Gospel Music

Throughout the history of gospel music there has been a soulful purpose to the gospel songs and gospel music lyrics. Christian music in general seeks to provide a medium for the faithful to worship and spread the gospel throughout the world and gospel music is no exception. Gospel Music, by definition, proclaims the Gospel as found in scripture rather than just singing praise. Like other forms of Christian music the creation, performance, significance, and even the definition of gospel music varies according to culture and social context. Gospel music is composed and performed for many purposes, including aesthetic pleasure, religious or ceremonial purposes, and as an entertainment product for the marketplace. However, a common theme of most gospel music is praise, worship or thanks to God, Christ, or the Holy Spirit. The precise origin of gospel music lyrics is basically unknown because the early days of gospel music were largely un-documented or records don t exist anymore. In the days of slavery in this country, the slaves made music, probably the forerunner to current day gospel music, a part of their everyday lives as they worked the fields. The slaves developed customs that encouraged others to join in their gospel music singing in the fields and sing along. As the slaves were freed and began to migrate into large cities, they brought their music into the churches they began to attend. In the early 20th century promoters began offer gospel music in more public venues and as money making enterprises. Gospel music artists range from those who would be rock and roll artists to those who would be country and bluegrass gospel, largely because they began singing gospel music as children in their churches and transformed that experience into a career singing gospel music or returning to their gospel music roots after a career in other music genre. Today gospel music is an element in regular radio program playlists and it has become especially prevalent on Christian and country television networks. Gospel music continues to be influenced by other genre of music but gospel music also influences other genre. Through it all though, gospel music still holds onto its fundamental characteristic of bringing scripture to life in music. This genre of music has spawned the modern day Southern Gospel music.

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