Archive for the Gospel Music Category

Apr 14 2014

Instructions on How to Sell Your Own Gospel Music

Ideally, gospel music industry is steadily growing as compared to other music industries as more and more people are venturing into it. In fact, those who were formally in the secular music industry are quickly coming to the gospel music industry. Therefore, competition is becoming stiff and stiffer every day, and this means that you must be smart in selling your music in order for you to earn a good living.

However, gospel music industry is unique as compared to others in that it revolves around religious values, but in terms of functionalities, it can be compared to country and pop music industries. In this regard, it has been observed that most gospel artists do not know how to sell their music after they have written them. Nevertheless, if this has been your concern, then worry no more as this article has an ultimate solution for you.

Ideally, it is always a pleasure for every music artist to realize an effective sale of his/her written music. The following instructions are eminent to achieve the above objective:

Step 1: Start by recording professional demos of your songs with musicians who have a vast experience in the industry. During recording, you should make sure that you have used the best musical instruments accompanying your songs such a guitar, piano, drums, and so on

Step 2: In most countries, you are not allowed to start selling your music to public before registering with the relevant authorities. In this regard, you must register your songs with United States Copyright Office either by standard mail or online. At this step, you are supposed to fill an application form, submit mp3s of your music, and finally, pay the registration fees ($35 for online and $65 for standard mail)

Step 3: Start to network with other professionals in the music industry by joining organizations such as the GMA (Gospel Music Association), sharing ideas with other professionals on forums, and attending gospel concerts and convections

Step 4: Submit your recorded demos to reputed gospel music publishers. You can easily find the right publisher by checking at the Gospel Music Association’s website. However, you are advised to submit songs that ultimately reflects the virtues and values of gospel music

Step 5: After getting the right publisher, you are supposed to negotiate on the viable terms and conditions of the contract. You might have to hire a lawyer and let him/her examine the contract you have signed with your publisher to be sure that you are getting the right and fair deals

Conclusion

If you follow the above instructions to the later, you are more likely to sell your written gospel music with a lot of ease. However, in any kind of selling, returns are not expected soon. Therefore, you must be ready to wait for some time before realizing the real turnover.

Apr 14 2014

How to Write the Best Gospel Music

Well, gospel music is quickly taking over the music industry. Indeed, research has shown that many renowned secular artists are shifting their interest in gospel music. However, if you were new to the music industry, you would probably face several challenges than those who were already in the industry, though they might have been in the secular categories. 2-apostles

Nevertheless, gospel music is more soulful and spiritual than secular music, and therefore, whenever you are planning to write any gospel song, you must make sure that the theme of praising, worshiping, and giving thanks to God must strongly unfold. Otherwise, you might not be successful in writing any meaningful gospel music. However, if you have a strong passion of being a gospel artist and you need more highlights on how to write the best music, then, worry no more as this article has good news for you.

Writing good gospel music is procedural, just like writing an academic paper! In this regard, the following are some of the eminent stepwise procedures:

Step 1: Since you are planning to write gospel music, it is advisable to commence your journey with a prayer to God

Step 2: To be able to write good music, you must appreciate what others have done in the industry. In addition, listening to other people’s music helps one to get inspired and get some few ideas

Step 3: Just take your time thinking about the phrases you would like to use and include your music. During this stage, try as much as possible to focus on the real song

Step 4: Start by writing the chorus of the song and then finally finish with the lyrics

Step 5: After you have written down your lyrics, it is then the right time to come up with the notes to accompany them. Ideally, it is always preferable to have a different note for each syllable

Step 6: Run through the whole song. If you do not like one-man guitar, then, it’s advisable to find someone who has experience in singing and whom you intend to sing together. It is not advised to start gospel as a beginning guitar player

Step 7: Get the composition of the paper into sound. You have to practice it to perfection

Step 8: Get the necessary gospel musical instruments. At this stage, you are supposed to select the best musical instruments that would maintain the spiritual and soulful theme. In most cases, gospel artists prefer to use Guitar, Piano, Drums, Tambourine, Organ, and so on

Step 9: Record your songs (start with audio, then video)

Step 10: Distribute your gospel music using the right channels

Conclusion

The above procedure has been known to have worked well with many successful gospel artists, implying that it can still work for you too. Therefore, if you follow the above procedure to the later, then, your dream of becoming a successful gospel music writer will be achieved effectively.

