What are the three main traditions of gospel music?

Many people think that Gospel Music is a typical southern phenomenon. The fact of the matter is, though, that the roots of Gospel Music actually date back to the 1730s in New England. It began when Rev. Jonathan Edwards (a New England preacher) started a religiously orientated revival labeled “The Great Awakening”. The traditional, slow…

Joann Rosario Finds A New Reason To Worship – Gospel, Now….More Than Ever

One of gospel’s finest new singers, Joann Rosario, knows what it’s like to go through trying times. A former singer with Fred Hammond’s Radical For Christ and known for her breakout hit More, More, More, Rosario noticed trouble with her vocal chords in late 2002. By January 2003, she was diagnosed with nodules on her…

The First Family of Bluegrass Gospel

The Lewis Family is known for their distinctive sound emphasized by the often hilariously blazing banjo virtuoso Little Roy Lewis. Another characteristic is the enormous bass drum, accompanied by the phenomenal vocal harmonies by the Lewis daughters who were always identically dressed. For several decades, the Lewis Family dominated the Georgia bluegrass festival scene, and…

The Origin of The Gospel Music

The earliest immigrants in North Carolina and Eastern Tennessee were Scots-Irish-English settlers who ventured down the Appalachian Mountains. Around 1750 they found the Cumberland Gap to discover the fertile soil of Kentucky’s blue grass country. These early pioneers were bringing a wealth of instrumental and vocal music traditions with them, and their Anglo-Celtic traditional ballads…