Gospel Music Styles
The gospels music is a whole and is composed of many genres. In fact according to the inspiration of the singers, it can vary and this is why we can have among them
It is a genre of gospel that is sung now by an arranged choral in perfect harmony but in the past it was religious songs of black American slaves. It is in fact a mixture of African musical traditions and Christian themes. They are the result of the contact between both African and European music and religions.
It is sometime called ‘’Black Gospel’’. It is said to be the mother of the major Gospel Music genres because many of it are derivation of it. It has actually jumped and has given birth to many other genres.
As the name indicates it, it has originated from south-eastern of the US. It is sometime called ‘’white gospel’’ to differentiate it from the ‘’black gospel’’ because it comes from the southern holiness movement churches, or ‘’quartet’’ because it is usually composed of four men singing together with tight harmonies and a piano.
Progressive Southern Gospel
Progressive Southern Gospel is a derivation of Southern Gospel. It differs from it in the fact that it is more modern and touches many aspects of the other genres. For instance one can hear a touch of Celtic, Bluegrass, Pop music or even Country.
It is a modern or updated form of traditional gospel music. It is geared to younger audience and is usually more commercially oriented and raised on the rhythm of modern music genres like Rnb, pop, rap, soul, rock. Christian rap is a subtype of it.
It is a very natural form of Gospel. I mean it is very simple with many acoustic instruments and few electric ones.
The blues gospel is as the name indicates it a blues music form of gospel. Actually it is evangelistic lyrics combines or added over blues guitars. It has been founded by Thomas Dorsey who is labelled the ‘’father of Gospel Music’’. It is also a derivation of Traditional Gospel.
It is as the name indicates it a mixture of gospel music with country music. In fact it is It originated as a blend of early mountain music, cowboy music, and the music from the plantations of the Deep South.
There are also many other hybrid styles of gospel music which are just a blends of other known music genres and added to Gospel Music genre. For instance we have. Soul gospel, Celtic gospel, Reggae gospel