Champion is a Gospel/Christian/Rock band founded by Amante Lacey, Donnie Reis, Matt Goodloe, Donnell Phillips, and Chriss Triplett in 2009. Champion evolved out of the group formerly known as, Amante Lacey and the Life Worship Band, founded in 2003 by gospel recording artist, Amante Lacey. This supergroup of musicians combined their talents and recorded a live album, titled Champion Live, released in 2010. They toured North America, gaining much success in New York, Chicago, Canada, and much of the Midwest. Their songs also gained the attention of other recording artists, particularly Tye Tribbett and Byron Cage. Because of this, these artists recorded versions of the group’s titles, Champion and Great and Mighty, landing them on top several Billboard charts.

Titles from Champion Live appear on multiple records

Released Oct. 15, 2010: Tye Tribbett’s album, Fresh, featuring the song Champion with string orchestrations composed and played by Donnie Reis. Billboard’s Top Gospel Album, #1, Billboard’s Top 200, #60, Gospel Digital Song #23.

Released Jun. 19, 2012: Byron Cage Memoirs of a Worshipper, featuring the song Great and Mighty. Billboard’s Hot Gospel Songs #8, Gospel Airplay #8, Top Gospel Album #3, Christian/Gospel Album #5, Billboard’s Top 200, #155.

Released Jan. 29, 2013: WOW Gospel 2013, featuring the song Great and Mighty. Billboard’s Top Gospel Album, #1, Christian/Gospel Albums, #2, Compilation Albums, #3, Top Album Sales, #43.

The Band:

Amante Lacey (producer, author/composer, lead vocals, guitar)

Donnie Reis (producer, composer, string orchestrations, violin, viola)

Matt Goodloe (producer, composer, bass guitar)

Donnell Phillips (producer, composer, keys)

Chriss Triplett (producer, composer, drums)

Where did they go?

In 2011, the band recorded an acoustic album at Twelve 3 South Studio. The group suddenly stopped everything after a tragic accident paralyzed drummer, Chriss Triplett. As a result, the project was shelved and the group took a break for an indefinite period of time.

What’s next?

Because of the upcoming 10th anniversary of their debut album in 2020, the group has decided to pursue plans to release the never-before heard acoustic record! In addition, they plan to release a re-mastered, 10th Anniversary Edition of Champion Live.

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