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Will.i.am and Seal perform with gospel choir

Gospel choirs are in vogue in this season of "change," a reference to President Barack Obama's campaign and election theme.

During the NAACP Image Awards, Pop Artist will.i.am performed a song about environmental "change" with a gospel choir as back up. As he sang, a video showed the images of what global warming has done to the world, while the voice of former Vice President Al Gore provided the subtext for the song.

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Seal also sang "People Get Ready (There's a Train Coming)" with the support of a gospel choir. The song was in tribute to artists and others who died in the last year.

Gospel choirs have lately provided the background vocals for artists such as John Legend during the Democratic National Convention in August; Bruce Springsteen at January's inauguration and again earlier this month during his half-time Super Bowl performance; Jennifer Hudson at the Grammys; and Faith Hill during the Super Bowl pre-show.

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When I spoke earlier today to Grammy and Stellar gospel artist Donald Lawrence, who has directed legendary choirs (The Tri-City Singers), about this choir trend, his response was:

"They may be discovering them, but choirs never go out of style.''

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