Top 10 Great English Gospel Songs. Listen to More Songs. Stand Firm in the Lord Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved. I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche, that they be of the same mind in the Lord. And I intreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellowlabourers, whose names are in the book of life. Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
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Gospel music is much more than melodies and harmonies. For a complete description and chronology of modern gospel music, read our blog post on the history of gospel music. But one of the most revered gospel singers in history is Mahalia Jackson for her transformative gospel songs with Thomas Dorsey in the early days of gospel music. Gospel songs are composed and performed for the specific purpose worship and praise to God. Mary Mary ushered gospel music into the 21st century. The Staple Singers are true staples in gospel music history. The Clark Sisters are gospel music royalty. Dottie Peoples has spent a lifetime making timeless gospel music.
Mahalia Jackson, a singer with one of the finest voices in this history of gospel music, did full justice to this joyous spiritual from Her moving version even reached the Billboard charts, a strong showing for a gospel single at the time when Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry and Jerry Lee Lewis were dominating the rankings. However, there is a striking version of the song, written by the Baptist minister William Herbert Brewster in the 40s, which was recorded by Marian Anderson, the celebrated contralto singer from Philadelphia. Many of the best gospel songs lent themselves to jazz interpretations. The song, which is full of searing Biblical imagery, has been recorded by hundreds of leading musicians, including Bing Crosby, Johnny Cash and Van Morrison.
I am talking about those songs considered to be American religious music that started on the plantations in Southern America; sung by the Christian African slaves while they worked and attended church. Most of the famous gospel songs known today would be based on the old Negro Spirituals that have the classic syncopated beat and even at times more than one rhythm polyrhythmic which is played at the same time. Many of them have been sung since the s becoming very popular in the s. The authorship of many of the Negro Spirituals is unknown. These gospel songs were mostly made up of just 5 notes; simple to sing and easy to harmonize. The words generally come straight from the scriptures in these gospel songs and they are sung with much emotion. I found a great site with history and information for the Negro Spiritual .