Chanticleer was founded in 1978 by tenor Louis Botto, who sang with the group until 1989, and served as Artistic Director until his death from AIDS in 1997.
Originally, the group contained ten singers, but its size has varied from eight to twelve. Currently, Chanticleer comprises twelve men, including two basses, one baritone, three tenors, and six countertenors (three altos and three sopranos).
The original members included Jim Armington (tenor), Ted Bakkila (baritone), Rob Bell (countertenor), Louis Botto (who sang alto as well as tenor), Sanford Dole (tenor), Kevin Freeman (bass), Tom Hart (baritone), Jonathan Klein (baritone), Neal Rogers (tenor), Marc Smith (bass), Randall Wong (countertenor), and Doug Wyatt (bass). However, only ten of the singers were available to go on tour.
When the ensemble first became full-time in 1991, its members included Eric Alatorre (bass, and currently the longest standing member), Frank Albinder (baritone), Kevin Baum (tenor), Mark Daniel (tenor), Kenneth Fitch (countertenor), Jonathan Goodman (tenor), Tim Gibler (bass), Joseph Jennings (countertenor and Music Director), Chad Runyon (baritone), Foster Sommerlad (countertenor), Matthew Thompson (tenor), and Philip Wilder (countertenor).
This album was released in 2004, and comprises spiritual and traditional gospel music.
1 Jesus Hits Like An Atom Bomb 3:18
2 Surely God Is Able 3:48
3 Amazing Grace 7:26
4 Medley: Soon One Mornin' / What You Gon' Do When The World's On Fire? / You Can't Hide / Run On For A Long Time 10:17
5 Didn't It Rain 3:27
6 Sit Down Servant / Plenty Good Room 7:00
7 Keep Your Hand On The Plow (Hold On) 3:40
8 My Soul Is A Witness 5:38
9 There Is A Balm In Gilead 4:57
10 Medley: Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child / Poor Pilgrim Of Sorrow / Walk In Jerusalem 10:25
11 Be Still And Know That I'm God 8:41
The CD is in excellent used condition with no signs of wear or scratching.