Bio: How One Man's Vision Built A Global Ministry
The Mississippi Mass Choir's powerful ministry is rooted in founder, Frank Williams' humble obedience to the vision of uniting and mentoring some of Mississippi's finest singers in a massive way. Williams reached out to friend and minister of music, David R. Curry Sr. and piano prodigy Jerry C. Smith to help recruit over 150 singers statewide.From teenagers to seniors, teachers to police officers to truckers, they came together as one.They came from diverse churches and vocations, united in one faith and for one purpose, “To Serve God Through Song!”
Success came quickly. The choir's debut album hit No. 1 on Billboard's gospel charts for 45 consecutive weeks, setting a record for a recording in any music genre which earned the choir a special achievement award.
In 1993, after to sudden passing of Frank Williams, Pastor Jerry Mannery was pass the reigns as the choir’s executive director. Under his guidance, they've recorded 11 albums, earned 2 Grammy nominations, Gospel Hall fo Fame, 5 Stellar Awards, and a Stellar Gospel Music Lifetime Achievement Award along with a host of other awards and recognitions.. But accolades only underscore their higher calling: to spread the Gospel to the ends of the earth.
It doesn’t matter where they are or size of the stage, the Mississippi Mass Choir pursues a single purpose: to glorify God and uplift souls. With voices as timeless as their message of hope, what began as a vision of unity among individual vocalist statewide has spanned continents. Their accolades and opportunities—from the Acropolis to the Vatican to Tokyo—only deepen their dedication to the guiding vision of their founder, Frank Williams. His dream of bringing people to Christ's redemptive throne through music will continue as long as there are souls longing for grace, and a Mississippi Mass Choir to stir hearts with the timeless power of gospel truth.
"From church choir stands to the Billboard Charts, Mississippi Mass Choir has inspired millions with their powerful gospel music. Formed in 1988 by the late Frank Williams—legendary singer, songwriter, producer, visionary—the Mass Choir has been blessed to remain a welcomed presence in the gospel music industry for nearly 35 years. The renowned gospel choir has touched lives across the globe through soul-stirring anthems of resilience, hope, and strong faith in Jesus Christ.