House Gospel Choir
About House Gospel Choir
House Gospel Choir is a London-based collective consisting of a diverse cast of well over one hundred singers, musicians, DJs, and producers. True to the group's name, the HGC performs rousing, uplifting renditions of classic house, garage, and gospel songs, emphasizing the spiritual, communal qualities of dance music and the club-going experience. The group's 2020 debut full-length, Re//Choired, features collaborations with house legend Todd Terry, and includes versions of songs by artists like Candi Staton, Crystal Waters, and Disclosure.
The group began when vocalist/producer Natalie Maddix casually made a post mentioning the idea of putting together a house choir. Following a debut rehearsal in Hackney, East London in 2014, the group was booked to play at the Glastonbury festival, and after a few months of rehearsals, they had amassed over 30 vocalists and musicians, performing songs such as Barbara Tucker's "Beautiful People" and Kirk Franklin's "Up Above My Head." They held a monthly Mass Choir, open to the public, and continued performing at festivals and clubs, eventually touring across the world and playing concerts in Singapore, Australia, Denmark, and Ibiza. They also backed artists like Loyle Carner and Emile Sandé during televised events, and appeared on albums by Boy George & Culture Club, Zak Abel, and HONNE.
House Gospel Choir's 2017 debut single, "Deeper," featured Riton and MNEK, and was followed by a 2018 cover of Wookie's "Battle," produced by the U.K. garage pioneer himself. "Salvation" (with Adelphi Music Factory) appeared in 2019, and several singles led up to the 2020 full-length Re//Choired, including the Todd Terry collaboration "My Zulu," Disclosure's "Latch," and "Gypsy Woman (Place to Stay)," a Crystal Waters cover that additionally interpolates Technotronic's "Pump Up the Jam." ~ Paul Simpson