Gospel music emerged from African Americans who sought a new form of music to express their religious beliefs. It began in urban cities after the Great Migration. Traditional gospel music has many qualities that mimic the style of past negro spiritual. Historically, music has been a form of escape for black people who faced hard conditions whether it is through enslavement, civil rights, or even the inequitable forms of discrimination that prevail today. Biblical scripture and reliance on the Lord is what many black communities turn to when seeking higher reasoning, assistance, or hope.
Gospel music utilizes many musical instruments including choirs, pianos, drums, bass guitar, and many more.