Wednesday, April 25, 2001 at 1:00am

While contemporary gospel performers like Yolanda Adams and Kirk Franklin are enjoying impressive sales and sizeable crossover attention, such traditional ensembles as The Blind Boys of Alabama, Fairfield Four and Swan Silvertones retain faithful, if much smaller, followings.

Several new releases featuring these acts not only demonstrate the diversity of material that can accurately be considered gospel, they also highlight the genre

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