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Brith Name Darlene Joyce Steinhardt
Born  8 September 1965
Genres  Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation(s)  Singer, songwriter, pastor
Instruments  Voice
Years active  1989 - present
Labels  Hillsoing, INO, Integrity
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Darlene Joyce Zschech ; born Steinhardt on 8 September 1965) is an Australian Pentecostal Christian worship leader and singer-songwriter who primarily writes praise and worship songs. Described as a "pioneer of the modern worship movement", she is the former worship pastor of Hillsong Church and is currently a member of Compassionart, a charity founded by Martin Smith.




 Early Life

Zschech started on television at the age of 10, as part of an Australian children's show, Happy Go Round. When she was 13, her parents divorced and the emotional stress of being on television and her parents' divorce resulted in her having bulimia for about four years.

In 1980, when Zschech was 15, her father rededicated his life to Christ and began taking her to church, where she also became a committed Christian and met her future husband, Mark Zschech. When they married, her husband suggested that they move from Brisbane to Sydney, which was confirmed at a small church they were visiting one Sunday when the guest speaker said in the middle of his sermon, "This doesn't happen to me very often, but whatever it is you two prayed last night, God says do it now." They began attending Hills Christian Life Centre, which would become Hillsong Church.

On 11 December 2013, Zschech was diagnosed with breast cancer. In a blog dated 30 November 2014, she wrote that she has been healed of cancer, which her doctor termed "quite miraculous".

 Music Career

Zschech sang jingles for a number of international companies including McDonald's, KFC and Coca Cola, until she eventually joined the staff of Hillsong Church after penning "Shout to the Lord". She released a vinyl album in 1987 called "Make the Choice" and a cassette album in 1993 called Pearls & Gold.

Zschech and her husband have three daughters, Amy, Chloe and Zoe. In 2000 she had a miscarriage after 12 weeks.

In 2003, Zschech released her first official solo album, Kiss of Heaven. Change Your World followed in 2005. She has since released two albums, in 2011, called Simply Darlene and You Are Love. In addition to writing songs, she has written five books: Worship (1996), Extravagant Worship (2002), The Kiss of Heaven (2003), The Great Generational Transition (2009) and Revealing Jesus: A 365-Day Devotional (2013).

"Shout to the Lord"

Zschech composed "Shout to the Lord" in 1993 and it has become one of the most well-known modern worship songs, being sung by an estimated 25-30 million churchgoers every Sunday since the song's release. She wrote the song during a time of personal struggle. When she presented it to Hillsong's then-worship pastor, Geoff Bullock, she was so embarrassed that she asked him to face away from her as she played and sang.

"Shout to the Lord" was first recorded on People Just Like Us and has appeared on more than 200 different albums by numerous artists in multiple languages. It is also the title track for the first live album co-produced with Integrity Music featuring Zschech as a worship leader. It was Integrity Music's first album to feature a female worship leader. The album was nominated for the 1997 Dove Awards "Praise & Worship Album of the Year" at the Gospel Music Awards. The song was nominated in the 1998 Dove Awards "Song of the Year" category. It has been performed for the Pope at the Vatican and for the President of the United States.

On the global impact of "Shout to the Lord", Zschech said, "I can't take any credit for its impact. God decided to put his blessing on this song."

Major Success

Shout to the Lord was nominated as Album of the Year for the 1997 Dove Awards and was nominated as Song of the Year for the 1998 Dove Awards. In 2000, Zschech received a Dove Award nomination for Songwriter of the Year and received the International Award for influence in praise and worship.


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Hillsong Church

Zschech was the worship pastor of Hillsong Church from 1996 to 2007, during which time she served as producer, vocal producer or executive producer for more than 20 albums under the Hillsong Music label and wrote more than 80 published worship songs.[13] Under Zschech's leadership, the album People Just Like Us (1994) was the first Christian album in Australia to go Gold as well as the first to go Platinum[14] and the album For All You've Done (2004) debuted at #1 on the Australian Record Industry Association album charts.[15] Zschech explained Hillsong Music's stance in her book Extravagant Worship in a prayer: "Father, let them quickly get their eyes off of us. We just want to point them to you, God, because you are the Author of truth. You are the only One who is to be praised."[14]

Zschech stepped down as worship pastor in 2007, but continued to write songs for Hillsong and to serve as senior worship leader on their live albums. Reuben Morgan was appointed Hillsong worship pastor in 2008.

