The Imperials are an American Christian music group that has been around for over 50 years. Originating as a southern gospel quartet, the innovative group would become pioneers of contemporary Christian music in the 1960s. There have been many changes for the band in membership and musical styles over the years. They would go on to win four Grammys, and be inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. This live performance and never before seen behind the scenes interviews are a must for every imperials fan.
“The Imperials” is a celebration of the gospel singing group that formed in 1964 and just celebrated fifty years of worship and songs. They are featured at a concert in Texas and are at their best while harmonizing, singing a few solos, and making use of musicians on keyboard, drums, guitar, fiddle, and background singers.
The songs include one about still standing but not standing still, standing by the power, and the Promised Land, plus “No Shortage,” “God’s Got Something Good For Me” and many more. The rousing finale is “Good Old Gospel Ship.” There are a few clips of interviews, along with some interesting facts. One is that the Imperials recorded two gospel albums with Elvis Presley, and of Elvis’ three Grammy Awards, two of them were with The Imperials: “How Great Thou Art” and “He Touched Me.” Also, the Imperials became the first interracial gospel group when Sherman Andrus joined them for a time in 1972.
The group’s experience really shows as they nail each song with a professional talent that is not often seen. Several of their album covers are displayed in the video. This inspiring and energetic concert, “The Imperials,” is presented our “Faith-Friendly” Seal for all ages. They can say right along with their song that they’re “still standing”—and they are still excellent performers to boot.