Blackberry, a Jackson, MS company, is centered around The Williams Brothers, a multi-generational act now in its 55th year. Founded by Leonard “Pop” Williams in 1960, the band currently consists of brothers Doug and Melvin Williams, along with honorary brother Henry Green. Regulars on the Billboard Gospel charts, their most recent LP, Songs of Worship, Praise & Deliverance spent 18 weeks on the Gospel Albums chart in 2014, peaking at #16. Other notable artists in the catalog are The Canton Spirituals, Tim Rogers & The Fellas, The Bolton Brothers and the Jackson Southernaires. Check out this 1997 video of The Williams Brothers performing “I’m Too Close” with Stevie Wonder, also among the Blackberry recordings.
MCG, short for “Majestic Communications Group” and based in Atlanta, GA, was founded in 1996 by industry veteran James Bullard. Mr. Bullard had the foresight to sign Lee Williams & The Spiritual QCs, a group that had been around since 1968, but had not recorded before arriving at MCG. Their most recent LP, Love Will Go All The Way, spent 16 weeks on the Gospel Albums chart, peaking at #17. Witness Lee Williams’ power in this epic performance, along with Grammy-winner Jerry Peters on piano. The MCG catalog also includes titles by The Mighty Clouds of Joy, The Rev. James Cleveland, Helen Baylor, and the inimitable Billy Preston — we’re the proud owner of the Fifth Beatle’s final LP, Music From My Heart.
The Orchard will continue to release new products from both labels under new distribution agreements.