A Century of Gospel – Gospel Through the Decades
Gospel music is an African American religious music that emerged in the earliest 20th century within urban cities following the Great Migration of African Americans from the rural South to the urban North. From the genre’s origins in the 1920s and 30s to today, gospel music has evolved and developed in several ways that reflect its origins in the African American community and the intersection between the African American religious community and African American music.
"I Shall Wear A Crown" - Arizona Juanita Dranes
The song “I Shall Wear A Crown” was recorded by the artist Arizona Juanita Dranes in 1928. Dranes was a member of the Church of God in Christ (COGIC) Church, a church which, along with Pentecostalism, had huge influences on the development of gospel music. This song is sung in the transitional gospel style because it was created and sung during the period in-between the former folk spiritual style of religious music and the development of traditional gospel music. Dranes’ singing, in particular, is interesting because she also incorporated a ragtime-like style in her songs.
"Precious Lord, Take My Hand" - The Heavenly Gospel Singers
Earliest known recording of “Precious Lord, Take My Hand” by The Heavenly Gospel Singers
Performance of “Precious Lord, Take My Hand” by notable singer, Mahalia Jackson