Apr 14 2014

Gospel Genres

Interesting Facts About Gospel Music

The gospel music genre is one of the most vibrant and widely sang genres of music in the globe. Its definition, performance, creation and even significance vary greatly from one culture to the other and the context in which it is used or sang. The purpose of composing or performing gospel music does in most instances depend on the singer even though these songs are mostly sung for aesthetic pleasure, ceremonial or religious purposes and also for entertainment. Essentially though, gospel songs are meant to be songs of testimony, warning, religious exaltation or persuasion. As a matter of fact, gospel songs are meant to have a purpose and spread a message.

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Genres

Generally, gospel music is dominated by vocals, the voice and words used in a gospel song are usually quite audible and are normally accompanied by lyrics of a Christian nature. Many of such songs are tuneful and easy to grasp. Several sub genres exist, these include; Southern Gospel, Contemporary Gospel, Urban Contemporary Gospel (Black Gospel) and Contemporary Gospel Music (Modern Gospel). The southern gospel, with its all male, baritone bass and tenor led quartet is one of the most well known and popular subgenres. The Urban Contemporary Gospel genre is also quite popular in America as it known to constantly fuse different tunes and tones. For those coming from Ireland, Scotland and even parts of Wales; they would be very familiar with the Celtic Gospel subgenre which infuses some Celtic flair to the Gospel tune and has been popularized by one of the most famous gospel groups, the Dublin Gospel Choir.

It should be noted that these genres are not a final product in themselves as most of these genres are still developing. A good example is the Progressive Southern Gospel which has grown out of the Southern Gospel Genre; another great example is the growing Christian country music genre that has seen tremendous growth in the past decade or so with some of the gospel singers in this genre even winning awards. Most if not all of the famous gospel groups in the industry can thus be categorized in one or several of the above mentioned sub-genres.

Most forms of gospel music normally use one or a combination of the following equipments and group formation; they use choirs, a Hammond Organ, Bass Guitar, Drums, Tambourines, and in the recent past many singers have opted to use the electric guitar from different guitar brands. Because gospel music has a very oral genesis and tradition, there is usually a lot of repetition in the songs to either drive the point home or to give it an easy tune.

Apr 14 2014

Gospel Musical Instruments

The list of Musical Instruments for Effective Gospel Music

What is gospel music? Well, this question has proved to be quite challenging for some people in the music industry. Due to this, they have ended up producing songs that do match with Christian doctrines. In fact, such songs are more of a secular than gospel. Ideally, the common theme for composing any Gospel music is to praise, give thanks, and worship God. Therefore, the musical instruments in composing such a special music matters a lot.

Ideally, Gospel music differs in flavor and style basing on the musical instruments used. In most cases, Gospel songs are characterized by strong and robust vocals with distinctively strong harmony. However, some people are still unaware of the best musical instruments that can used to come up with the best touching Gospel music. In this regard, hundreds and thousands of Gospel artists are visiting various online websites hosting Gospel-music-related articles to get some highlights. If this has been your concern, then worry no more, as this article presents you with the ultimate solution, and the following are eminent:

  • Bass Guitar

Many Gospel bands usually have a bass guitar player. Ideally, this instrument is commonly used because Gospel music has been viewed to have the same sensation as the Blues. In fact, a guitar has a very soulful tune.

  • Piano

In the modern church setting, playing Gospel music without a piano has become almost impossible. This instrument is often used to supplement the words of slow-gospel songs and during solo singing.

  • Tambourine

According to the author and publisher of Encyclopedia of American Gospel Music, W.K. McNeil, various members of a certain choir commonly play the above musical instrument. It has several benefits; such as light weight, helps to keep the beat, and can be held in one hand.

  • Drums

Drums are the most common musical instruments in places of worship. Indeed, it used to provide the beat for worshippers to clap while singing or when listening to gospel music. However, drum beats are more popular in Africa.

  • Organ

The list of the viable musical instruments would be incomplete without mentioning the Organ. The Organ is a piano-like keyboard that produces sound from compression of air pushed through pipes. It is an essential device of gospel music.

Conclusion

The list of gospel musical instruments is just endless as it varies from one setting to another. However, if the theme of the music has to remain (being soulful and spiritual), then the above instruments can suffice. Thanks.

