The Power of the Gospel Discovered in a New Documentary Series

Without the gospel music, there could never be Aretha Franklin , Elvis Presley , Ray Charles , James Brown or Al Green . The African-American Bible music’s influence on early rock and soul music is the roots of the Gospel Rock and soul, a four-part documentary on Gospel’s influence on contemporary music .

The project, hosted by Grammy Award-winning precursor CeCe Winans, has shown the role of black gospel music in the birth of rock and roll and its continuing impact on popular music genres, including mood and R&B. The documentary explores these links as a way to restore the center of the Bible in the history of American popular music.

The series describes how the Dixie Hummingbirds, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Mahia Jackson, Sam Cook’s rise from gospel to pop music, and how “Oh Happy Day” brought music to mainstream pop culture later in the year. In the ‘ 60s, the effect of the Gospel on Al Green, the effect of the Gospel on Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Elvis Presley and civil rights movement. Follow a trailer for the following documentary.

In addition to interviews with dozens of musicians and historians, the Gospel rock and soul’s roots offer live performances recorded in Philadelphia for The McCrary Sisters and the Fairfield Four’s project.

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