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Gospel music is music written to express either a personal or a spiritual belief regarding Christian life.
A common theme of most gospel music is praise, worship or thanks to God,or the Holy Spirit, God's love.
Gospel music is an American religious musical form that has its origin from the West Africans enslaved in the American South. They sang songs on plantations and hymns in church.
Gospel music is composed and performed for many purposes: aesthetic pleasure, religious or ceremonial purposes, and as an entertainment product.
Gospel style makes use of choral singing in unison or harmony, often, but not always, led by a lead singer or singers. The songs are performed with fervent enthusiasm, vigor, and spiritual inspiration, with much ornamentation in the solo vocal lines.
A composer and pianist Thomas A. Dorsey, "the father of the gospel song," played a major role in the development of gospel music.
Famous gospel singers are Mahalia Jackson, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Alex Bradford, James Cleveland, The Swan Silver Tones, The Mighty Clouds of Joy, The Dixie Hummingbirds, and The Five Blind Boys of Mississippi.
Gospel had a strong influence on many rock’n’roll singers. A rock ‘n’ roll singer Rick Nelson (1940-1985) Sam Riley
Stylistic origins: Christian hymns, Negro spirituals Cultural origins: USA Typical instruments: piano, Hammond organ, guitar, horns, drums, bass guitar. Mainstream popularity: 1900s Subgenres: 1) Urban contemporary gospel, 2) Southern gospel Fusion genres : Christian country music
Aaron Shust “My Savior My God” I am not skilled to understand What God has willed, what God has planned I only know at His right hand Stands One who is my Savior I take Him at his word and deed Christ died to save me this I read And in my heart I find a need For Him to be my Savior That He would leave His place on high And come for sinful man to die You count it strange, but once did I Before I knew my Savior My Savior loves, my Savior lives My Savior's always there for me My God He was, my God He is My God He's always gonna be Yes, living, dying; let me bring My strength, my solace from this spring That He who lives to be my King Once died to be my Savior