Gospel

Gospel Music is the 20th century form of African American religious music that evolved in urban cities following the Great Migration of African Americans. It wasn’t until 1930 that gospel music gained  repertoire, performance style and widespread usage among blacks across denominational lines.

Thomas Dorsey was known as the father of Gospel Music. During the early 1930s, Thomas Dorsey created gospel music , the African American religious music which married secular blues to a sacred text. Under the name “Georgia Tom” he performed with blues artist Ma Rainey and her Wild Cats Jazz Band. He wrote over 400 compositions, but it is for “Take My Hand, Precious Lord” that he is best known for.

Different Types of Gospel Music

Gospel Videography

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