Basically, gospel music refers to popular music that tells or celebrates Christian values in the gospel. The earliest gospel music consisted of songs sung by the earliest resurrection thistles that transitioned from traditional Jewish sacred songs to songs that focused on Jesus and the values of the gospel.
Variants of gospel music
Modern gospel music occurs in many sub-genres. In the broadest sense, gospel music can include ancient African-American spirituals, Christmas crystals, and even major Christian-themed symphonies. Some modern popular variations are Urban Gospel, Sourthern Gospel, Celtic Christian Music and Black Gospel Subgenres.
A common phenomenon for modern recording artists who perform gospel music is crossover. Some artists establish their careers as gospel artists, then move into regular material. Others establish general recognition first in their recording efforts and make the transition to the gospel. Although it is not uncommon for the other group to get early exposure to Gospel music performance.
Gospel music is growing in popularity around the world. Other eras when gospel music enjoyed special phases of popularity include after the Second World War era and the late 1960s to early 1970s.
Gospel music has had an observable effect on popular music in general. While the roots of the gospel come out of the Christian spiritual perspective, it has evolved to reach beyond these origins and is now performed by some artists who do not identify as Christians. Gospel music has its roots with the early Christians. In its modern incarnation, gospel music has several recognizable distinct stands. Well-known recording artists can switch as artists to or from gospel music and more ordinary music. Gospel music, while quite popular in general, has had some intervals during which it has enjoyed increasing popularity. In the 21st century, not all gospel artists affirm a Christian identity.