Gospel Music History

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From the smooth tones of Sam Cooke and the melodious overtures of Marion Anderson to thunderous roar of Tye Tribbett and Kirk Franklin, black gospel music is more than just a soulful sound; it is a collection of life changing beats that transcend time, culture, and religion becoming a powerful force in the dichotomy of American music. As we embark upon the 21st century, gospel music has evolved into various sub genres and crossed over into secular venues becoming a new soulful sound of America. However, like any style and form of music, gospel music does have its spiritual genesis. Black gospel music as we know it today was birthed within the loins of the Historic Pilgrim Baptist Church on the south side of Chicago. Designed by Louis Sullivan…show more content…
They sold it to the Pilgram Baptist church as there was a rise in black residents moving into the neighborhood and the Jewish congregation wanted to move further south. At that time, the church became a welcome station to blacks who were moving form the south after the Great Migration. The neighboord in which the church was located, Bronzeville, was a business and cultural district for blacks in Chicago (Preservation Chicago). Thomas Dorsey, a southern Jazz Musican, was among the blacks coming to Chicago, brining his rich southern musical flare. After the death of his first wife, Dorsey left secular and began writing and recording what he called “gospel music” (Harris). He was the first to use a word that would later birth an entire genere (Darden). Dorsey served as Music Director of the church until the late…show more content…
The important thing was that there was no loss of life, no injuries. And yet, there remains a deep sense of loss, not just for Chicago architecture as an aesthetic quality, but for the destruction of a century of memoires including the Jewish prayers, the joyous gospel music, the ceremonies of loss and trial and celebration that had been absorbed, year after year. That was what was lost - an architecture that made the life experience something that you could touch, and passed living emotion down through the generations like a
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