The Canton Spirituals, one of the nation’s most popular and influential gospel groups, recently received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Governor’s Arts Awards.

Formed in 1943, the Canton Spirituals still perform today.

The group pioneered an urban sound, which blends R&B and the blues with gospel.

They have two gold-certified records to their credit and have either been nominated for or won most major music industry awards, including GRAMMY Awards, Stellar Gospel Music Awards, Dove Awards and Soul Train Music Awards.