"She was gospel's first superstar, and even decades after her death remains, for many listeners, a defining symbol of the music's transcendent power. With her singularly expressive contralto, Jackson continues to inspire the generations of vocalists who follow in her wake; among the first spiritual performers to introduce elements of blues into her music, she infused gospel with a sensuality and freedom it had never before experienced, and her artistry rewrote the rules forever."
Jason Ankeny, Allmusic.com
"The Queen of Gospel" first came to wide public attention in the 1930s when she participated in a cross-country gospel tour.
The father of gospel music.
Blended spiritual lyrics, bluesy style, and electric guitar.
Born in the Mississippi Delta.
Born in New Orleans with roots in ragtime and the blues.
European tradition reimagined by African American artists.
The dominant form of American dance music for over a decade.
The progeny of spirituals and cousin to the blues.
A blend of African-American oral and musical traditions.