Hope Unlimited Church

In January 2011, Zschech and her husband, Mark, became senior pastors at Church Unlimited, later renamed Hope Unlimited Church, in Charmhaven on the Central Coast.[16] HopeUC hosts an annual relationships conference, "The Living Room", that focuses on all aspects of relationships.

Hope Global

In April 2004, the Zschech family visited Rwanda, Africa and were inspired to launch "Hope Rwanda: 100 Days of Hope", a faith-based global initiative that provided hygiene options and education for the citizens of Rwanda, which eventually morphed into Hope Global.[17] According to the official website, Hope Global currently exists to "offer practical solutions to countries devastated by war, genocide, and poverty."[18] It has major centres in Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, and Cambodia, runs long-term development projects, such as Hope Education and the Village of Hope, and has hosted Parramatta Eels trips to Rwanda with CEO Paul Osborne.


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1987 Make the Choice (Darlene Zschech) first solo studio album release
1988 Spirit and Truth (Hillsong Music International) first album released by Hillsong
1990 Show Your Glory (Hillsong Music Australia)  
1992 The Power Of Your Love (Hillsong Music Australia) first Live album released by Hillsong
1993 Stone's Been Rolled Away (Hillsong Music Australia) wrote "Your Name"
1993 Pearls & Gold (Darlene Zschech)  
1994 People Just Like Us (Hillsong Music Australia) first recording of "Shout to the Lord"
1994 The song "Shout to the Lord" from Jump to the Jam (Youth Alive / Hillsong Music Australia)  
1995 "Friends in High Places (Hillsong Music Australia) wrote "Praise His Holy Name", "Rock of Ages" with Geoff Bullock, and "Lord I Give Myself"
1996 God is in the House (Hillsong Music Australia) first Hillsong Live album as Worship Pastor; wrote "God Is in the House" with Russell Fragar, "And That My Soul Knows Very Well" with Fragar, "Let the Peace of God Reign", "Walking in the Light", and "I Will Run To You"
1996 Simply Worship (Hillsong Music Australia)  
1996 The song "And That My Soul Knows Very Well" on Chosen One (Youth Alive / Hillsong Music Australia)  
1996 Shout to the Lord (Integrity Music) first Integrity album to feature a prominent female worship leader, Darlene Zschech
1997 All Things Are Possible (Hillsong Music Australia) wrote "All Things Are Possible", "I Live to Know You", "I Know It", and "Glory to the King"
1997 Simply Worship 2 (Hillsong Music Australia)  
1997 Hills Praise (Hillsong Music Australia and Integrity Music)  
1997 I Believe the Promise (London Christian Media Centre)  
1998 Touching Heaven, Changing Earth (Hillsong Music Australia) wrote the songs "That's What We Came Here For" with Fragar, "I Will Bless You Lord", "Jesus You're All I Need", and "The Potter's Hand"
1998 Simply Worship 3 (Hillsong Music Australia)  
1998 Shout to the Lord 2000 (Integrity Music)  
1999 By Your Side (Hillsong Music Australia) wrote "Sing of Your Great Love" and "Free to Dance"; Album received a nomination for the 2001 Dove Awards 'Praise & Worship Album of the Year' at the Gospel Music Awards
2000 For This Cause (Hillsong Music Australia) wrote "Here to Eternity" with David Moyse and "It Is You"
2000 The Power of Your Love Symphony (Sony Music)  
2000 Overwhelmed (Hillsong Music Australia) wrote "Overwhelmed", "Jesus, Our Lord Jesus", and "The Lord is Good" with Reuben Morgan
2000 You Shine (Hillsong Music Australia)  
2000 "The Platinum Collection Volume 1: Shout to the Lord" (Hillsong Music Australia) originally published as "Millennium: The Story So Far"; a compilation of previously recorded songs by the Hillsong team
2001 "You Are My World" (Hillsong Music Australia) wrote "Irresistible", "Glorious", "To You", and "Worthy Is the Lamb"; Album received a nomination for the 2002 Dove Awards 'Praise & Worship Album of the Year' at the Gospel Music Awards
2001 "Christmas" (Hillsong Music Australia) wrote "Perfect Love" with Russell Fragar and "Hallelujah"
2002 "Blessed" (Hillsong Music Australia) wrote "Blessed" with Reuben Morgan; Album received a nomination for the 2003 Dove Awards 'Praise & Worship Album of the Year' at the Gospel Music Awards
2002 Extravagant Worship: The Songs of Darlene Zschech (Hillsong Music Australia) a compilation of previously recorded songs; the tracks that were written by Zschech but previously recorded by a different lead vocalist were re-recorded with Zschech as the lead vocal
