The progeny of spirituals and cousin to the blues.
"African American Gospel music is a form of euphoric, rhythmic, spiritual music rooted in the solo and responsive church singing of the African American South. Its development coincided with -- and is germane to -- the development of rhythm and blues. The precursor to black Gospel music is the African American spiritual, which had already been around for well over a century before Gospel music began its rise to popularity starting in the 1930s"
From the Library of Congress
"Precious Lord, take my hand
Lead me on, let me stand
I am tired, I'm weak, I am worn
Through the storm, through the night
Lead me on to the light
Take my ha-and, precious Lord
Lead me home
Take My Hand, Precious Lord by Thomas Dorsey
The father of gospel music.
Considered the greatest gospel vocalist of all time.
Blended spiritual lyrics, bluesy style, and electric guitar.
Born in the Mississippi Delta.
Born in New Orleans with roots in ragtime and the blues.
The dominant form of American dance music for over a decade.
Black musical tradition is a part of its core.