Sing Hallelujah

Gospel music is the 20th century form of African American religious music that evolved in urban cities following the Great Migration of Blacks from the rural South around the time of World Wars I and II. In the early decades of the twentieth century, the musical foundation for this genre was laid in several different contexts, it was not until the 1930s that the term “gospel music,” as well as its range and distinctive performance style, gained widespread usage among Blacks across denominational lines. Folk spirituals would be considered one of the earliest forms of this type of music created by African Americans during slavery. Gospel has transformed the culture of music we know today. This genre includes elements like shouting, speaking in tongues, and call-response. There is also different types of gospel music. Traditional gospel is black religious music that emerged in urban areas during the 1930s. Contemporary gospel music derives from post-1970s gospel that embraces elements of R&B, rock, funk, jazz, and other popular styles, usually performed by a small ensemble.