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Sunday Service Choir

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Sunday Service Choir
Sunday Service At The Mountain.svg
Logo used for Sunday Service's 2019 Easter Coachella performance
Background information
OriginLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres
Years active2019 (2019)–present
Websitesundayservice.com
Members

The Sunday Service Choir is an American gospel group led by rapper and producer Kanye West and conducted by choir director Jason White. Beginning in January 2019, the group has performed every Sunday, as well as Friday, September 27, when West's album Jesus Is King was announced for release. Their debut album, Jesus Is Born, was released three months later on Christmas Day, 2019.

Background[edit source | edit]

In September 2018, West announced that his ninth studio album Yandhi would be releasing later in the month. West later postponed the date to November 2018 in order to record in Uganda. The album was postponed a second time in November with no set release date.

On the first Sunday of 2019, West began the first "Sunday Service" rehearsal, where he performed gospel iterations of his discography and other songs with choir group The Samples[1] and frequent collaborators such as Tony Williams, Francis and the Lights, and Ant Clemons.[2] During Sunday Service, several songs from Yandhi have been performed.[3]

On January 12, 2019, it was reported that West was replaced by Ariana Grande as a headliner for Coachella. West pulled out since a giant dome could not be constructed for him.[4]

On March 31, 2019, West announced a Sunday Service performance for Easter would take place at Coachella.[5] The first public Sunday Service performance occurred at Coachella for Easter on April 21, 2019.[6]

On October 5, 2019, West brought Sunday Service to The Gateway in Salt Lake City, UT.[7] His performance occurred on an already busier than usual weekend with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints holding their semi-annual General Conference that weekend as well.

West collaborated with pastor Joel Osteen, who hosted West at Lakewood Church located in Houston, Texas on November 17, 2019. Although the tickets were free for this event as well, those who were lucky to obtain tickets began to sell them online for up to $500 USD.[8]

On November 21, 2019, Sunday Service announced that they will be a part of the youth Strength to Stand Conference, which will be held at LeConte Center, located in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee[9].The event will be held from January 18 - 20, 2020, and groups of four are able to make reservations to attend, with kids who are under 12 years old.[10] West's performance was added, after comedian John Crist, was suspected of sexual misconduct, and Crist's performance was cancelled.[11]

Members[edit source | edit]

List of members adapted from GQ Italia and The Fader.[12][13]

  • Kanye West
  • The Samples – choir
  • Jason White – choir director
  • Jonathan Coleman - choir coordinator
  • Ray Romolus – music supervisor
  • Ant Clemons – vocalist
  • Phemza The Kween - vocalist
  • Tony Williams – vocalist
  • Philip Cornish – music director
  • Nicholas Clark - bass guitarist
  • Tony Nichols - percussionist
  • Nikki Grier – songwriter, vocal arranger
  • Steve Epting – vocal arranger
  • Anthony McEastland - vocal arranger

Discography[edit source | edit]

Studio albums[edit source | edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[14]
US Gospel
[15]
Jesus Is Born 73 2

Charted songs[edit source | edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
[17]
US
Gospel

[18]
AUS
[19]
CAN
[20]
FRA
[21]
UK
R&B

[22]
"Every Hour"
(Kanye West featuring Sunday Service Choir)
2019 45 8 33 57 131 21 Jesus Is King
"Father Stretch" 2020 10 Jesus Is Born
"Ultralight Beam" 11
"Rain" 15
"Count Your Blessings" 16
"Revelations 19:1" 17
"Excellent" 20
"Follow Me / Faith" 22
"Lift Up Your Voices" 24
"More Than Anything" 25
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Guest appearances[edit source | edit]

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other artist(s) Notes Album
"Every Hour" 2019 Kanye West Featured vocals Jesus Is King
"Selah" Kanye West, Ant Clemons, Bongo ByTheWay Additional vocals
"Everything We Need" Kanye West, Ant Clemons, Ty Dolla Sign
"Water" Kanye West, Ant Clemons
"Up from the Ashes"[23] TBD Kanye West Jesus Is King Part II

Opera performances[edit source | edit]

  • Nebuchadnezzar (2019)[24]
  • Mary (2019)[25]

References[edit source | edit]

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  13. https://www.thefader.com/2019/09/24/a-history-of-sunday-service-kanye-west
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  16. https://www.forbes.com/sites/bryanrolli/2019/10/24/kanye-west-apparently-plans-to-release-a-new-album-jesus-is-born-on-christmas/
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  24. https://www.hollywoodbowl.com/events/performances/891/2019-11-24/kanye-west-nebuchadnezzar-an-opera
  25. https://twitter.com/kanyewest/status/1202747255452602368