PBS celebrates secular music legacy with ‘Gospel Live!’

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in the nick of time black History MonthPBS celebrates gospel music’s storied legacy with premiere on February 9 gospel The live concert honors how the soul-stirring sound influenced generations of black music across a variety of genres.

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The lineup also reflected this mix: Mali Music, LaTocha, Anthony Hamilton and The Tone3s, Lena Byrd Miles, Shelia, John Legend, Torren Wells, music director Alonzo “Zoe” Harris and Erica Campbell who produced the show with Harvard scholar/documentarian Co-hosted. henry louis gates jr

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Erica Campbell opened the show with a traditional hymn, while Mali Music smoothly followed with a rendition of Sam Cooke’s “He’s So Wonderful.” LaTocha performed a remix of presented. “Blessed and highly favored” and “You bring sunshine.” Between Shelia’s fermata and Toren Wells’ spin on Stevie Wonder’s “Higher Ground,” the show ended on a high note, but not before we learned how gospel music directly influenced artists like Anthony Hamilton, who played Charlotte. John Legend honed his skills at Shiloh Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., where he learned to play the piano.

The PBS Gospel Live concert was the precursor to a 4-hour docu-series based on the power of gospel music.

Piecing together the connection between gospel music and the black experience, Gospel is a journey through the decades of evolution in which the sound of gospel music changed with cultural moments including the audience’s musical tastes and storytelling, the blues, the civil rights movement, and the American Revolution. The business of black music, the emergence of hip-hop, and more.

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Gospel music was born in the slave era, but through this collective series – featuring scholars from across the country and prominent music industry leaders such as Jacqueline Carr, Dionne Warwick and Vicki Mack LaTallade – we have been given a view that How it grew into a movement in its own right and served as a starting point for many artists and traditions that connected Biblical stories to the stories of Black Americans.

From the “Godmother of Rock ‘n’ Roll”, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, who blended her unique guitar style with blues and traditional gospel music early in her career, to Kirk Franklin’s blend of sounds that reached the unchurched, and “The Dollar Voice of the Rev. CL Franklin, father of Aretha Franklin” who organized Detroit’s 1963 Freedom March, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered an early version of his “I Have a Dream” speech, is one such example were where preaching and singing came together in a popular form that would reach billions of people around the world.

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While the genre has grown into a global spiritual art form, GOSPEL also tells of the influence Chicago and Detroit had on gospel music, as well as the Martin & Morris Music Company’s commercial status as the most successful black-owned music publisher. How to Open a Door to Marketing. Gospel music began in America in the mid-1900s.

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There is a lot to learn in combining visuals. Check your local listings for rebroadcasts of Gospel Live! and the GOSPEL docu-series on PBS.

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