2002 Extravagant Worship: The Songs of Reuben Morgan (Hillsong Music Australia)  
2003 Hope (Hillsong Music Australia) wrote "My Hope", "Call", and "You Are"; the song "My Hope" was nominated for the 2004 Dove Awards 'Inspirational Song of the Year' at the Gospel Music Awards
2003 Kiss of Heaven (Darlene Zschech)  
2003 Amazing Love (Hillsong Music Australia)  
2003 The Platinum Collection Volume 2: Shout to the Lord 2 (Hillsong Music Australia) a compilation of previously recorded songs by the Hillsong team, plus a studio-recorded version of Zschech's song "My Hope"
2004 For All You've Done (Hillsong Music Australia) wrote "You Are Worthy" and "Glorify Your Name" with David Holmes
2004 Faithful (Hillsong Music Australia) wrote "Mercy Endures"
2004 UP: Unified Praise (Hillsong Music Australia) Zschech and the Hillsong team join with Delirious?
2005 God He Reigns (Hillsong Music Australia) wrote "Saviour" and "Know You More"
2005 Celebrating Christmas (Hillsong Music Australia)  
2005 Ultimate Worship (Hillsong Music Australia)  
2005 Change Your World (Darlene Zschech)  
2006 "Mighty to Save (Hillsong Music Australia) wrote "More to See" with Mia Fieldes, Deborah Ezzy (Zschech's sister), Donia Makadonez & Nigel Hendroff, "I Believe", and "At the Cross" with Reuben Morgan; The song "Mighty to Save" written by Ben Fielding and Reuben Morgan received the 2009 Dove Awards 'Worship Song of the Year' at the Gospel Music Awards
2006 Songs for Communion (Hillsong Music Australia) wrote "The Only Name", "Saviour" (which was previously recorded live on the album God He Reigns'), "Oh the Blood", and "Worthy is the Lamb" (which was previously recorded live on "You Are My World")
2006 Supernatural (Hillsong Kids/Hillsong Music Australia) wrote "I Will Sing" with Gio Galanti and daughters Chloe Zschech and Zoe Zschech
2007 Saviour King (Hillsong Music Australia) wrote "One Thing" with Marty Sampson
2007 Lord of All (Hillsong Music Australia)  
2008 This Is Our God (Hillsong Music Australia) wrote "High and Lifted Up" with Mike Guglielmucci
2008 Ultimate Collection Volume II (Hillsong Music Australia) a compilation of previously released songs
2009 Songs 4 Worship 50 featured on the songs "Shout to the Lord" and "My Redeemer Lives"
2009 Faith + Hope + Love (Hillsong Music Australia) wrote "His Glory Appears" with Marty Sampson
2010 A Beautiful Exchange (Hillsong Music Australia) wrote "Believe" with Reuben Morgan
2010 The Very Best of Graham Kendrick: Knowing You Jesus (Graham Kendrick) featured on the songs "There is a Hope So Sure" and "Until the Day"
2010 Con Todo (Hillsong Music Australia) Zschech sings in Spanish; the album won the award for Spanish Language Album of the Year at the 42nd GMA Dove Awards
2010 One Voice featured on the song "Awesome Wonder"
2011 God is Able (Hillsong Music Australia) wrote "Cry of the Broken"
2011 Simply Darlene (Darlene Zschech)  
2011 You Are Love (Darlene Zschech)  
2011 Songs 4 Worship Ultimate featured on the song "Face to Face" which she wrote
2011 The song "Lo Grande Que Eres Dios" on the album En Mi Lugar (Hillsong Music Australia) Zschech sings in Spanish
2011 The song "Emmanuel" on the album Born is the King (Hillsong Music Australia)  
2011 Music Inspired by the Story featured on a duet with Michael W. Smith on the track "The Great Day (Second Coming)"
2012 The song "Es Tu Amor" on the album Global Project Español (Hillsong Music Australia) Zschech sings in Spanish
2012 25 Songs That Changed the Way We Worship featured on the song "Shout to the Lord"
2012 Hope featured on the song "My Hope"
2012 The song "Emmanuel" on the album We Have a Saviour (Hillsong Music Australia)  
2013 The Rescue (Sidney Mohede) featured on the song "It is Done"
2013 Revealing Jesus (Darlene Zschech) Zschech's first official live solo album
2013 Worship Duets (Graham Kendrick) featured on the song "That Name"
2013 Just As I Am (A Legacy of Hymns and Worship) featured on the song "My Jesus I Love Thee (I Love You Jesus)"
2013 In Christ Alone: 25 of Today's Most Powerful Modern Hymns featured on the song "Your Name/Cry of the Broken"
2013 My Hope: Songs Inspired by the Message and Mission of Billy Graham featured on the song "The Cross of Christ", which she wrote
2014 Only King Forever (Elevation Worship) featured on the song "The Love of Jesus"
2014 "Heaven is For Real (Songs Inspired by the Film and Best-Selling Book)" composed and featured as lead vocal on the song "Heaven in Me"


