Gospel choir gives new sound to Mormon hymns

A mostly black gospel choir in Utah is bringing a vibrant new sound to familiar Mormon hymns and shining a light on the increasingly global component of a faith that has more than half of its members outside the U.S.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1QSY0kt) that over 30 singers in the Genesis Gospel Choir are getting more invitations to sing before predominantly white audiences than they had imagined.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints created the Genesis Group as a support for black Mormons in 1971. Since then, the group has evolved.

Genesis Group President Don Harwell says gospel music appeals to church members who don't want to give up their culture.

Harwell says some Mormons aren't comfortable with clapping, but the church includes different cultures.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, http://www.sltrib.com