The last type of gospel music to be mentioned is Country Gospel. This is also known as Country Christian Music. It is similar to Bluegrass and Southern gospel music. However, as the banjo is the main instrument in Bluegrass gospel music, other instruments such as the guitar are used more in country gospel music.
Bluegrass gospel music does have some similarities to southern gospel music. They are both considered music of the “South.” It is believed that bluegrass gospel music was started in the 1800s. It has the same trio or quartet singers as in Southern gospel music. However, the music is not as loud as urban gospel, but rather the instruments are quietly playing in the background. In the same manner as southern gospel, the quartet might sing acapella. However, the sound and tone is different than what would be sung by a barbershop quartet.
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.
The beginning of gospel music is quite complicated. It is hard to trace the exact origin of this music as it has so many influences. Other music such as pop, rock, country and folk music have all contributed to gospel music as it is now know. The gospel music of today is quite different than the church hymns of the early Christian church.
It is believed that the largest influence of gospel music within America has been from the African-Americans who were brought over to the colonies as slaves. They brought with them the original African folk songs and tunes that are still prevalent in modern day gospel and worship music. In a similar way that other type of music has changed, gospel music has also seen a transformation.