The 26-member group from
"We are an outreach ministry, and we try to do what the scripture says, 'Go and let the people know that God cares about them,'" said
They have focused on ministry for 58 years, but a chance meeting in 2007 eventually led to an invitation in 2013 to make a live recording at
"We were invited to do a concert in
At the concert, they met
"In 2013, Rick called -- he still had the card -- and asked, 'Would you be interested in being on a program with us,'" Carter said.
When Dancy and others heard the group's rich harmony fill the auditorium at the Joy, they suggested the live recording.
"You could see God working in the whole thing," Carter said. "
Dancy said the all-male chorus enjoys music and takes pride in what they do.
"But the music has never been as important as their message -- God loves all of his children," Dancy said in a press release. "From its conception until now, Men Standing For Christ strives to be positive male role models in service and stewardship. Whether it's visiting the sick, those who are incarcerated, or being in concert, Men Standing For Christ accepts that great commission and commandment to spread God's word through their music ministry."
He said the recording puts the listener on the front row of the
The last track on the 14-song disk is the aptly titled "Be Encouraged." The songs in between embrace the musical traditions that influenced R&B, rock and roll and many other genres. Harmonies accompanied by saxophone, keyboard, bass and drums are made even richer by the wide vocal range of the soloists, Dancy said. One of the four original members,
According to Dancy, the group started when Dr.
"This is not just another recording," Dancy said. "It is a legacy and an important part of American musical history. It is music that has helped blend and invigorate our musical culture."
The CDs are
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