Personally, I grew up all 20 years of my life surrounded by church members. My grandfather is a pastor as my godfather is a pastor as well. My parents are prominent members of the church as well. Growing up in a black Pentecostal, I was able to hear a variety of gospel music that I personally feel embodies negro spirituals. Hand clapping, stomping, ‘shouting’ and the call-response way of singing are all present within church. Even the moments where services last from the morning until late into the evening. As time continues, the music proceeds to evolve by taking specific characteristics and creating something new. Negro spiritual takes some similarities from Secular Folk Music and used it to provide a more spiritual or religious twist to the music.
Gospel artists like Tasha Cobbs, Tamela Mann, Tye Tribbett, Fred Hammond, Kierra Sheard and etc, use these types of methods during worship. As an example, Todd Galberth’s song, Lord You Are Good, uses the call-response to get the audience engaged. As a participant of many services like these, it is better to understand the lyrics as well as communicate through this mode of musical selection. I personally believe it is a deeper connection between the higher power and the individual participating. As time progresses, I have no doubt that there will be another type of music that uses the same components that negro spirituals previously used.