The Different Genres of Gospel Music
Gospel music has the following sub-genres:
- Urban Gospel: The roots of urban gospel go back to the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries when it was mainly popularised by the southern slaves.
- Southern Gospel: Southern gospel which is also known as ‘quartet music’ established itself as a distinct genre of music back in 1910. However, this style of music existed only for 35 years.
- Country Gospel Music: Country gospel music which is also known as Christian country music is a sub-genre of gospel music. This style of music mainly originated as a blend of cowboy music, early mountain music and music from the plantations of the south.
- Progressive Southern Gospel: This style of music grew out of southern gospel over the past decades. Currently, the progressive southern gospel can be characterized as a blend of modern pop and country music along with southern gospel instrumentation.
- Contemporary Christian Music: This style of music is sometimes considered to be categorized outside the gospel genre of music. Contemporary Christian music is a genre which lyrically focuses on matters related to Christian faith and is quite popular.
- Bluegrass Gospel: This style of music is simply the southern gospel which is performed by a bluegrass band with bluegrass arrangements.
- Gospel Blues: This is a kind of gospel music which is based on blues and features a combination of spiritual lyrics along with blues guitar.
In short, gospel music is the adaptation of sacred music. It has been developed to encourage the beliefs and practice of Christian faith both within the framework of religion and entertainment.