shekinah glory ministry_web.jpgAlready a platinum-selling praise and worship ensemble, the Chicago-based Shekinah Glory Ministry ensemble has produced another hit with its new concert film,  Refreshed By Fire, which was released on Kingdom Records.

The film debuted at #4 on Nielsen Soundscan’s Top Christian Music Videos chart and #11 on the Top Music video charts, sandwiched between a new Jimi Hendrix DVD and Beyonce’s I Am The World video. The film is a companion to last year’s #1 live double CD, Refreshed By Fire.

Filmmaker Joel Kapity recorded the elaborate concert before a crowd of 3,000 at Shekinah Glory Ministry’s Chicago area home church, Valley Kingdom Ministries International.

Using pomp and circumstance, the video showcases emotion-packed singing from a variety of virtuoso vocalists covering rock-edged music and dance rhythms to quiet melodies, dramatic stage lighting, colorful banners and the synchronized praise dancing that have made the ensemble a favorite for the last decade.

One particular highlight is a nearly 15-minute The Minstrel’s Release segment that showcases a lone dancer depicting a story of a biblical battle through her gestures as  guitar strings illuminate the tale and a graphic artist paints a picture of the victor on the spot that is revealed at the end of the suite to rousing applause from the congregation.

The DVD is rounded out with behind-the-scenes footage and commentary on the ensemble’s evolution that helps explain what has led to Shekinah Glory Ministry’s Top Ten hits such as Praise Is What I Do and Yes.

Even more so, it explains how a ministry that never set out to become famous has racked up more gold and platinum — two RIAA gold albums, two gold DVDs and one platinum DVD — than any other black gospel choir in music history. 

In explaining Shekinah Glory Ministry’s success, H. Daniel Wilson, the group’s leader, said in a statement, “We put worship on wax and God just blew on it.”


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MAKING A JOYFUL NOISE: Members of Shekinah Glory Ministry ensemble in performance. The ensemble’s new concert film has made its debut high on the music video charts.