World’s largest gospel choir breaks Guinness Record

History was made Friday night when over 1,000 people congregated in Newark, NJ and broke the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest gospel choir.

People from the New York tri-state area and as far as Florida traveled to Newark Symphony Hall to participate in the record-breaking McDonald’s Gospel Super Choir.

People of all ages, including current and former athletes who are part of the NFL Players Choir, came together to form a 1,171-member choir produced and directed by Emmy Award winning A. Curtis Farrow.

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“From the minute the Guinness World Records adjudicator announced that we had broke the record, my body felt like if not but for a moment it was touched by 1,171 of my ancestors at the same time,” Farrow said in a statement to theGrio.

“I could personally feel the touch of the slaves on the slave ship, to Harriet Tubman, to Frederick Douglass, to Thomas Dorsey,  to Mahalia Jackson, to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., to Rev. James Cleveland, to my late grandmother Mary Cross. I felt like they were all touching everyone in the room at the same time saying…WELL DONE CHILDREN.”

The choir sang six songs alongside some of the nation’s most legendary singers. Among the songs chosen were:  “Oh Happy Day,”  “Amazing Grace” featuring Cissy Houston accompanied by Jazz great Nat Adderley Jr, “Stand” featuring Gospel great Donald Malloy, “Amen” featuring Gospel pioneer Milton Biggham, “Let the Church Say Amen” featuring Maurice Johnson and “Total Praise” featuring Lorraine Stancil Lawson.

Watch the video above to see the legendary performance and tell us your thoughts below.

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