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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

A Century of Gospel – Gospel Through the Decades

A Century of Gospel – Gospel Through the Decades Gospel music is an African American religious music that emerged in the earliest 20th century within urban cities following the Great Migration of African Americans from the rural South to the urban North. From the genre’s origins in the 1920s and 30s to today, gospel music […]

Gospel Music

Gospel Music Gospel music is a genre of Christian music and it can be traced back to the early 17th century. Gospel music is composed and performed for purposes such as, religious and ceremonial. Hymns and sacred songs were often repeated in a call and response fashion. Most churches relied on hand clapping and foot […]

The Golden Gate Quartet: A Glimpse into the Transitional Period

How it All Began The Transitional Period 1930 – 1945  The group was founded as “The Golden Gate Jubilee Singers” in 1934. The group was formed by four students at Booker T. Washington High School in Norfolk, Virginia. The original members were Willie Johnson (baritone), William Langford (tenor), Henry Owens (second tenor), and Orlandus Wilson […]