Gospel by Olivia Tomlinson

The origin of black gospel finds it roots within negro spirituals. Gospel began to rise in the 1930s.  Thomas Dorsey, known as the father of Gospel, combined the rhythms of blues and jubilee quartets to create the sound of gospel. In the beginning, this style wasn’t popular, because it had secular music ties.  Gospel influenced genres like soul music, with many soul musicians having started their careers within the church or singing gospel. There are three types of gospel: traditional, contemporary, and transitional.