Gospel singer Rance Allen founded the Rance Allen Group
in Detroit in the 1960s and has fronted the band with his soulful, soaring vocals ever since.
The traditionally trained black gospel group was the first traditional gospel group to incorporate rock, jazz, and soul into their music. They were harbingers for the contemporary Christian music movement popularized in the late '70s by Andrae Crouch
, Amy Grant
, and the Winans
. The Rance Allen Group
scored a Top 30 R&B hit in 1979 with "I Belong to You," one of two Stax singles that year to make the charts. The group's recordings for Gospel Truth, Capitol, and Stax proved quite popular among gospel audiences, and had some success attracting soul fans as well. Rance Allen continued singing, recording, and performing with his group up into the next millennium, releasing Miracle Worker with the Rance Allen Group
in spring 2000. ~ Bil Carpenter and Ron Wynn, Rovi