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The Rance Allen Group is a gospel music
group formed in Monroe, Michigan, and based
in Toledo, Ohio.
The group's incorporation of rock and soul into
traditional gospel music prefigures the
crossover success of such artists as Amy
Grant, Andrae Crouch, and The Winans.
The Rance Allen Group was formed by
vocalist, guitarist, pianist, and songwriter
Rance Allen (b. Monroe, Michigan) with his
brothers Tom (drums) and Steve (bass guitar);
another brother, Esau (percussionist), joined
the group on an intermittent basis.
During an appearance at a gospel talent
contest in Detroit, Michigan, they came to the
attention of one of the judges, record promoter
Dave Clark, who worked for Stax Records.
The group was the first to be signed to the
Stax imprint Gospel Truth, and they recorded
for the Stax organization throughout the 1970s.
In 1972, the group appeared in the
documentary film Wattstax. Following this
appearance, the group was named "Best
Religious Group" by the National Association
of Television and Radio Announcers (NATRA).
David Porter co-produced the group's 1975
album A Soulful Experience, for which he wrote
an autobiographical song, "Just Found Me"
In 1978, the group had a Top 30 R&B hit, "I
Belong to You."