a child preacher. We were just amazed by the way they were able to play. "That's the reason why, even today, all these many years later, when you listen to our music, you hear the real rich Stax flavor in there. The 71-year-old leader of The Rance Allen Group, who had become a bishop in the Church of … "It was a first for Stax, and we were the first ones to record on that label," said Allen. "We tried to go to Motown, but Motown didn't do gospel at all," recalls Allen. The 71-year-old leader of The Rance Allen Group, who had become a bishop in the Church of God in Christ, died Saturday morning at his home in Toledo, Ohio. It's OK to disagree with someone's ideas, but personal attacks, insults, threats, hate speech, advocating violence and other violations can result in a ban. The 71-year-old leader of The Rance Allen Group, who had become a bishop in the Church of God in Christ, died Saturday morning at his home in Toledo, Ohio. A link has been sent to your friend's email address. An eight-time Grammy nominee, Allen had grown up in the shadow of Motown, recorded for Stax and been influenced by Chuck Berry, but his songs were always a deeply profound and fervent expression of his religious faith. Well, I'm forever grateful for that.". Singer Bishop Rance Allen Dies At 71, Kirk Franklin And Gospel Community Mourn. In the early '70s Stax would launch a spiritual imprint, The Gospel Truth, in part to give Allen’s voice a platform. The news was confirmed by the Church of God In Christ. Welcome to our new and improved comments, which are for subscribers only. “Rance Allen may not have had the name recognition of some other Stax Records stars, but he certainly had one of the most powerful voices in the music industry,” said Tim Sampson, communications director with Stax’s Soulsville Foundation. He was 71. Gospel musician and Stax Records artist Rance Allen has died. An eight-time Grammy nominee, Allen had … Allen was the lead vocalist of the Detroit, Michigan gospel group with his namesake, The Rance Allen Group, which was formed along with his brothers Tom, Steve and Esau in … Twitter reaction to the passing of Rance Allen: R.I.P. (Photo: Jason Kempin, Getty Images for BET). TOLEDO, OHIO — Bishop Rance Allen, a famous gospel singer and church bishop who hailed from Michigan, has died. To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs. “Then we went to Stax, and there was no place for us there either really, but they made a place.”. Before becoming a solo act, Allen was a part of The Rance Allen Group and was the lead singer and songwriter, alongside his brothers Tom (who played the drums), Steve (bass guitar), and Esau (percussionist), who joined the group on an intermittent basis. Read or Share this story: https://www.commercialappeal.com/story/entertainment/music/2020/10/31/rance-allen-dies-obit-stax-records-gospel-music-cogic/6102203002/, (Photo: Jason Kempin, Getty Images for BET), (Photo: KENNETH CUMMINGS/The Jackson Sun, KENNETH CUMMINGS/The Jackson Sun), Indie Memphis Film Festival: This year's winners, Chicken Salad Chick to open 4th restaurant in area, Red Hook Cajun Seafood & Bar opens 6th restaurant, Big Green Memphis pivots to giving and at-home learning, Downtown Dining Week: What to expect this year, Your California Privacy Rights/Privacy Policy. His gift transcended the boundaries of musical genre.”, Bishop Rance Allen in 2015 (Photo: KENNETH CUMMINGS/The Jackson Sun, KENNETH CUMMINGS/The Jackson Sun), A native of Monroe, Michigan, Allen had long been a fan of Berry Gordy’s Motown label. Maceo Woods, Louise McCord, 21st Century, and the Rev. “He also visited the Stax Music Academy on several occasions and the students were in awe. Please be polite. (Photo: Concord), “During the Stax Museum's Soul Comes Home grand opening concert in 2003, not only did he get a standing ovation from the crowd at the Orpheum Theatre, but he also was the only artist who got a standing ovation from the other Stax legends backstage,” added Sampson. "There's no way we would've gotten the first record out had it not been for Stax having that kind of faith in us. Bishop Rance Allen, an acclaimed singer and highly influential figure in the modern gospel music genre, died on Oct. 31. November 1, 2020 - 12:54 am by VIBE. "And while I was concentrating on gospel, I was very much interested in the secular world of music too.”. “As far as I was concerned, there was nothing that compared to Motown — until the Rance Allen Group went and tried to get on the label and there was no place for us,” Allen said. ", Allen's public career actually started years before he signed to Stax. You will need to register before adding a comment. She'd say, ‘If people don't see you're enjoying your stuff, they're not going to enjoy you. In 1989, Allen moved to Toledo, Ohio, where he began preaching at the New Bethel Church of God in Christ. Entertain, perform, make folks laugh, make 'em cry. That new way was the formation of The Gospel Truth Records, which would become a spiritual arm for the soul label that would go on to release albums by Rev. Naturally, they headed to nearby Detroit to try to land a contract with Michigan music institution Motown. Rance Allen (center), with the Rance Allen Group in the early 1970s. Allen was the lead vocalist of the Detroit, Michigan gospel group with his namesake, The Rance Allen Group, which was formed along with his brothers Tom, Steve and Esau in … This is a test to see whether we can improve the experience for you. You do not need a Facebook profile to participate. We will miss Rance and our thoughts are with his family, the members of the Rance Allen Group, his fans and his parishioners. By the early '70s, after releasing a single on the tiny Reflect label, Allen and his group were primed and ready to break nationally. When you got a record company that will say we believe so much in this artist that we will create a label for them.