Legendary group drops new song, honored by Mayor

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LEGENDARY GOSPEL TRIO
THE RANCE ALLEN GROUP DAY
Drops New Release, “Love Makes the World Go Around.”

Left to right: Producer Chris Byrd, Tom Allen, Steve Allen, Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz, Tyscot Records’ Sidney Scott. Center bottom: Chris Byrd’s grandson, Christopher Byrd. (Photo credit: Bill Carpenter)

The legendary GRAMMY® Award nominated gospel trio, The Rance Allen Group, has released a new retro-soul styled track, “Love Makes the World Go Around” (Tyscot) – its first offering since its charismatic front man passed away last October. Allen’s brothers and group co-founders, Steve Allen and Tom Allen, recently met in their adopted hometown of Toledo, Ohio with Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz who proclaimed September 24, 2021, as Rance Allen Group Day throughout the city in celebration of the new song.

“We recorded it years ago and it was never released,” Steve Allen told news reporters in the mayor’s office. “The song is about bringing people together. There’s a line in the song that says,  `When I look through Love’s eyes, things don’t look so bad.’ and it gives us hope.  The Bible says, a house divided against itself will not stand. There’s so much division in our country. There’s a way to have differences without being angry.  We’ve got to find a way to bring it back to love.”

In related news, Stax Records’ parent company Concord Records recently pledged a million dollars to establish the Concord Stax Scholarships which will provide full tuition to at least 20 students each year for the next five years to pursue musical careers. Each of the scholarships are named for a prominent personality in the history of Stax Records such as Otis ReddingIsaac Hayes, and Rance Allen. Visit https://staxmusicacademy.org for more information.

Over the course of their career, the Rance Allen Group has earned five GRAMMY® Award nominations and amassed over 250 million digital streams. Launching their career with Stax Record’s Gospel Truth imprint circa 1972, they scored with soulful message songs such as “Ain’t No Need in Crying’” and “Lyin’ on the Truth.” They’ve also enjoyed six R&B chart singles, including the 1979 Top 25 gem, “I Belong to You.” From the 1980s on, their music was more church, and ministry oriented. The reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart in 1992 with the album, Phenomenon, which featured the radio smash, “Miracle Worker.” In 2002, they signed to Tyscot Records where they had hits such as “Do Your Will,” “Closest Friend,’ “You That I Trust,” and “Something About the Name Jesus.” Most recently, Allen stepped out from the group to collaborate with rap star Snoop Dogg on the track “Blessing Me Again” which peaked at No. 11 on the Billboard Gospel Airplay chart in 2018. https://smarturl.it/8zosdt

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