Marvin Sapp: A Gospel Legend

/*! elementor – v3.8.1 – 13-11-2022 */ .elementor-heading-title{padding:0;margin:0;line-height:1}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title[class*=elementor-size-]>a{color:inherit;font-size:inherit;line-height:inherit}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-small{font-size:15px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-medium{font-size:19px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-large{font-size:29px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xl{font-size:39px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xxl{font-size:59px} Introduction Bishop Marvin Louis Sapp Sr. was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on January 28, 1967. He began singing at the age of four, as he would make his debut at his local church, and then with a variety of Gospel […]

Dorothy Love Coates

/*! elementor – v3.8.1 – 13-11-2022 */ .elementor-heading-title{padding:0;margin:0;line-height:1}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title[class*=elementor-size-]>a{color:inherit;font-size:inherit;line-height:inherit}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-small{font-size:15px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-medium{font-size:19px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-large{font-size:29px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xl{font-size:39px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xxl{font-size:59px} Dorothy Love Coates (January 30th 1928-April 9th 2002 was an American gospel artist) /*! elementor – v3.8.1 – 13-11-2022 */ .elementor-widget-image{text-align:center}.elementor-widget-image a{display:inline-block}.elementor-widget-image a img[src$=”.svg”]{width:48px}.elementor-widget-image img{vertical-align:middle;display:inline-block} Early/middle/Late years Dorothy started playing piano in a Baptist church when her mother in father got […]

Gospel music of the 1970s and 1980s

/*! elementor – v3.8.0 – 30-10-2022 */ .elementor-heading-title{padding:0;margin:0;line-height:1}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title[class*=elementor-size-]>a{color:inherit;font-size:inherit;line-height:inherit}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-small{font-size:15px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-medium{font-size:19px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-large{font-size:29px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xl{font-size:39px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xxl{font-size:59px} Sequoia Simmons and Lauren Forney What is Gospel: Gospel music is a sacred music genre that emerged in the 1920s out of a combination of sacred hymns, spirituals, shouts, jubilee quartet songs, and black devotional songs with noticeable blues and jazz […]

The Legacy of Mahalia Jackson

/*! elementor – v3.7.8 – 02-10-2022 */ .elementor-heading-title{padding:0;margin:0;line-height:1}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title[class*=elementor-size-]>a{color:inherit;font-size:inherit;line-height:inherit}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-small{font-size:15px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-medium{font-size:19px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-large{font-size:29px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xl{font-size:39px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xxl{font-size:59px} Introduction This post will examine the early life of Mahalia Jackson, her influences on music, and the legacy that she has left behind. Early Life  Mahalia Jackson was born on October 11th, 1911 in New Orleans, Louisiana to John A. Jackson […]

Mahalia Jackson Story

Mahalia Jackson’s accomplishments and artistry ushered in the Golden Age of Gospel, lifting the genre from churches and revivals into mainstream American music, where it remains in present time. /*! elementor – v3.9.0 – 06-12-2022 */ .elementor-heading-title{padding:0;margin:0;line-height:1}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title[class*=elementor-size-]>a{color:inherit;font-size:inherit;line-height:inherit}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-small{font-size:15px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-medium{font-size:19px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-large{font-size:29px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xl{font-size:39px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xxl{font-size:59px} The very beginnning… Born on October 26th, 1911 in New Orleans, Louisiana, […]

Birth of Gospel

Gospel music birthed from Negro spirituals remains one of the most influential genres in the world offering hope and faith for many throughout the continued suppression of the African American society and imposed systems of oppression. /*! elementor – v3.7.7 – 20-09-2022 */ .elementor-heading-title{padding:0;margin:0;line-height:1}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title[class*=elementor-size-]>a{color:inherit;font-size:inherit;line-height:inherit}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-small{font-size:15px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-medium{font-size:19px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-large{font-size:29px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xl{font-size:39px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xxl{font-size:59px} Beginning of Gospel /*! elementor […]

The Change of Gospel Overtime(Decades)

By: MacKenzie Fox Gospel is constantly changing overtime and will continue to do so. Gospel was first formed by the transformation of negro spirituals to gospel during the Jubilee transitional period. As time has passed, artists have incorporated gospel with other genre’s of music to keep up with the different generations present and their likings […]

