Join the Chorus: A Selection of Gospel Music
In its origins, gospel music derived from the frequent use of call-and-response singing, particularly within a black oral tradition in the American South. While the genre was bred in religious and ceremonial settings, that call has received responses from many other contexts, from bluegrass to contemporary, nonreligious forms. The style and its cultural impact is the focus of a new summer program at Berklee titled the Gospel Performance Program. In this playlist, the program's director Jonathan Singleton, who is also an assistant professor in the Ensemble Department, handpicks a variety of gospel classics and innovators.