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Music Styles Southern Gospel


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Southern Gospel

Southern gospel music is a genre of Christian music. Its name comes from its origins in the Southeastern United States whose lyrics are written to express either personal or a communal faith regarding biblical teachings and Christian life, as well as (in terms of the varying music styles) to give a Christian alternative to mainstream secular music. Sometimes known as "quartet music" for its traditional "four men and a piano" set up, southern gospel has evolved over the years into a popular form of music across the United States and overseas, especially among baby boomers and those living in the Southern United States. Like other forms of music the creation, performance, significance, and even the definition of southern gospel varies according to culture and social context. It is composed and performed for many purposes, ranging from aesthetic pleasure, religious or ceremonial purposes, or as an entertainment product for the marketplace.


The date of southern gospel's establishment as a distinct genre is generally considered to be 1910, the year the first professional quartet was formed for the purpose of selling songbooks for the James D. Vaughan Music Publishing Company in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee. Nonetheless the style of the music itself had existed for at least 35 years prior although the traditional wisdom that southern gospel music was "invented" in the 1870s by circuit preacher Everett Beverly is spurious. The existence of the genre prior to 1910 is evident in the work of Charles Davis Tillman (1861–1943), who popularized "The Old Time Religion", wrote "Life's Railway to Heaven" and published 22 songbooks.[1][2][3] Some of the genre's roots can be found in the publishing work and "normal schools" of Aldine S. Kieffer and Ephraim Ruebush. Southern gospel was promoted by traveling singing school teachers, quartets, and shape note music publishing companies such as the A. J. Showalter Company (1879) and the Stamps-Baxter Music and Printing Company. Over time, southern gospel came to be an eclectic musical form with groups singing traditional hymns, a capella (jazz-style singing with no instruments) songs, country, bluegrass, spirituals, and "convention songs". Because it grew out of the musical traditions of white musicians from the American South, the name Southern gospel was used to differentiate it from so-called black gospel.[4][5]

Early performers

Southern gospel is sometimes called "quartet music" by fans because of the originally all-male, tenor-lead-baritone-bass quartet make-up. Early quartets were typically either a cappella or accompanied only by piano or guitar, and in some cases a piano and banjo in areas that were influenced by bluegrass music such as Appalachia. Over time, full bands were added and even later, pre-recorded accompaniments (soundtracks) were introduced.

In the first decades of the twentieth century, southern gospel drew much of its creative energy from the holiness movement churches that arose throughout the south. Early gospel artists such as The Speer Family, The Stamps Quartet, The Blackwood Family, and The Lefevre Trio achieved wide popularity through their recordings and radio performances in the 1920s, 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. On October 20, 1927, The Stamps Quartet recorded its early hit "Give The World A Smile" for RCA Victor, which become the Quartet's theme song. The Stamps Quartet was heard on the radio throughout Texas and the South. A handful of groups were considered pioneers in southern gospel music for a series of "firsts." The Blackwood Brothers, with James Blackwood and J.D. Sumner became the first group to travel in a Bus, which is on display at the Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Sumner also was instrumental in creating the National Quartet Convention, an annual music festival where many groups, both known and well known perform for a week. The Speer Family was known for bringing blended groups to mainstream popularity where both Male and Female performers toured together.


The best known group of the 1950s and 1960s was Statesmen Quartet, which set the trend for broad appeal of the all male quartets that would develop years later. The Statesmen were known for their showmanship and introduction of Jazz, ragtime, and even some early rock and roll elements into their music and their stage appearance with trendy suits and wide audience appeal and were known for their signature song, "Happy Rhythm" (Rockin and a'Rollin).

Representative artists

From the start of the genre, the predominant type of artist has been the male quartet. Notable examples from the past and present include, The Blackwood Brothers, Brian Free and Assurance, The Cathedral Quartet, Christian Troubadours, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, The Florida Boys, The Gaither Vocal Band, Gold City, The Inspirations, Jake Hess and the Imperials, The Kingdom Heirs Quartet, The Kingsmen Quartet, Legacy Five, The Oak Ridge Boys, The Stamps Quartet, The Statesmen Quartet, and the Plainsmen Quartet.Notable artists

J.D. Sumner and The Stamps toured with Elvis Presley, who originally wanted to be a Gospel singer despite trying out for numerous groups and never receiving an offer to join. Sumner and Presley met when Elvis was 14 years old and the two forged a strong relationship. Sumner sang at Presley's funeral and debunked many myths about Presley's alleged substance abuse and also credited Elvis for saving his life when Presley confronted Sumner about his alcoholism. Sumner held the world record for the lowest bass note ever hit for a human being until 2002, four years after his death.

The Cathedrals were perhaps the most successful quartet of the 1980s and 1990s. The group had massive appeal and recorded their 1987 album Symphony of Praise with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and also made numerous appearances NBC's The Today Show. After the deaths of frontmen George Younce and Glenn Payne, the Cathedrals spawned off two current groups that are immensely popular, The Legacy Five and Ernie Haase and Signature Sound.

