Gospel music is a genre of Christian music that originated negro spirituals and hymns. Gospel music is not secular, it is a reminder for Christians of the higher power we praise, the higher power being God. Gospel music promotes a spiritual connection with God and Christians. Gospel music gained popularity in the 1930s after negro spirituals. Famous gospel musicians today include: Kirk Franklin, Tasha Cobbs, Tamela Mann, and more. Gospel music today is upbeat and has more instrumental use.