Gospel music originated in the early 17th century in the Southern United States. It is a form of Christian music rooted in the solo and responsive church singing. It was considered the African American spiritual, which had already been around in the forms of hymns and “call and response” for centuries before Gospel became popular. Most churches relied on hand clapping and foot stomping as rhythmic background in addition to a cappella. Songs that were written by African American Composers focused on biblical themes and drew from spirituals as the source for the development of Gospel.
During the early development, Gospel featured simple piano and organ accompaniment, and male quartets were popular. Over the years, many artists have emerged and taken Gospel beyond just the black church. Today, songs are performed as solos or by small or large groups, and by both men and women of all ages.
“African American Gospel : Ritual and Worship : Musical Styles : Articles and Essays : The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America : Digital Collections : Library of Congress.” The Library of Congress, www.loc.gov/collections/songs-of-america/articles-and-essays/musical-styles/ritual-and-worship/african-american-gospel.
“Gospel Music.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 12 Sept. 2021, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gospel_music.
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