Gospel Music has evolved long since the days of the Clark Sisters and John P Kee
Gospel music is music that is about God. Past gospel music stars such as the Clark Sisters, Fred Hammond, and Mahalia Jackson popularized gospel music. They will have a long lasting impact on the way that we see gospel music today.
“For those of you who think that gospel music has gone too far, they think we’ve gotten to radical with our message, well I’ve got news for you, you ain’t heard nothing yet! And if you don’t know, now you know” – Kirk Franklin.
This might have been one of the most important quotes to mark the turn of gospel music by the leader of its “Revolution”, Kirk Franklin”. Kirk Franklin put a beat in the music, and made it something that people would want to dance to. To this day, club DJ’s will play “Stomp” in their mixes, and the whole dance floor becomes full.
Then came Mary Mary. Mary Mary also aided in making gospel music FUN! “Take the shackles off my feet so I can dance” is a praise song that will get you out of your seat soon as the beat dropped. This happened in the late 1990’s early 2000’s. Some of those church mothers and old bishops were not happy, others were to busy dancing!
Lecrae totally changed the game with his rap beats. Lecrae also brought a certain “realness” to gospel music with adding rap to it.
And lastly, Jonathan Mcreynolds… everyone’s new favorite contemporary gospel artist has made a long lasting impact on the sincerity of gospel music. I would say that he is the NBA Younboy of gospel music. His sincerity and realness of the struggles that christian’s face in the world has spoken to the hearts of the people.