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A friend said that gospel music was soul music for black folk and that mainstream soul music was music made for a white audience. The implication being that if you wanted to hear music with real soul, listen to gospel.
|The Fantastic Violinaires with an incredible live version of “Children Are You Ready.”|
Generally speaking, gospel reflected whatever musical trend was happening in R&B music. Gospel music was a little rougher and less polished than secular music, and of course the theme was religious, but otherwise it was relatively easy for artists to cross back and forth between the two styles. And besides, most black pop and soul artists grew up singing in the church.
|Dorothy Love Coates and the Gospel Harmonettes, "Thats Enough."|
|The Staple Singers with Mavis Staples on lead vocal, “Sit Down Servant.”|