History

History of Gospel MusicGospel music as we know it originated in the 19th century. It is believed that it all started with the union of the mass revival movement and the holiness-pentecostal movement.

Dwight L. Moody and Ira D. Sankey started the mass revival movement in 1870. The evolution of the revival movement allowed popular singers and song leaders to spread their music in rural churches and publishing houses. The publishing houses were looking for new music and they provided an opportunity for innovative compositions from songwriters and composers to reach the ears of public listeners.

The holiness-Pentecostal movement used any instruments the church members could bring in. This allowed for new developments in worship performed by congregations. Pentecostal churches made large contributions to gospel music as they introduced new styles to publishing houses and also adopted some of the styles shared by other songwriters and composers. Musicians such as Elvis Presley, Mahalia Jackson, and the Blackwood Brothers had Pentecostal traditions influence their music.

In the 1920’s the radio created a new way to spread gospel music. The audience of gospel music grew throughout the 20’s and 30’s. After the Second World War, gospel music became famous enough to be performed in major auditoriums. Throughout the 20th century gospel music evolved and spread to listeners all over the country. Today, gospel music can be categorized into distinguishable subgenres as people in different areas had their own influences in the development of the music.

As gospel music evolved and became more famous, technology improved as well. Today we enjoy listening to music on CDs. We can enjoy these in our cars, on computers, in CD players and at any location we may choose. Gospel CDs are a very easy way to select and listen to our favorite artists and songs over and over again.

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