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Its Thursday and we have searched the archives for the greatest songs from back in the day..And this group has really left its mark on contemporary gospel music…..

Originally from Detroit, Michigan, the six original members were Fred HammondMitchell JonesKeith StatenKarl Reid, Michael Brooks, and Michael Williams formed a group in 1982, 2 years after Fred Hammond played bass for The Winans. In 1991 Staten and Brooks left the group and were replaced by Marvin SappMaxx Frank, and Eddie Howard, Jr.. By 1994 Howard had left the group and Williams left a year later. Hammond also left to pursue a career with the choir Radical For Christ.

He was replaced by Montrell Darrett. By 1999, Marcus Cole and Chris Poole had taken the place of Sapp and Darrett on the group’s last studio album. In 2002 Commissioned released a reunion album recorded live at the Straightgate Church in Detroit, MI on October 26, 2001 which brought back most of the group’s former members and featured most of its greatest hits. The group performed live on stage during the 2002 Stellar Awards in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2011, They were honored at the BMI Awards after the Stellar Awards. Gospel singers such as Dawkins & Dawkins, Deitrick Haddon, Marvin Sapp, The Soul Seekers, The Clark Sisters, and Men of Standard sang musical tributes. The members who were present at the event were Fred Hammond, Keith Staten, Marvin Sapp, Mitchell Jones, Karl Reid, Michael Williams, Michael Brooks, Maxx Frank, and Marcus Cole. The group sang their song “Victory” from the sophomore record, Go Tell Somebody as the finale performance.

Here’s Comissioned with Love Isn’t Love….

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