Gospel Music Through the Years (1920-2020)

1920

“He Is My Story” by Arizona Dranes is an example of traditional Gospel music from the late 1920s. The song talks about praising the Lord for “all the day long.” 

1930

Thomas A. Dorsey, the Father of Gospel Music wrote “Take my Hand, Precious Lord” in 1938. This song is an example of traditional of Gospel music. 

1940

“Rock Me” by Sister Rosetta Tharpe was released in the early 40s. Her use of the guitar was new for Gospel music, but the song is still considered to me traditional Gospel. Sister Tharpe also influence the genre Rock and Roll. 

1950

The Caravans Gospel group recorded “Mary Don’t You Weep” in 1958.  The traditional Gospel group was founded by Robert Anderson in Chicago, IL.

1960

Reverend James Cleveland’s “Peace Be Still” was released in 1962. His song was a introduction to contemporary Gospel music through its musical arrangement and strong sound. 

1970

“My Cup Runneth Over” by The Clark Sisters was recorded on their album in 1979. This song falls into the contemporary Gospel category with elements of traditional Gospel. 

1980

“Up Where We Belong” was released in the early 1980s. “Up Where We Belong” is a song performed by a sister and brother duo, Cece and Bebe Winans; they are a contemporary Gospel music group. 

1990

Fred Hammond recorded “When the Spirit of the Lord” in the late 90s. This song is contemporary style Gospel. The song has various vocal and instrumental arrangements. 

2000

Kirk Franklin is a well-known contemporary Gospel artist. One of his songs from the mid-2000s includes “Imagine Me” also falls under contemporary style.  

2010

Mary Mary is a sister Gospel duo. Their popularity has crossed over multiple decades. Their song “Walking” (2011) is an example of contemporary Gospel. 

2020

Tamela Mann’s “Touch from You” was released in 2021. Her song and music style, in general, is considered contemporary Gospel. 


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