Gospel Music, once restricted to black worship services, has come into its own as a genre that rivals contemporary secular music in its popularity. No longer viewed as a means to an end in itself, with many talented musicians seeking first the kingdom of gospel music ministry rather than the holy grail of popular music.
This book traces its origin from its Biblical roots to the "code songs" and spirituals that emerged during slavery. It assesses the impact on the genre of Thomas A. Dorsey, the "Father of Gospel Music," through the latter's founding of the Gospel Music Workshop of America. A highlight of the book is the interviews with key figures in gospel music who have strived to preserve the heritage of this uniquely African American art form. This book is a valuable contribution to the field for all devotees of this music.
Kathryn B. Kemp, a retired educator, administrator, and music director resides in Chicago. She is a licensed minister whose desire is to do the work that God has ordained for her life.
Make A Joyful Noise!
A Brief History of Gospel Music Ministry in America
by Kathryn B. Kemp
Publisher: Joyful Noise Press
Publication Date: July 2011
Format: Trade Paperback, 248 pages, 5" x 8"
Book Type: New