African American music is the root of many musical genres. Many of these genres embody the struggle, empowerment, human rights and perseverance of the African American community. Although, many White artists have gotten the credit for our unique sounds it is important to understand the foundations of genres such as gospel, rock and roll, soul, jazz and even folk music. The interesting thing about studying the evolution of African American music is its ties to our history. Every era brought on a different type of sound based on the reality of that time and that is what allows me to appreciate African American music even more. It is evident that it is very important to understand African American music to help understand other types of music.

Imani Whyte-Boyd

Imani Whyte-Boyd

Anita Baker

Anita Baker was born on January 26, 1958, in Toledo, Ohio.  Growing up she performed for church congregations. After singing church and rhythm-and-blues music between the

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Mike Huckaby

Mike Huckaby is a record producer known for his contributions to Detroit electronic music. Huckaby has produced music on his two labels called Deep Transportation,

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Andrae Crouch

Andrae Crouch was born in San Francisco, California to two bi-vocational pastors. He believed that he received the gift of music as a child when his

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