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Gospel Hummingbirds sings in Grass Valley

“Not just for sacred music lovers, but for anyone with an abiding interest in great roots sounds.” – Billboard

The Gospel Hummingbirds is bringing its inspirational, soulful music to The Center for the Arts Saturday. Their style blends contemporary and traditional gospel quartet music with urban rhythm and blues. Spokesman James Gibson calls it “Rhythm and Gospel,” or R&G. Tight harmony is the hallmark of this seven-man group, which has sung together all over the world.

Founded in the early 1960s to sing in churches, the Gospel Hummingbirds has branched out to sing in blues and jazz festivals, and nightclubs, including the famous Eli’s Mile High Club in Oakland. The group has recorded five albums, including “Stepping’ Out,” which earned them a Grammy nomination in the Best Traditional Soul Gospel category in 1993 and the French Jazz Academy Award as best gospel album of the year.

The group has also done background vocals on albums by Huey Lewis and The News, The Fabulous Thunderbirds and Joe Louis Walker.

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