Other than southern gospel, another form of gospel music is known as urban gospel. This is a contemporary from of this type of music. It is popular with the younger generation of Christians. Urban gospel was mainly started in the 1970s and is a combination of regular Christian hymns and the African spiritual songs. This music is largely attributed to African-Americans.
This type of gospel music differs from the other forms in the way it uses a wide assortment of instruments. These instruments are considered to make the music more modernized. For example, the instruments that can be found at a rock n roll concert are used in urban gospel music. These include items such as the bass, electric guitar, keyboard and drums. Opponents against urban gospel state that the use of these instruments have made the music appear more secular.
Another way in which urban gospel differs from the other forms of gospel music is in the use of a single main soloist. The music is also very fast-paced and the singer is required to connect with the audience on an emotional level.
The other types of music that have influenced urban gospel include rhythm and blues, jazz and hip hop. Some of the most well known urban gospel singers are Yolanda Adams, Donnie McClurkin and Kirk Franklin.