How Well Do You Know Gospel Music? – iJesusAfrica

How Well Do You Know Gospel Music?

How Well Do You Know Gospel Music?

Listening to Gospel Music uplifts your spirit, leaving you with so much joy.

I’m sure you can relate.

Gospel Music contains specific lyrics and which aim is to touch souls.

It can greatly change your perspective as you go about your day without you realizing it.

This is one genre of music that majority of people listen to no matter the tribe or culture.

It carries with it a unique news, yet there seem to be little or no knowledge of how this genre of music came about.

What Is Gospel Music?

Gospel Music is a genre of Christian music.

The term gospel means ‘good news.’ Gospel music is one of the vehicles through which the good news of Christ is been spread all over the world.

However, apart from it’s biblical definition, its creation, performance, significance, and even the definition varies according to culture and social context.

Its performance is for many purposes, including aesthetic pleasure, religious or ceremonial purposes, and as an entertainment product for the marketplace.

Who Is The Father of Gospel Music?


A key figure in the development of Gospel Music was Thomas A. Dorsey (1899 -1993).

Before devoting his career to the development of Gospel, Dorsey, the son of a Georgia Baptist preacher, was a prolific blues and jazz composer and pianist.

Black religious leaders originally rejected Dorsey’s approach.

Reason being that it associated with the widely frowned-upon secular music styles of the era.

When it comes to the contemporary form, he has had a significant role in bringing it to the forefront.

He even established a publishing house solely based on gospel music.

The year 1930 is said to have been particularly important.

It was the time when the National Baptist Convention publicized Gospel Music and brought it to the forefront.

Dorsey also played an essential role in setting the careers of many singers.

How Is It impacting lives?

It has greatly impacted lives in no small way.

Check out what research says.

  •  Old hymns are more than just church music.

Researchers say Gospel Music can reduce anxiety about death, increase self-esteem and bring meaning to older people’s lives.

  • It heals us from any form of spiritual infirmity

The Bible teaches in 1 Samuel 16: 14-23 that David played music to provide relief and peace to King Saul in times of agony and stress.

Meditation through music can enable people to regain a high level of consciousness.

it can also free the mind from spiritual illnesses.

Music heals us.

  • Most secular music artists have been touched through it

it’s always rare to find an artist that has not been inspired by the power of this genre of music.

Most of the secular music artists we see today have started their careers in the church choir – to name a few: Whitney Houston, R Kelly, and Katy Perry, among others.

We look forward to keeping you up-to-date with relevant discoveries on this topic. Let’s know what you think about this post. CLICK HERE to comment, please!

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