Questions & Answers

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What is Gospel Music?

  • Gospel Music is Christian music used for worship, ceremonial purposes, and entertainment surrounding the praise of God and/or Jesus Christ.
  • The music often has dominant vocals and uses Christian lyrics.
  • The music developed from hymns and sacred songs.


When did Gospel Music Start?

  • Most historians see the start of gospel music in the early seventh-century with black oral traditions.
  • These traditions were stemmed from the call and response fashion using hymn and sacred songs. The music elements stemmed from elements in Africans music.
  • Early gospel relied on hand clapping and foot stomping as musical accompaniment that would be replaced by musical instruments.
  • The first published use of ‘Gospel Song’ was with Philip Bliss released a songbook titled Gospel Songs.


When did Gospel Music begin to become popular?

  • The religious revival in the late nineteenth-century which employed many gospel songwriters and singers.
  • Another turning point is with the advent of radio in the 1920s. This brought gospel music to a wider audience.
  • After the Second World War, Gospel Music moved to larger venues with more extravagant performances. This brought it to the mainstream music and big artists were influenced by gospel music.


What are the genres of gospel music?

  • Bluegrass Gospel Music
  • Southern Gospel
  • Celtic Gospel Music
  • Gospel Blues
  • Contemporary Gospel
  • Urban Contemporary Gospel
  • Christian Country Music
  • British Black Gospel
  • Progressive Southern Gospel
  • Modern Gospel Music (praise and worship music)


What types of instruments are used?

  • Piano or Hammond Organ
  • Tambourines
  • Drums
  • Bass Guitar
  • Electric Guitar


Who are big artists of gospel music?

  • Sleepy John Estes
  • Bukka White
  • Blind Willie Mctell
  • Blind Boy Fuller
  • Josh White
  • Sam Collins
  • Charley Patton
  • Reverend Gary Davis
  • Sister Rosetta Tharpe
  • Blind Willie Johnson
  • Boyd Rivers
  • Skip James
  • Reverend Robert Wilkins
  • Ishman Bracey
  • D. Sumner and The Stamps
  • Elvis Presley
  • Anthony Burger
  • The Cathedrals
  • The Legacy Five
  • Ernie Haase and Signature Sound
  • Crabb Family
  • The Isaacs
  • Tommy Brandt
  • David L Cook
  • Lisa Daggs
  • Gayla Earlene
  • George Hamilton IV
  • Mike Manuel
  • Jody Miller
  • Lul Roman
  • Susie Luchsinger


Which artists are influenced by gospel music?

  • The Statler Brothers
  • Ricky Skaggs
  • Elvis Presley
  • Carl Perkins
  • Dolly Parton
  • Braid Paisley
  • Patsy Cline
  • Johnny Cash
  • The Oak Ridge Boys
  • Willie Nelson
  • Loretta Lynn
  • Jerry Lee Lewis
  • Kentucky Thunder
  • Alan Jackson
  • Larry Gatlin
  • Bob Dyan
  • Travis Trit

How is gospel music used in churches?

  • Gospel music is used in place of hymns in during a church service.
  • Gospel Music brings the congregation into the service through the interactive aspect of the music.

What is the meaning of contemporary gospel music?

  • Contemporary gospel music follows the trends of secular contemporary music trends. Urban/contemporary gospel is a recent subgenre of gospel music that has become popular.
  • Another type is Christian hip hop as a subtype of urban/contemporary gospel music.
  • Contemporary gospel music is characterized by the songs having dominant vocals, usually performed by a soloist.
  • The genre uses common instruments include drums, electric guitar, bass guitar, and keyboards