Marvin Sapp: A Gospel Legend

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The Legacy of Mahalia Jackson

/*! elementor – v3.7.8 – 02-10-2022 */ .elementor-heading-title{padding:0;margin:0;line-height:1}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title[class*=elementor-size-]>a{color:inherit;font-size:inherit;line-height:inherit}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-small{font-size:15px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-medium{font-size:19px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-large{font-size:29px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xl{font-size:39px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xxl{font-size:59px} Introduction This post will examine the early life of Mahalia Jackson, her influences on music, and the legacy that she has left behind. Early Life  Mahalia Jackson was born on October 11th, 1911 in New Orleans, Louisiana to John A. Jackson […]

Changing with the Times: Gospel Music Throughout History

Introduction Gospel Music has been around since 1920s and continues to be a popular genre until today. Since the start of this genre, it is shown that even though it has a very focused on spreading the message of God, there is still an influence that comes form the popular genres of the time. Through […]

A Century of Gospel: 1920 to 2020

Introduction The gospel portion was one I was really looking forward to beginning Survey of African-American Music. I was raised in church, and to be completely honest, the music reeled me in more than a lot of sermons. I consider music, coupled with prayer, to be my primary source of praise. With all of this […]

Evolution of Gospel

The Incredible Timeline of Gospel Evolution By: Alexia Khalil 1920’s: There are not a lot of details available about her, but Mother McCollum was one of the first folk artists to combine gospel elements with her music. She was known for her guitar picking and soulfully singing. Like many women in the music industry, back […]

Lee Williams & The Spiritual QC’s

During the 1960’s, the Jubilee Quartet timeline had made its rounds towards their gospel period, this being a prime time for a variety of artists to step into the light, with Lee Williams and his quartet starring as one of those artists. Background Williams was born in Tupelo, Mississippi on July 28, 1946. Mitchell Thornton– […]

Best Gospel Songs by Decade – As Someone Who Has Never Listened to Gospel

Best Gospel Songs by Decade – As Someone Who Has Never Listened to Gospel Until I came to Spelman, I had never purposely listened to much gospel music. I was raised by a white mother and never once stepped foot into a Black church… much less any church for that matter. However, while I am […]

Gospel: Praise Over the Time Periods

Gospel: Praise Over the Time Periods Gospel is the religious, Christian music. Much like all music over time, Gospel has changed and developed. Gospel music is significant for many, as it is both a form of music and religious expression. Gospel music began in the early 1900s and has remained a popular form of music […]

Gospel Through the Decades

All Aboard the Gospel Train By: Demi Browder For those like me who wasn’t too heavily experienced with gospel, hop on this train to take a gospel trip down memory lane. Traditional, jazzy, blues, folk, hip-hop, pop, and jubilee, we have it all! Sit back and enjoy the scenary. First Stop: 1920s Mother McCollum was […]

Long Live Gospel

LONG LIVE GOSPEL by Lila Gilliam Gospel has existed as a fusion genre since its inception from the jubilee era to the present trap era. It has always been a genre that has reflected popular music because Gospel is classified by its lyrics, topics, and themes rather than by musical style. It is a timeless […]

Kirk Franklin

Introduction Gospel as we know it emerged in the late nineteenth, early twentieth century alongside contemporaries such as Ragtime, Blues and Jazz. Although, Gospel seems not to have been established too long ago, it is deeply rooted in the slavery era, where spirituals were sung and ring shouts were still being performed. Gospel music is […]

Gospel Through the Span of 100 years

Gospel Through the Span of 100 years 1920’s This is “Glory! Glory! Hallelujah” by Mother McCollum. In the 1920’s ragtime was extremely popular and you can hear the influence of ragtime in many gospel songs at this time. You also hear elements of folk and blues music, especially in this song because of the banjo […]

Transitional Gospel vs. New Gospel

Transitional gospel can be defined as ‘holiness-pentecostal-style’ music. This kind of gospel emerged in the 40s with artist like sister Rosetta Tharpe paving the way. Transitional gospel was influenced by the doctrines of the holiness movement, it was even common for church services to be filled with spirited congregational singing and even shouting. Transitional style […]

Tamela Mann: From Gospel to the Big Screen

/*! elementor – v3.5.5 – 03-02-2022 */ .elementor-widget-image{text-align:center}.elementor-widget-image a{display:inline-block}.elementor-widget-image a img[src$=”.svg”]{width:48px}.elementor-widget-image img{vertical-align:middle;display:inline-block} Tamela Mann was born on June 9, 1966 in Limestone County, Texas. She is an American Gospel Artist known for both acting and singing. She began her career as a singer with the gospel group Kirk Franklin and the Family. She was a […]

Melodies From Heaven

Gospel has changed over the last few decades. Various artists are discovering and creating new sounds to use for gospel music. In this post, we will discuss the different types of gospel music and how the sounds have changed over time.  The Waves of Gospel Gospel used to be considered the preaching of sermons. As […]

The Evolution of Quartets in the African American Community

/*! elementor – v3.5.6 – 28-02-2022 */ .elementor-heading-title{padding:0;margin:0;line-height:1}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title[class*=elementor-size-]>a{color:inherit;font-size:inherit;line-height:inherit}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-small{font-size:15px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-medium{font-size:19px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-large{font-size:29px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xl{font-size:39px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xxl{font-size:59px} Introduction Jubilee Quartets paved the way for many music groups and genres. Following negro spirituals, jubilee quartets originated in the mid-1800s, mostly at historically Black colleges such as Clark Atlanta University, Fisk University, and Hampton University. They’re a Capella vocal group […]

Negro Spirituals: Selah Jubilee Singers

Spirituals or Negro Spirituals, consist of christian music that is from the creation of generations of African-Americans. Negro Spirituals often lyricize the struggles of the African-American community as well as African-American Cultural Traditions. Some famous groups and singers that performed Negro spirituals consist of The Fisk Jubilee singers, Hall Johnson and The Golden Gate Quartet. […]


/*! elementor – v3.6.4 – 13-04-2022 */ .elementor-heading-title{padding:0;margin:0;line-height:1}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title[class*=elementor-size-]>a{color:inherit;font-size:inherit;line-height:inherit}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-small{font-size:15px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-medium{font-size:19px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-large{font-size:29px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xl{font-size:39px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xxl{font-size:59px} FATHER OF GOSPEL MUSIC Thomas A. Dorsey was originally a blues singer. During his time as a blues singer, he went by the name Georgia Tom. At the beginning of his career, Dorsey made his money singing off-color blues. Although Dorsey […]

Praise His Name: A Gospel Post

Keeping the Clark Sisters Legend Alive The Clark SistersPictured here are the legendary Clark SistersThe Clark Sheard FamilyPictured here is the Clark-Sheard FamilyKierra SheardPictured here is Kierra Sheard, daughter and niece of The Clark Sisters. Previous Next Gospel Music is a genre of music rooted in spiritual beliefs and experiences. The Gospel music originated in […]

From Negro Spirituals to Gospel Music

/*! elementor – v3.5.5 – 03-02-2022 */ .elementor-heading-title{padding:0;margin:0;line-height:1}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title[class*=elementor-size-]>a{color:inherit;font-size:inherit;line-height:inherit}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-small{font-size:15px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-medium{font-size:19px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-large{font-size:29px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xl{font-size:39px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xxl{font-size:59px} From Negro Spiritual to Gospel Music Negro Spirituals played a prevalent role in slavery and African American religion. In 1860, slave owners liked to control everything their slaves said, did, and believed. They forced Christianity on slaves and manipulated the religion […]