Peak UK Chart Position: #28 in February 1992.
Twenty-five years to the day, this entered the charts at number 56, although it took a further eight months before it eventually cracked the top forty.
They were originally founded in 1969, known then as the Macalester College Black Voices; two years later, current director Gary Hines took leadership over the ensemble, and the group name was officially changed to Sounds of Blackness.
“I’m Going All The Way” was their biggest UK hit (also on its second release), reaching #14 in 1995. Here’s a (slightly quicker) live performance of “Optimistic”, such a beautiful and uplifting song.