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Music Styles Christian Hip Hop


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Christian Hip Hop

Christian hip hop (originally Gospel rap, also known as Christian rap, Gospel hip hop, or holy hip hop) is hip hop music characterized by a Christian worldview, with the general purposes of evangelization (Christian mission work), edifying some members of the church and/or simply entertaining. Christian hip hop emerged from urban communities in the United States in the 1980s, when it existed almost exclusively in small underground scenes, with minimal formal industry promotion and little mainstream attention.

Christian hip hop, blending rhythmic music and faith-based lyrics, first emerged on record in 1982 with a track entitled "Jesus Christ (The Gospel Beat)" by Queens, New York artist McSweet. The first full-length, Christian hip hop album, Bible Break, by Oklahoma artist Stephen Wiley, was released in 1985 with the title track becoming a hit on Christian radio in 1986. Other early Christian hip recording artists from the mid-1980s included P.I.D. (Preachas in Disguise), who recorded to funky rock rhythms, as well as JC & the Boys and Michael Peace.

The most prominent Christian rappers have been tobyMac, who was the first rapper to have success in the mainstream Christian music scene, and Lecrae, who has emerged recently on the mainstream rap scene.


The first commercially released and distributed Gospel hip hop record was by Queens, New York MC Pete Harrison, under the recording name 'McSweet', The Gospel Beat: Jesus-Christ (1982), written and arranged by Harrison and produced by Mac Sulliver on Lection Records of PolyGram.[1][2][3] The first notable full album released was Stephen Wiley's Bible Break (1985), written by Wiley and produced by Mike Barnes on Brentwood Records.[4][5][6][7] In the same year by David Guzman founded JC & The Boyz. Some of America's premiere Christian rappers, such as: Michael Peace, SFC, Dynamic Twins, MC Peace, and T-Bone came out of this crew. A more commercially successful crew known as P.I.D. (Preachers in Disguise) released five recordings. Michael Peace is an American rapper and one of Christian rap's first solo artists.

In the late 1980s, other crews emerged, including dc Talk, E.T.W. (End Time Warriors) and S.F.C. (Soldiers for Christ). ETW was led by producer/artist Mike Hill who went on to pastor one of the largest inner city youth groups in the country out of Tulsa Oklahoma. S.F.C. was led by Chris Cooper who originally rapped as Super C (short for Super Chris / Super Christian) and later became Sup the Chemist and then finally Soup the Chemist. Christian emcee Danny "D-Boy" Rodriguez was another well-known early Gospel rap artist, but was murdered in 1990 in Texas.[8]

The 1990s saw the continuing trend of funky rap artists blending faith and rap, such as D.O.C. (Disciples of Christ) who emerged from Oklahoma as well as the Gospel Gangstaz from Compton and South Central Los Angeles, California. In 1991, JC Crew emerged featuring Maximillian (West Coast beat box champion) and T-Bone.

