By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – If the Link Centre’s monthly Music Mix shows are studies in various genres of music, this month’s pick – the Mighty Gospel Warriors – could be professors.
The Warriors – David Welch, C.W. Vance, Donnie Sandifer and Sammy, Homer and Huelett Judon – have been in the gospel game since 1987. The band has seen a few line-up changes over the years, said the group’s manager, John Barnes, but one thing has not changed: the Warriors’ signature style of gospel.
“This is good, old, foot-stomping, hand-clapping, traditional gospel,” Barnes said.
In the band’s 23-year history, The Mighty Gospel Warriors have traveled as far away as Florida, Oklahoma, Texas, Iowa and Wisconsin to perform and has rubbed elbows with some of gospel’s finest.
Barnes said The Mighty Gospel Warriors hope to have a positive influence on fans and listeners.
“The message we are sending is that there is a true, living God, and you might not like the beat of the song but you have to listen to the words of the song,” he said.
And those words are almost always written by the Mighty Gospel Warriors.
The band writes most of its own music, but is happy to put its own spin on gospel classics.
The Warriors have recorded five albums and hope to have new material out this year.
The Warriors also keep a steady list of shows, so they’re always busy.
“We’re blessed,” Barnes said, “and the Lord just keeps taking us higher.”