Mary Mary, New Age Gospel

Mary Mary: Gospel Sister Duo Early Career The Mary Mary group is a duo of two sisters, Erica and Tina Atkins, whom of which grew up in Inglewood, California. Being raised in a Christian household, they also sang in the church choirs throughout their childhood. Mary Mary chased after their dream of continuing their music […]

The Impact of Gospel Music

Gospel music is the new age or twentieth-century form of African American religious music. It evolved in urban cities such as Chicago, Detroit, New York, and others following the Great Migration. The term “gospel music” was not widely used until the 1930s. Around this time, Thomas Dorsey was named the “Father of Gospel Music”. He […]

Fred Hammond – Pioneer of Contemporary Gospel Music

/*! elementor – v3.5.5 – 03-02-2022 */ .elementor-heading-title{padding:0;margin:0;line-height:1}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title[class*=elementor-size-]>a{color:inherit;font-size:inherit;line-height:inherit}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-small{font-size:15px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-medium{font-size:19px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-large{font-size:29px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xl{font-size:39px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xxl{font-size:59px} Fred Hammond Fred Hammond is a Grammy Award winning contemporary gospel artist from Detroit, Michigan, known for using R&B, hip-hop, and disco styles in his music. For over 35 years, Hammond has been known as pioneer in the gospel music industry […]

How Gospel Music Is Affected By Popular Music Genres

/*! elementor – v3.5.5 – 03-02-2022 */ .elementor-heading-title{padding:0;margin:0;line-height:1}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title[class*=elementor-size-]>a{color:inherit;font-size:inherit;line-height:inherit}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-small{font-size:15px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-medium{font-size:19px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-large{font-size:29px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xl{font-size:39px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xxl{font-size:59px} INTRODUCTION Since the nineteenth century, gospel music has been a way for slaves and African Americans to worship God. Evolving from Negro Spirituals, gospel was first found in Invisible Churches where slaves would meet secretly and preach the gospel of the […]

Changing with the Times: Gospel Music Throughout History

Introduction Gospel Music has been around since 1920s and continues to be a popular genre until today. Since the start of this genre, it is shown that even though it has a very focused on spreading the message of God, there is still an influence that comes form the popular genres of the time. Through […]

A Century of Gospel: 1920 to 2020

Introduction The gospel portion was one I was really looking forward to beginning Survey of African-American Music. I was raised in church, and to be completely honest, the music reeled me in more than a lot of sermons. I consider music, coupled with prayer, to be my primary source of praise. With all of this […]

Evolution of Gospel

The Incredible Timeline of Gospel Evolution By: Alexia Khalil 1920’s: There are not a lot of details available about her, but Mother McCollum was one of the first folk artists to combine gospel elements with her music. She was known for her guitar picking and soulfully singing. Like many women in the music industry, back […]

Negro Spirituals To Gospel

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A Look: Gospel by the Decades

This week we are diving into the topic of Gospel. I personally was in the church on and off growing up, but I never really resonated with it. It always felt like I was forced to go to something I was not interested in. Therefore I have a little knowledge regarding Gospel music, but I […]

Is Hip-Hop the New Gospel?

For years, the Gospel genre of music has provided a way for people to maintain balance in their lives. With every life lesson in the bible, there was a general take away that motivated people to keep pushing: acknowledging that things would get better soon. However, as time goes by, and as the minds of […]

Dorothy Love Coates and The Gospel Harmonettes

/*! elementor – v3.5.5 – 03-02-2022 */ .elementor-heading-title{padding:0;margin:0;line-height:1}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title[class*=elementor-size-]>a{color:inherit;font-size:inherit;line-height:inherit}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-small{font-size:15px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-medium{font-size:19px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-large{font-size:29px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xl{font-size:39px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xxl{font-size:59px} Dorothy Love Coates and The Gospel Harmonettes The Gospel Harmonettes was a female gospel singing group of the 1950’s through the 70’s. Their most recognizable member, Dorothy Love Coates, led the group, along with memebers during her time, Mildred Miller, Vera […]

What inspired Gospel music?

The evolution of gospel music and how it was produced in the 1700s will be mainly discussed in this post.

Lee Williams & The Spiritual QC’s

During the 1960’s, the Jubilee Quartet timeline had made its rounds towards their gospel period, this being a prime time for a variety of artists to step into the light, with Lee Williams and his quartet starring as one of those artists. Background Williams was born in Tupelo, Mississippi on July 28, 1946. Mitchell Thornton– […]