An urban Black gospel band with crossover appeal, Commissioned were an extremely evangelistic group in concert who put on such a dramatic show that the altars were routinely packed with repenters following their performances.

Originally from Detroit, Michigan, the six original members of Commissioned were Keith Staten, Fred Hammond, Mitchell Jones, Karl Reid, Michael Brooks, and Michael Williams. In 1991 Staten and Brooks left Commissioned and were replaced by Marvin Sapp, Maxx Frank, and Eddie Howard, Jr.. By 1994 Howard had left the group and Williams left a year later. Hammond also left to pursue a career with the group Radical For Christ. He was replaced by Montrell Darrett. By 2000, Marcus Cole and Chris Poole had taken the place of Sapp and Darrett on the group's last studio album. In 2002 Commissioned released a reunion album which brought back most of the group's former members and featured most of its greatest hits. Commissioned reunited for a highly successful reunion tour in 2001 and capped the reunion off by performing live on stage during the 2002 Stellar Awards in Atlanta, Georgia. The R&B group Silk remade the Commissioned ballad Cry On for the 1994 soundtrack for the movie Blankman. Commissioned is now a legendary group in gospel music

 Cry On for the 1994 soundtrack for the movie Blankman. Commissioned is now a legendary group in gospel music.

Listen to Christian Music Artist Commissioned


Album Title Year Label
I'm Going On1985Benson Records
Go Tell Somebody1986Light Records
On the Winning Side1987Light Records
Will You Be Ready?1988Light Records
Ordinary Just Won't Do1989Light Records
State of Mind1990Benson Music
Shakin' The House Live1991Benson Music
Number 71991Benson Music
Matters of the Heart1994Benson Music
Irreplaceable Love1996Benson Music
The Best of Commissioned1999Benson Music
Time and Seasons2000Verity Records
Commissioned Reunion: Live2002Verity Records
The Essential Commissioned2003BMG Music
Praise & Worship2006Verity Records
The Definitive 16 Greatest Hits2006Intersons Records





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