Several secular artists have expressed their love for and influence of the genre by recording southern gospel albums or performing gospel songs in concert. Among them are Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, Bob Dylan, Larry Gatlin, Alan Jackson, Kentucky Thunder, Jerry Lee Lewis, Loretta Lynn, Willie Nelson, The Oak Ridge Boys, Brad Paisley, Dolly Parton, Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley, Ricky Skaggs, The Statler Brothers, and Travis Tritt.

Today's southern gospel

By the 1990s, the "old-timey" quartet-style music began to develop to include more soloists and duos. Although still mostly popular in the Southeast and Southwest, it has a nationwide and even an international audience. The music remains "more country than city, more down-home than pretentious".[6]

Over the last decade, a newer version of southern gospel has grown in popularity. This style is called progressive southern gospel and is characterized by a blend of traditional southern gospel, bluegrass, modern country, contemporary Christian and pop music elements. Progressive southern gospel generally features artists who push their voices to produce a sound with an edge to it. The traditional style southern gospel singers employ a more classical singing style.

Lyrically, most progressive southern gospel songs are patterned after traditional southern gospel in that they maintain a clear evangelistic and/or testimonial slant. Southern gospel purists view lyrical content and the underlying musical style as the key determining factors for applying the southern gospel label to a song.

Although there are some exceptions, most southern gospel songs would not be classified as Praise and Worship. Few southern gospel songs are sung "to" God as opposed to "about" God.

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Music Styles Messianic


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excerpt from a Jews for Jesus Article and Galilee of the Nations

Messianic Music

Music styles have changed over the years, but one thing does not change, and this is the association that we have with our memories.

Certain kinds of music will always resonate deeper with us than others. I enjoy the sound of Bob Marley, but I suspect that Get up, stand up, stand up for your rights" carries more meaning for Jamaicans from Marley's generation. I love Indian food, but it's not as familiar as my grandma's rugelach. Remember the scene in the film Ratatouille where the food critic is instantly transported back to the sounds and smells of his mother's home by eating one bite of ratatouille? Music is similar.

Some Background on Messianic Music

It was this resonance that made Messianic music in the 70s and 80s fresh, unique and instantly recognizable.
Joel Chernoff, Paul Wilbur and Stuart Dauermann were among those who produced an array of Messianic music that listeners both Jewish and non-Jewish could enjoy.
Often, they fused Eastern European Jewish minor chord progressions, danceable freilachs and Israel-focused lyrics.
It was a familiar, lively sound that is still pulsing through many Messianic congregations today.

When Jews for Jesus began in the early 70s, there were many young, talented Jewish believers who were seeking ways to express their Jewishness and their "Jesus-ness." Fortunately for the budding Messianic Jewish movement, they were encouraged to use their gifts. Some of this encouragement came from the churches who were interested in hearing fresh Jewish cultural expressions of faith.

At that time the landscape of the Jewish community was different than today.
Many Jewish believers had been raised within a first or second-generation Jewish immigrant community and were familiar with Eastern European Jewish culture.
Some had grown up with Yiddish-speaking parents or grandparents and many had firsthand experience of anti-Semitism.
Most were also first-generation in their faith and paid a price for following Y'shua, sometimes being cut off from family and friends.

Consequently, the Liberated Wailing Wall reflected American Jewish culture and the personal faith journeys of its members.
Much of the music reflected an Eastern European Jewish sound; the performances had a Fiddler on the Roof look and feel.
Though the team accomplished a lot, times have changed.
Today, fewer and fewer Jewish people relate to that kind of music.
The Jewish community has become increasingly diverse.
Sephardic Jewish culture, for example, has gotten belated recognition from Ashkenazic Jews.
Jewish people tend to be less connected than in previous generations to Eastern European shtetl culture.

Tuvya Zaretsky did his doctoral work on ministry to Jewish intermarried couples.
He noted that at the time he wrote, about 2004, the intermarriage rate among American Jews stood at around 50%, while in the case of cohabiting Jewish people, 81% lived with Gentiles.
The children of Jewish-Gentile couples also intermarried 75% of the time. Many of these Gentile partners had some kind of Christian background.

This means that for many Jewish people today, Jesus and the church are not as far removed from Jewish upbringing as they once were.
And intermarriage has broadened the ethnic diversity of the Jewish people.

Music, Worship and Truth

Throughout history, music has played an important role in worship, the expression of truth and the affirmation of peoplehood.
Jewish people have an especially rich history of musical expression. The Scriptures were memorized and meditated upon through chanting and singing.
Theological truths were often conveyed through the poetry.
The Psalms carried theological significance that was set to a meter and melody familiar to the people of Israel.
The work of the psalmists helped foster corporate Jewish identity and provided a context for approaching God's truth.
The Psalms served as the songbook of the worshiping people of God throughout the ages.

Songs memorialized God's faithfulness and the history of Israel. Psalm 98:1-9 called Israel to "sing a new song." Moses did just that upon crossing the Red Sea (Exodus 15:1–18). Deborah sang a victory song after the king of Canaan was killed (Judges 5:1–31). David sang a song of lament over the death of Saul and Jonathan in 2 Samuel 1:17–21.

