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What is Urban Gospel?


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Trin-i-tee 5:7

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Mary Mary

Mary Mary

Sony Music

Question: What is Urban Gospel?

Answer: Much like Southern Gospel music, Urban Gospel hit the big time via quartets. Most of the early groups were composed of all males, but there were a few female groups. Huge choirs eventually replaced the quartets in popularity and were soon joined by smaller groups, led by strong directors like Kirk Franklin. As younger fans discovered the joys of Urban Gospel, the genre added another facet in the form of the modern R&B sound.

Today, traditional gospel and contemporary gospel are both represented well, thus appealing to a broad range of age groups.

WOW Gospel, a 2-disc set that releases yearly, is hugely popular because it showcases established artists and introduces new artists.

Some of the more popular Traditional Urban Gospel artists of today are:

  • Dottie Peoples
  • Richard Smallwood
  • Shirley Caesar
  • Tamela Mann
  • The Blind Boys of Alabama

Some of the more popular Contemporary Urban Gospel artists of today are:

Urban Gospel History

Recommended Urban Gospel Albums

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  • Hooked On The Hits! - Fred Hammond - Compare Prices
  • Yes Lord: Saints In Praise - West Angeles Church Of God In Christ Mass Choir - Compare Prices
  • Still Tramaine - Tramaine Hawkins - Compare Prices
  • The Sound - Mary Mary - Compare Prices
  • Donnie McClurkin...Again - Donnie McClurkin - Compare Prices
  • This Is Your Life - Out Of Eden - Compare Prices
  • Somethin' 'Bout Love - Fred Hammond - Compare Prices

Recommended Urban Gospel Starter Songs

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