For over fifty years, the legacy of premier Gospel quartet, The Mighty Clouds of Joy has been unwavering, thriving decade after decade. Creating a distinctive, traditional sound with a soulful twist, Mighty Clouds of Joy have molded an unforgettable lane that has stuck with us for generations and will stick with us for generations to come. Their gift is invariable, which happens to be one of the main reasons why we just can’t get enough of the Clouds, also known as the ‘Mighty High’.
Their musical emergence began in the mid-fifties with original members, Joe Ligon and Johnny Martin. The two were just young teens from the Los Angeles, California, aiming to turn their talents into triumphs. Forming the group with brothers, Ermant and Elmo Franklin, Leon Polk, and Richard Wallace, the then six-membered group made their Gospel debut in 1960 with their record, “Steal Away to Jesus”, vigorously making their way into the Gospel arena.
With their matching ensemble, smooth choreography, and meaningful lyrics, the Mighty Clouds of Joy set themselves apart from day one. From being the first Gospel group to appear on the Soul Train to having sold over seven million records and winning three Grammys, the Mighty Clouds of Joy’s influence is withstanding. The Clouds have even had the honor of working with secular legends, such as Marvin Gaye, the Rolling Stones and Aretha Franklin.
Even through the group changes and replacement of members, they are still gracefully pushing forward. Though most may have thought that the legacy of the Clouds had been left behind, current members, Johnny Valentine, Ron Staples, Ervin Williams, Ronald Clark Sr., and Jeremih Blair are all keeping it alive in the mightiest way.