Apr 14 2014

Gospel Music History

This genre of music is normally spiritually driven. It seeks to, mark the hallmarks of Christianity while extolling the values advocated by this religion. Today gospel music continues to push the envelope of entertainment, topping chats and even being club hits ahead of secular music.

Roots and beginnings

Gospel music history initial beginnings are not well documented; however, there is a consensus that, its roots can be traced to African culture. It has been theorized, that from the traditional culture of songs of praises of deity. The Trans-Atlantic slave trade and its massive influx of indigenous Africans in the Americas then disseminated the culture of praise for the creator.

As slaves were assimilated into Christianity by their masters, in came the songs of praise by the oppressed. Before 1867, work songs in the cotton and sugarcane fields, carried messages of hope and Christian Teachigs.These song were carefully crafted and carried positive messages. Most of these songs were drawn from Biblical experiences and teachings that the slaves could easily relate too.Then came in jubilees; which were as a result of the slaves total embrace of Christianity. They had a call and response technic, these would later be finessed into harmonic hymns that were sang in church services.

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Dr. Martin Luther king Jr, and Rev.Jesse Jackson are amongst the few figures who spearheaded the civil rights movement. Their ecclesiastical background in this crucial part of American history served to equally transform gospel music history. Songs like “We shall overcome” could later on go on to punctuate the struggle for civil rights in United States. These songs would provide a blend of socially conscious messages and scripture verses a slight variation to the initial gospel songs.

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He is perhaps credited with, the term “gospel music.”His crossing over from blues to writing influential gospel music that would later on inspire even the sensational rock legend Elvis Presley. This period is arguably the peak of gospel music and was laced with many gospel legends like Mahalia Jackson, Sister Rosette Tharpe, The Blind boys of Alabama amongst others.

1960s to present day

The 60s saw massive success for the gospel artists often leading to financial successes too. This saw a move from the traditional choir and bands to improved solo performances. James Brown and Aretha Franklin are some of the notable acts of this era.

The seventies saw an influx of gospel families like the Winans.Towards the 90s RnB blended with gospel to propel the likes of Cece Winans into stardom. Towards the late 90s, however, with the prominence of hip-hop, saw the abandonment of the electric guitar. The likes of Kirk Franklin produced chat topping hip-hop gospel more appealing to the hip hop +generation.

Apr 13 2014

Gospel Soul Music

What is Soul Music?

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Soul music is a very popular music style developed by African-American artistes that initially established their fanbase in the 1950’s. During that time, James Brown, Ray Charles and other musicians blended popular gospel music with R n B (rhythm and blues) to create the initial soul music. Some people considered this sounds to be nearly blasphemous, as portrayed in the biopic movie Ray. To use gospel sounds, one of the best African-American elements of Christianity, and copy the music style to speak about women, love and special moments, was considered by some to be a little perilous.

However, these first soul music styles were hugely popular at the time. The popular gospel music that was copied by soul musicians was combined with old rock and R n B styles. Several record labels immediately started to produce the immensely familiar soul style and some labels were inspired by this singing style.

Although major record companies immediately signed soul musician S. Burke, the new entrants like Golwax Records and Stax Records enhanced the popularity of this style by signing artists such as James Carr, Aretha Franklin and Otis Redding.

By the early 70’s, soul music had been greatly transformed to include more message-oriented singing and also the psychedelic rock styling. What’s Going On (By Marvin Gaye) was one of the most popular albums during this period. This release incorporated the constant conflict between various American races and the start of the Vietnam War.

This style also incorporated disco and funk stylings. Although singing styles were quite similar, the danceable disco and funk beats are still an integral part of soul music. Wind And Fire and the Commodores and Earth were two familiar bands of the original disco-soul groups, bringing the style to the fore of public attention and producing many popular hits.

White musicians also started to copy the style and their songs, sometimes known as blue-eyed soul, also gained considerable popularity. Among the first bands, the most familiar is Hall and Oates, who is well-known for the hit song ‘Private Eyes’. A number of the 80s bands also got inspired by soul styles and incorporated certain parts in their releases.

These days, soul music exists in a number of forms while the first soul styles include rap or hip-hop music. There are some guitar styles in today’s soul singing where it’s simple, musical, and harmonious. Popular songs by hip-hop musicians like Mary j Blige also integrate gospel into modern music. Contemporary new-soul musicians include Jose Stone, Babyface, Alicia Keys and India Arie.