Interesting Facts about the Gospel Genre
"Take me Back" by Andrae Couch
“Take Me Back” was released in the year of 1975 along with other songs in the Couch’s gospel album, which took on the same title. This song utilized common elements of gospel music including call and response and stuck true to this common notion that gospel music changed and was heavily influenced by the style of secular music that was popular during the time. This can be said because this song reflects that of a soulful tone, although soul music prevailed in the 1950s and 1960s, soul music utilized repetition, call and response, and instrumentation. And Couch’s Song does just this as there is repetition of the call and response phrase “Take Me Back”, there is also a combination the trumpet, drums, piano, stringed instruments, and other instruments as well.
Pictures of Andrae Couch and the Walls Group
"Perfect People" The Wall's Group
Nearly 35 years after “Take Me Back” was released, the song “Perfect People” was released in 2014 by gospel group The Walls Group. It was a part of their debut album Fast Forward. As mentioned above this song, also incorporated musical elements that were reflected in popular secular songs of the time. In 2014, music was heavily influenced by contemporary R&B, Pop and Hip-Hop music. Some elements of Hip-hop are instrumental tracks; eleme
Looking At Them Both
These two songs definitely showcase how the evolution of gospel music. Although, they both use different musical elements to convey their lyrical messages, their messages and musical styles are similar in that they were meant to reflect what their audiences need to hear during their respective time frames.
I enjoyed this deep study about the history and the evolution of gospel music. If I had not commenced this research, I would I never thought to examine the way in which gospel music has changed. I would not have realized that gospel music change in accordance to the time period. Because of this study I have not only grown a more in depth knowledge about the history of gospel music, but I also have developed a deeper appreciation.