Summertime is a great time to dress more casually, sit back and linger in the memories of the good ol’ gospel tunes written years ago, but held close to the hearts of God’s people today. Gospel music is a music genre in Christian music. The creation, performance, significance, and even the definition of gospel music varies according to culture and social context. Gospel music has grown in its popularity throughout the decades. It is primarily dominated by vocals (often with strong use of harmony) in the Christian lyrics.
Gospel music can be traced to the early 17th century, with roots in the black oral tradition. Hymns and sacred songs were repeated in a call and response fashion. Most of the churches relied on hand clapping and foot stomping as rhythmic accompaniment. Much of the singing was done a cappella. The first published use of the term ″Gospel Song” probably appeared in 1874. The original gospel songs were written and composed by authors such as George F. Root, Philip Bliss, Charles H. Gabriel, William Howard Doane, and Fanny Crosby. Soon, Gospel music publishing houses emerged. The advent of radio in the 1920s greatly increased the audience for gospel music. Following World War II, gospel music moved into major auditoriums, resulting in gospel music concerts which were quite elaborate.
One of the types of gospel music to emerge is known as Bluegrass gospel music, rooted in American mountain music. Our own Todd Mead will be offering praises unto the Lord, accompanied by his mandolin in worship on August 16. Come, join us as we spend August singing some of the great traditional gospel songs of our heritage, and bring a friend!