Blind Boys of Alabama are a five-time Grammy Award winning gospel group. They first sang together in 1944. The group’s output has spanned seven decades of tours and appearances, and produced a successful discography.
Blind Boys of Alabama have made it their self-proclaimed goal to “spiritually uplift audiences”. The gospel group has been a source of inspiration for those with disabilities. In the words of one of the group’s blind members, Ricky McKinnie, “Our disability doesn’t have to be a handicap. It’s not about what you can’t do. It’s about what you do. And what we do is sing good gospel music.”
How Sweet the Sound – The Blind Boys of Alabama was filmed over the course of ten years, telling the story of The Blind Boys of Alabama. The group met as children in the 1930s at a segregated state-run vocational school and would become one of the last great gospel groups. Shot over a period of ten years–the surviving band members relive their unlikely success story as we see a rare, and frank view of life on the road with these renowned performers now in their 70s and 80s.