gospel music

noun
a now popularized form of impassioned rhythmic spiritual music rooted in the solo and responsive church singing of rural blacks in the American South, central to the development of rhythm and blues and of soul music.
Also called gospel.


Origin:
1950–55

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gospel music definition


Intense, joyful music that is associated with evangelists (see evangelical) in the South, especially among African-Americans. Gospel had a strong influence on many rock 'n' roll singers. Well-known gospel artists include Mahalia Jackson and the Dixie Hummingbirds.

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All one had to do was have the elders pray over you, sing gospel music and read
  a few scriptures-talk about a simple program.
The comedy show includes magicians, fire-eaters, live country and gospel music
  and barnyard animals.
Several local artists performed gospel music ranging from traditional, hip-hop
  and go-go.
Listen to examples of country, blues, and gospel music.
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