Over the past twenty years, the group’s accomplishments include garnering three Stellar Awards, one Soul Train Award, five NAACP Image Award nominations, an Emmy nomination, three GRAMMY Awards and five GRAMMY Award nominations. They’ve performed at the White House five times,
and on five occasions, more than one billion people worldwide have seen the group on televised events such as the 1996 Olympics, the 1994 World Cup and the 1998 World Figure Skating Championships.
The list of artists with whom the group has performed or recorded includes Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder, Sting, Santana, Eric Clapton, Usher, Elton John, Sir Andrew Lloyd Weber, Aretha Franklin,Anita Baker, Dolly Parton, Vince Gill, Bob Dylan, Patti LaBelle, Earth Wind & Fire, Shirley Ceaser, Yolanda Adams, Kirk Franklin, Kenny G, Lena Horne, Isaac Hayes, Little Richard, B.B. King, Johnny Mathis, Billy Crystal, Robin Williams, Jim Carey, Whoopi Goldberg, Robert Duvall, Maya Angelou and others.
To date, Sounds Of Blackness have been heard on several key soundtracks including Batman,
Demolition Man, Panther, Mo’ Money and Precious. Their music helped fuel the 2008 campaign of
President Barack Obama, and the list of worldwide benefit concerts that have raised hundreds of
thousands of dollars includes such causes as the United Nations Telefood Concert (Jamaica), The
United Nations 50th Anniversary’s “People/Children of the World,” The United Negro College Fund, Scholarship America, The NAACP, The Children’s Heart Fund, The Lupus Foundation, The
Opportunities Industrialization Centers, Americorps, Border Babies, The National Urban League, Hale House, HBO’s “Comic Relief V (For The Homeless),” Hurricane Katrina and Tsunami fundraisers and participation in Grammy in the Schools.
Through their theatrical productions, seminars, workshops and lectures on African-American music,
culture and history, Sounds Of Blackness have entertained at schools, colleges and universities,
hospitals, men’s and women’s prisons, youth correctional facilities, half-way houses, battered women’s shelters, synagogues, mosques, temples, churches and community centers, and partnered with corporations such as General Mills' with "Feeding Dreams" and United Health Care's with "Do Good,Live Well" programs.
Reflecting on the past four decades, founder Hines says, “To quote the gospel song, ‘How I Got Over,’ my soul looks back and wonders…I know it’s by the grace of God that Sounds Of Blackness has
thrived, and it’s incomprehensible to me that as an original member, it’s been forty years.”
Now proud to be associated with Malaco Music Group, whose commitment to black music in its many
forms also stretches back over decades, Sounds Of Blackness present a self-titled album that is a fit for the challenging times, while offering energy, optimism, and compassion, while, as always, giving praise. “This ranks among our best work,” says Hines proudly. “We’re incredibly excited about it.
Lyrically, musically and thematically, it’s on time and it embodies the spirit of togetherness, healing,Ubuntu and inspiration that is at the heart of who we are."