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Rance Allen and his brothers Thomas and Steve formed the Rance Allen Group as teenagers in their hometown of Monroe, Michigan. They broke the mold early on by becoming one of the first major acts in America to infuse R&B and other contemporary styles into their unique and contagious form of gospel music. After winning a few Detroit talent shows and recording on their hometown-based Reflect label, the group set out to make their presence known by coming to Memphis and meeting with Stax Records executive Al Bell, who was so impressed with their sound that he formed a new subsidiary label, Gospel Truth, just for them. The group recorded four LPs at Stax in their unique style that no other gospel act could or would touch at the time, and went on to perform secular gigs with other Stax artists, including an amazing performance during 1972’s Wattstax concert in Los Angeles. Their most memorable performance to date for some, however, was their showing at the Stax Museum’s grand opening Soul Comes Home concert in May 2003, which brought down the house and garnered them a standing ovation from all of the former Stax artists backstage at The Orpheum Theater.
<span">The Rance Allen Group has been the recipient of numerous awards and Grammy nominations throughout the years and they perform annually in Memphis at the international convention of the Church of God in Christ, of which Rance has been a pastor since 1978. They returned to Memphis’ Orpheum Theater for yet another riveting performance (shown here) during the Concord Music Group’s Stax 50th Anniversary Concert in June 2007.