During the late 70's and early 80's before there was a L.A. Mass there was "FRIENDS", which consisted of 40 singers that would perform at Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm.
Friends recorded with renowned gospel icon, Sandra Crouch, on her first album, the Grammy award winning "He's Worthy”, and her second album, entitled "Completely Yes." "Friends" also had the privilege and honor to record with the great, legendary folk singer, songwriter and activist, Joan Baez.
This experience opened the door of opportunity to record their first album entitled, "Give Him The Glory" at Capital Records. It was during this time that "Friends" changed their name to "L.A. MASS CHOIR." The Donald Taylor & L.A. Mass Choir hit the ground running and was on the Billboard charts at #2 and remained there for 12 weeks. Their second album, entitled "Can't Hold Back" came on the billboard charts at #1 for 32 weeks, with the #1 hit "That’s When You Blessed Me," which sold over a million albums.
L.A. Mass Choir was one of the most popular choral groups of the early 80's and 90's. The group sang a variety of gospel styles ranging from traditional gospel to contemporary Christian material. Over the course of their 5 albums, they were nominated for Stellar and Excellence awards and received a Grammy Nomination for the 2nd album "Can't Hold Back".
L.A. Mass would frequently appear on the Gospel Album Charts and traveled across the country leaving their mark. L. A Mass appeared at the Kennedy Center, "East Coast meets West Coast" along with New Jersey Mass Choir. It was a Mass Choir Affair. The L.A. Mass Choir also made many guest appearances with different secular artist such as, Neal Diamond, Gerald Albright, Tevin Campbell, Christina Aguilera and Patty Labelle.
They were featured on the Five Heart Beats Soundtrack & Movie and Hair Spray Soundtrack. They also were on television shows such as Scrubs, Belles, the 2007 American Music Awards (where they backed up Queen Latifah), George Duke, the Diana Ross Special in the late 70's, Four Play and many more.
A small number of L.A. Mass members traveled with Donald Taylor's pastor, Bishop Kenneth C. Ulmer, to sing in the Bahamas and London, England. The L.A. Mass Choir's music can still be heard all over the world, even in China. In November 2009 L.A. Mass Choir did their first Reunion Concert with 1,800 in attendance in Inglewood, California. They had a full house November 2015, at the Cerritos Performing Art Center with a full concert and recording and also introducing "L.A. Mass: Next Generation."