- British Black Gospel:
- Southern Gospel Music:
- Christian Gospel Music:
The word ‘Gospel’ means ‘good news.’ Ask yourself this question. Have you ever heard a song that rose above the cliché trending genres and satisfied your inner human? Yes, that’s the Gospel. Gospel music gives you a feeling of strong Christianity, and it is one of the vehicles through which Christianity has been spread to audiences all over the world.
It is deeply rooted in the rich traditions of the African-American church. In short, it is a genre of Christian music. The significance, performance, and creation of Gospel music holds a myriad of importance in the Christian culture and context.
Gospel Genres and Subgenres:
British black Gospel came into being in the late the 19th and early 20th century alongside ragtime, blues, and Jazz. The origin of this genre lies in both black and white music of 19th century, including slave songs and white hymnody.
Fast forward to today’s era; black Gospel music still holds significant importance in the music industry. It has produced some of the finest names in William Murphy, Whitney Houston, and Tasha Cobbs. ‘Break Every Chain’ by Tasha Cobbs was composed by Will Reagan, produced by VaShawn, and it was released as the album’s lead single.
Southern Gospel, also termed as quartet music, established itself as a firm subgenre of Gospel in 1910. However, due to the uncertainty of its future and lack of resources, this subgenre existed for only 35 years.
Christian Gospel music, sometimes called Christians country music, is a subgenre of Gospel music, which adds a pinch of country flair. Over the years, it has progressed into a mainstream country sound with inspirational lyrics. ‘What A Beautiful Name’ by Hillsong Worship tops the list from Christian Gospel Music. The lyrics carried a lot of soul and effort to the music:
“What a Beautiful Name it is
What a Beautiful Name it is
The Name of Jesus Christ, my King.”
This song was awarded a Grammy award for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance. Released in 2016, ‘What A Beautiful Name’ was written and led by Brooke Ligertwood. It refers to the promise of salvation through Jesus Christ. This song also won two Dove awards for Song of the Year and Worship Song of the Year in 2017.