We also find songs in the Good News. Mary bursts into praise in Luke 1:46-55 after being chosen to be the mother of the Messiah; Philippians 2:1-30 is considered one of the earliest New Testament hymns.

And many throughout history have continued to contribute to this tradition, from Syriac sacral music to Martin Luther, a music lover whose hymns such as "A Mighty Fortress is Our God" are still sung in churches around the world today.
The American Moravian movement, for instance, used music to express their faith, writing a huge corpus of sonnets and arias, many of which are highly esteemed by classical music listeners today.

Music and Social Change

Music has united people for social change. We see this in both the secular and Jewish arenas.
Sometimes the change is for the better, sometimes for the worse, but it is undeniable.

In the Jewish world, the Jewish national movement was spurred on by composers both in Israel and abroad.
The St. Petersburg Society for Jewish Folkmusic, founded in 1908, was comprised of graduates of the St. Petersburg and Moscow Conservatories who rediscovered their Jewish national roots and created a new genre of Jewish art music.
Numerous Israeli composers have been important in affirming Israeli identity, such as Paul Ben Haim, who was known for nationalistic themes.
Today, Matisyahu has raised the Jewish profile through his Hasidic image and as of late a return to a western image with a shaved, beardless face.

Music, a Catalyst for Personal Change

Music not only can bring about social change, but personal change as well. Sometimes it does this by bypassing the usual channels of information and truth.

Aaron Abramson wrote ;

When I was serving with Jews for Jesus in New York, I went to Yale University one summer for a time of outreach. There I met a Jewish student who was an English major.
He had been studying Milton's Paradise Lost and had become rather spiritually interested.
But ultimately it was the evocative Christian lyrics of an artist named David Bazan of the band Pedro the Lion that had raised the issue of Jesus in a way that caused him to pursue more answers. We were able to discuss the New Testament in more depth as a result.

Similarly, Moishe Rosen's wife Ceil became receptive to the gospel after listening to Christmas carols.
There was something about the music that made the truths of the gospel approachable for her.

A stylistic mix with a message

As we this history from Jews for Jesus on Messianic music we understand that the messianic music truly spans styles from Classical to Rock but with a deep root in the middle eastern sounds, in a language mixed with Hebrews and Jiddish.
Galilee of the Nations write;

While Jews and Christians everywhere commemorated the miracle of the restoration of the Jewish people to their Land, another restoration of sorts was also occurring there: the restoration of an ancient sound, one reminiscent of those that once echoed through the halls of King David's palace, and along the corridors of Solomon's temple—a harmony of harps and lyres, of trumpets and tambourines, of Levites singing Hodu L' Adonai Ki Tov (Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good) with the company of Israel replying, Ki L'Olam Chasdo (His mercy endures forever)" (Psalm 107, 118 and 136).

That restored sound would flourish by way of a newly-formed record label, Galilee of the Nations (GOTN) and its inaugural Messianic praise and worship album, Adonai.
This was the first project of its kind, a first-rate production featuring Messianic recording artists from the Land of Israel, including Karen Davis, Barry and Batya Segal, Esther "Eti" Horesh and others. The compilation received immediate international acclaim, securing distribution in 160 countries and selling over 250,000 CDs—and still counting.


Iglesia De JesuCristo Palabra Miel Fullerton

Iglesia De Jesucristo Palabra MielPalabra De Miel

While at a great and wonderful Concert of Paul Wilbur and the Austin Hispanic, Messianic Community in Austin Texas, we listened to the worship of Iglesia De Jesucristo Palabra Miel from Fullerton CA.
We are very proud to anounce that this wonderful group has been included in the play lists of EWCMI Online Radio as of January 2017.

Even when we had a very hard time understanding all that was said, the Holy Spirit moved in such a wonderful way that the flame of the anointing just sparked and filled the room and our hearts.

Thank you Iglesia De Jesucristo Palabra Miel

A Solas Con Dios

Canto De MI Amado

A Solas Con Dios Canto de Mi Amado
01 Canto de Mi Amado
02 La Bendicion de Jehova
03 Yo con gozo cantare
04 Elohim Adonai
05 Cantare a mi Senor
06 Jehova Vive
07 Comprados a Precio de Sangre
08 A pesar de mi
09 Que tu Palabra se haga Realidad en mi
10 Que grande y Maravilloso es pensar
11 Me Parece que fue ayer
12 La grandeza del Dios que tengo
13 Agradecimiento
14 Outro
01 Canto de Mi Amado
02 La Bendicion de Jehova
03 Yo con gozo cantare
04 Elohim Adonai
05 Cantare a mi Senor
06 Jehova Vive
07 Comprados a Precio de Sangre
08 A pesar de mi
09 Que tu Palabra se haga Realidad en mi
10 Que grande y Maravilloso es pensar
11 Me Parece que fue ayer
12La grandeza del Dios que tengo
13 Agradecimiento


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