Gospel Music vs. Modern Times

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By Nathan Johnson, Staff Writer

We have all heard the top forty on the radio and have had something in common with lyrics we hear on a daily basis. Whether it be on the radio, at work or at school. However, how many of us take time to listen to other genres of music, such as gospel?

Gospel music can touch us just as any other song can, but sometimes people look negatively upon this music because it is based off of religious views.

Listening to gospel music can have leave you with positive vibes, regardless of what your religious background is. Just because it is something different doesn’t mean that is can’t have a positive effect.

This past April a story broke about a 9 year old boy from Atlanta who was kidnapped. Not only did this boy sing the gospel song entitled, “Every Praise,” but he sang it for hours.

Eventually the kidnapper got tired of hearing him so he decided to let him go. A few days later, gospel singer Hezekiah Walker and performer of “Every Praise,”  showed up to the young boy’s church and thanked him for singing his song to get out of that horrible situation.

Some people who have a strong belief when it comes to religion or religious music found this story touching, but after reading this I did wonder why gospel music is not as popular as other genres.

Minister Charlene Dawkins of Steubenville, Ohio, also the mother of two famous gospel singers Dawkins & Dawkins said, “People sometimes just don’t want to hear the right thing. They don’t want to hear Jesus is the best thing. Some would rather hear my girl is the best thing or some other things are the best things. However, gospel music and lyrics just say how God is and what God has done for us and what he can do for us. That’s why I don’t think it’s the most popular compared to other genres.”

I think it is important that we as a society try to listen to other music outside of our favorite genre’s to get a feel on how different music influences our lives and throw out personal beliefs.

So college students, if you’re interested in listening to gospel music, you can always listen to it on Pandora, or IHeart Radio, and even You Tube. If you want to hear some gospel artist live, you can watch BET on Sunday mornings at 9:00 in the morning.

There is a gospel show called “Bobby Jones Gospel” where artist perform live on television.

Another way you can hear gospel music is through the season of gospel singing competitions called “Sunday Best.” Sunday Best airs on Sunday nights at 8:00 in the evening.

You can of course check a city near you to see if there’s any concerts coming up. So you see there are many ways for you to listen to gospel music and it is always nice to hear a different genre of music outside of your favorites.

 

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