The vision behind one of disco’s most sanctified anthems: Phyllis Joubert selects her favorite roof-raising soul and gospel songs.
Renowned singer Phyllis McCoy-Joubert has been spreading the good gospel for over three decades. Coming from an accomplished classical and gospel foundation, Phyllis and the Joubert Singers originally came together as a family who spent all their time singing in church, and decided to form a group. With the recording of “Stand On The Word” in 1985, their reputation spread like wildfire, and they soon found themselves taking their unique blend of gospel, classical and soul around the country. In 1995, Joubert formed the Glory Gospel Singers, and has taken her congregation of singers and musicians on many tours all over the world. Her composition “Stand On The Word” has achieved anthemic status among lovers of disco and deep soul: Tony Humphries’ sensitive mix and arrangement made the track a dancefloor classic, from Zanzibar to the Paradise Garage. “Stand On The Word” was even bestowed a Cannes Film Festival Jury Award, and has seen Joubert nominated at gospel music’s Grammy Awards, the Stellar Awards. But Joubert’s remarkable voice isn’t the only string to her bow, and her arrangements have also featured in several Japanese anime, including Studio Ghibli’s Spirited Away.