Gotee Records formed in 1994, co-founded by dc Talk member Toby McKeehan, better known as TobyMac, making it the first record label marketed explicitly for Christian hip hop and R&B that was backed by a major label. The label was among the first to market the Contemporary Christian music market through distribution at Christian bookstores and playing on Christian radio. This trend continued with other labels such as Tooth & Nail's Uprok Records and others that gave an outlet to hip hop artists who identified themselves as Christian and wanted a broader market. Recently, a number of artists and labels such as Reach Records, Grace and Peace Records, Godchaserz Ent., Lampmode Recordings, Collision Records, End of Earth Records, Rezurrected Muzic, Cross Movement Records, Grapetree Records, Syntax Records, Deepspace5 Records, Universal Funk Records, Illect Recordings and The New Unstoppable Records have purposely marketed to people outside of churches[9]

Artists and style

Although generally described to be Christian rappers, artists such as Lecrae, Andy Mineo, KB, Trip Lee, Tedashii, Social Club, NF, John Givez, Jgivens, Derek Minor and Propaganda describe themselves hip hop artists who are expressing themselves, and are openly Christian.[10] Just like in Christian rock and other Christian music genres, some artists welcome being called Christian artists while others do not want it to be labeled as "Christian music", as to not limit their music to the Christian music market.

Music Styles Black Gospel


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Gospel (black gospel as not southern gospel)

Gospel music is a music genre in Christian music. The creation, performance, significance, and even the definition of gospel music varies according to culture and social context. Gospel music is composed and performed for many purposes, including aesthetic pleasure, religious or ceremonial purposes, and as an entertainment product for the marketplace. Gospel music usually has dominant vocals (often with strong use of harmony) with Christian lyrics. Gospel music can be traced to the early 17th century,[1] with roots in the black oral tradition. Hymns and sacred songs were repeated in a call and response fashion. Most of the churches relied on hand clapping and foot stomping as rhythmic accompaniment. Most of the singing was done a cappella.[2] The first published use of the term ″Gospel Song" probably appeared in 1874. The original gospel songs were written and composed by authors such as George F. Root, Philip Bliss, Charles H. Gabriel, William Howard Doane, and Fanny Crosby.[3] Gospel music publishing houses emerged. The advent of radio in the 1920s greatly increased the audience for gospel music. Following World War II, gospel music moved into major auditoriums, and gospel music concerts became quite elaborate.[4]

Gospel blues is a blues-based form of gospel music (a combination of blues guitar and evangelistic lyrics). 


Gospel music in general is characterized by dominant vocals (often with strong use of harmony) referencing lyrics of a Christian nature. Subgenres include contemporary gospel, urban contemporary gospel (sometimes referred to as "black gospel"). Several forms of gospel music utilize choirs, use piano or Hammond organ, tambourines, drums, bass guitar and, increasingly, electric guitar. In comparison with hymns, which are generally of a statelier measure, the gospel song is expected to have a refrain and often a more syncopated rhythm.

Several attempts have been made to describe the style of late 19th and early 20th century gospel songs in general. Christ-Janer said "the music was tuneful and easy to grasp ... rudimentary harmonies ... use of the chorus ... varied metric schemes ... motor rhythms were characteristic ... The device of letting the lower parts echo rhythmically a motive announced by the sopranos became a mannerism".[5]

Roots and background

Coming out of the African American religious experience, gospel music can be traced to the early 17th century.[1] Gospel music has roots in the black oral tradition, and typically utilizes a great deal of repetition. The repetition of the words allowed those who could not read the opportunity to participate in worship. During this time, hymns and sacred songs were lined and repeated in a call and response fashion, and the Negro spirituals and work songs emerged. Repetition and "call and response" are accepted elements in African music, designed to achieve an altered state of consciousness we sometimes refer to as "trance", and strengthen communal bonds.

