Celebrating Black Gospel Music Composers

02.06.20 | by Ricky Draper

         FBNO Worship & Music Ministry will be highlighting the music of black gospel music composers for the month of February.  From the early twentieth century hymns of Thomas A. Dorsey to the contemporary works of Kirk Franklin, black gospel music tells the story of a race of people that endured many years of oppression; more importantly, in the face of persecution and marginalization, they learned to trust in God through it all!

           We are excited to take you all on this worshipful and musical journey. Today, we are highlighting the works of Andraè Crouch.  As one of black gospel’s greatest ambassadors, Pastor Crouch is best known for bridging cultural and racial gaps within American church music. He brought a “west coast” sound to black gospel which had a large national and  international crossover appeal.  The spirit of his work has been carried on by composers such as Edwin & Walter Hawkins, Dr. Margaret Douroux, and Daryl Coley.

         In the coming weeks, FBNO Worship & Music Ministry will be highlighting the music of Kirk Franklin, Hezekiah Walker, Doris Ackers, and Thomas A. Dorsey (affectionately known as the “Father of Gospel Music”).  However, we do not plan to stop there—our music ministry is looking forward to incorporating music from many cultures and nationalities as we all worship God, together as one body!

    “Through It All”

    Through it all, through it all;
    I’ve learned to trust in Jesus,
    I’ve learned to trust in God.
     
    Through it all, through it all;
    I’ve learned to depend upon His word.

    -Andraè Crouch

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