LEGENDARY SOUL STIRRERS
AROUND THE YEAR 1926, A GROUP OF YOUNG MEN GATHERED TOGETHER TO FORM ONE OF THE MOST ORIGINAL SOUL STIRRING INSTITUTIONS OF OUR TIME. FROM A SMALL TOWN IN TEXAS ,THEY WENT ON TO MAKE HISTORY!
Born out of a need to bring a more superior quality of traditional gospel music to mass audiences, the original Mount Pleasant Green Jrs.- J.J. Farley, E.A. Rundledge, T.L. Brewster, S.R. Crane and Rev. W.L. Labeaux- began singing together in Trinity , Texas in 1926. With the addition of R.H. Harris in 1931, they changed the name of the group to the Five Soul Stirrers.
THE LEGENDARY SOUL STIRRERS have been true pioneers in the music industry for over seven decades. They were the first group to present a program exclusively of Gospel music at a time when this special sound was still evolving. They were the first group to add an extra singer to the gospel quartet format. They were the first group to present alternate lead singers in the context of a single song and as the dominant focus of a quartet performance. They were the first group to use guitar accompaniment. And, they were the first group to use the electric stringed bass; PIONEERS IN THE TRUEST SENSE OF THE WORD.
Their singing style has always been innovative , which lends to the fact that they have influenced countless artists over the years. Even today's top acts such as BOYS TO MEN, THE TEMPTATIONS, ROD STEWART, THE ISLEY BROTHERS, THE ROLLING STONES, and countless others would testify to the affect the SOUL STIRRERS music has had on their lives and careers.
In 1983 , they joined together with MORGAN FREEMAN, THE FIVE BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA and other great artists to perform in “THE GOSPEL AT COLONUS”, a LEE BREUER / BOB TELSON adaptation of Sophocles’ Greek tragedy “OEDIPUS AT COLONUS”. For the past three and a half decades, this hit play has been captivating audiences all over the world, including spectacular runs on BROADWAY, in MOSCOW, PARIS, SPAIN, ITALY and more recently ATHENS ,GREECE.
Being the only gospel quartet to be inducted into the AMERICA’S MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT HALL OF FAME in 1988 and one of the chosen gospel acts to be inducted into THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME in 1989, and probably that will ever be, would also attest to not only the lasting effect, but the historical influence the group has had and continues to have on the musical and entertainment culture worldwide.
Throughout the years, the group has featured some very outstanding lead singers, most notably SAM COOKE. Others included PAUL FOSTER , R. H. HARRIS, JOHNNY TAYLOR, JIMMY OUTLER, LOU RAWLES and the most recently deceased MARTIN JACOX. And the legend continues with the last of their legendary singers, WILLIE ROGERS, who from the 60’s till this day, still weaves his silky vocal threads throughout many of the Soul Stirrer hits.
Over the years, the soul stirrers have performed along with such artists as STEVIE WONDER, EARTH WIND & FIRE, KIRK FRANKLIN, YOLANDA ADAMS ,BOBBY McFERRIN, TAKE 6, THE OJAYS, LITTLE ANTHONY and THE IMPERIALS, DONALD FAGEN, AL GREEN and BONNIE RAITT, just to name a few.
The current group consist of ;
WILLIE ROGERS - lead singer
BEN ODOM- manager- music director- bass guitarist / vocalist
EUGENE STEWART -vocalist /second lead
MICHAEL GRADY JR. –drummer / vocalist
RICHARD GIBBS- keyboards / vocalist
With numerous recordings over the years, including such hits as, “JESUS BE A FENCE”, “A CHANGE IS GONNA COME”, “BY HIS GRACE” ,and most recently the DOVE AWARD- NOMINATED CD , “REVISITED ”, the group has maintained a level of excellence not matched by many.
From Carnegie Hall to Broadway, from small churches to enormous cathedrals , from Paris to Russia to the Apollo, the SOUL STIRRERS have performed for many, including presidents and royalty.. For the several years they accompanied Rev. Jesse Jackson on several of his trips. It was the reverend, in fact, who conceptualized their recording, “ REVISITED”.
With a solid reputation for producing quality music, the “STIRRERS”, as they are known throughout the world, have personified the metamorphosis of Gospel music, defining and re-defining it’s style over the years.
They are ready, willing and able to spread their brand of good news and melodious harmonies to one and all. They hope and trust that you will help them to achieve their goal of reaching the masses; men and women of every birth.
So with this thought in mind, feel free to call on them for all your musical needs.
Be sure to look for them at a nearby venue or your city in the near future.
VISIT THEIR WEBSITE @ https://legendarysoulstirrers.com
THANK YOU AND HAVE A GLORIOUS DAY!
BENJAMIN ALEXANDER ODOM, mgr.
THE LEGENDARY SOUL STIRRERS