Most of the churches relied on hand clapping and foot stomping as rhythmic accompaniment. There would be guitars and tambourines available every now and then, but not frequently. Church choirs became a norm only after emancipation. Most of the singing was done a cappella.[2]

20th century

The holiness-Pentecostal movement, or sanctified movement, appealed to people who were not attuned to the Europeanized version of black church music. Holiness worship has used any type of instrumentation that congregation members might bring in, from tambourines to electric guitars. Pentecostal churches readily adopted and contributed to the gospel music publications of the early 20th century. Late 20th-century musicians such as Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Mahalia Jackson, Andrae Crouch, and the Blackwood Brothers either were raised in a Pentecostal environment, or have acknowledged the influence of that tradition.[11]

The advent of radio in the 1920s greatly increased the audience for gospel music, and James D. Vaughan used radio as an integral part of his business model, which also included traveling quartets to publicize the gospel music books he published several times a year.[12] Virgil O. Stamps and Jesse R. Baxter studied Vaughan's business model and by the late 1920s were running heavy competition for Vaughan.[11] The 1920s also saw the marketing of gospel records by groups such as the Carter Family.

The first person to introduce the ragtime influence to gospel accompaniment as well as to play the piano on a gospel recording was Arizona Dranes.[13]

In African-American music, gospel quartets developed an a cappella style following the earlier success of the Fisk Jubilee Singers. The 1930s saw the Fairfield Four, the Dixie Hummingbirds, the Five Blind Boys of Mississippi, the Five Blind Boys of Alabama, The Soul Stirrers, the Swan Silvertones, the Charioteers, and the Golden Gate Quartet. Racism divided the nation, and this division did not skip the church. If during slavery blacks were treated as inferior inside the white churches, after emancipation they formed their own separate churches. The gospel groups which were very popular within the black community, were virtually unknown to the white community, though some in the white community began to follow them.[14] In addition to these high-profile quartets, there were many black gospel musicians performing in the 1920s and 30s, usually playing the guitar and singing in the streets of Southern cities. Famous among them were Blind Willie Johnson, Blind Joe Taggart and others.

In the 1930s, in Chicago, Thomas A. Dorsey (best known as author of the song "Precious Lord, Take My Hand"), who had spent the 1920s writing and performong secular blues music under the name "Georgia Tom", turned to gospel music, establishing a publishing house.[4] He had experienced many trials in his life,including the death of his pregnant wife. Thomas gained biblical knowledge from his father, who was a Baptist minister, and was taught to play piano by his mother. He started working with blues musicians when the family moved to Atlanta.[15] It has been said that 1930 was the year when modern gospel music began, because the National Baptist Convention first publicly endorsed the music at its 1930 meeting.[16] Dorsey was responsible for developing the musical careers of many African-American artists, such as Mahalia Jackson.[4]

Meanwhile, the radio continued to develop an audience for gospel music, a fact that was commemorated in Albert E. Brumley's 1937 song, "Turn Your Radio On" (which is still being published in gospel song books). In 1972, a recording of "Turn Your Radio On" by the Lewis Family was nominated for "Gospel Song of the Year" in the Gospel Music Association's Dove Awards.[17]

Following the Second World War, gospel music moved into major auditoriums, and gospel music concerts became quite elaborate.[4] In 1950, black gospel was featured at Carnegie Hall when Joe Bostic produced the Negro Gospel and Religious Music Festival. He repeated it the next year with an expanded list of performing artists, and in 1959 moved to Madison Square Garden.[18] Today, black gospel and white gospel are distinct genres, with distinct audiences.


The secular version of this music is urban contemporary music, which is musically indistinguishable, but which takes non-religious subjects for its lyrical content.

Urban/contemporary gospel music is characterized by dominant vocals, usually performed by a soloist. Common instruments include drums, electric guitar, bass guitar, and keyboards.
The lyrics very often have an explicitly Christian nature, although "inspirational" songs feature lyrics that can be construed as secular in meaning. For example, a song about a father's love for his son may be interpreted as God the Father's love for God the Son, or as a human father's love for his human child. This lyrical ambiguity echoes the double-voicedness of 19th century spirituals, and may have musical crossover appeal to the larger secular market (Darden 2004:79-80). Common themes include hope, deliverance, love, and healing (Waldron 2006).

In comparison with traditional hymns, which are generally of a statelier measure, gospel songs are expected to have a refrain and a pronounced beat with a syncopated rhythm. Compared to modern praise and worship music, urban/contemporary gospel typically has a faster tempo and more emphasis on the performer. Like traditional black gospel music, the performer's emotional connection to the audience and the lyrical content of the song is valued highly.

The genre includes Christian hip hop (sometimes called "Christian rap"), Which is described in a separate link on this site.



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