The Best Black Gospel Music of 2017

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Looking for the best black gospel music of 2017? Look no further! Here are our top picks for the year.

What is black gospel music?

Black gospel music is a genre of music that is rooted in the musical traditions of the African American church. The style originated in the early 20th century and has evolved over the years to include a wide range of musical influences, including blues, jazz, R&B, and hip-hop.

Black gospel music is often characterized by its use of call-and-response patterns, as well as its focus on themes of hope and redemption. This type of music is typically uplifting and upbeat, making it perfect for both religious worship and secular enjoyment.

If you’re looking for some great black gospel music to add to your playlist, be sure to check out the tracks below. These songs are all from 2017 and represent some of the best work that this genre has to offer.

The history of black gospel music

Black gospel music has its roots in the African-American church, with the earliest recordings dating back to the 1920s. The genre is sometimes referred to as “race music” or “black spirituals,” and it has influenced other genres like jazz and R&B.

While the style of black gospel music has evolved over the years, the one constant has been its message of hope and inspiration. As we look back on 2017, here are some of the best black gospel songs that have uplifted and inspired us.

The best black gospel music of 2017

There was a lot of great black gospel music released in 2017. Some of the standout tracks include “Never Have to Be Alone” by James Fortune & FIYA, “You Deserve It” by JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise, and “I Won’t Complain” by Tasha Cobbs Leonard. Let’s take a closer look at these three tracks and see what made them so special.

Kirk Franklin

Kirk Franklin is a gospel singer, songwriter, and record producer. He is known for his work with the group Kirk Franklin & The Family, as well as his solo work. Kirk Franklin has won numerous awards, including Grammys, BET, and Dove Awards. His 2017 album “Losing My Religion” was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Gospel Album.

Travis Greene

Travis Greene is an American gospel musician and songwriter. active since 2009, Greene has released five studio albums. Greene’s fourth album The Hill, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart in 2016. In October of the same year, Greene won four Dove Awards at the 47th GMA Dove Awards. He won Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, Contemporary Gospel/Urban Album of the Year for The Hill and Contemporary Gospel/Urban Recorded Song of the Year for “Made a Way”.

Tamela Mann

Mann’s career began in Gospel music. She started out singing in a local church choir and eventually formed a group called “Kirk Franklin & The Family”, with whom she recorded three albums. The group toured extensively and earned a number of awards, including a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album for Heal the Land in 2002. In 2006, Mann began her solo career with the album “God Provides”, which debuted at number one on the Billboard Gospel chart and yielded the hit single, “Take It to Jesus”. She has released eight studio albums and two live albums, all of which have charted on the Billboard Gospel charts. Her most recent album, 2015’s One Way, peaked at number one on both the Billboard Gospel chart and the Top Christian Albums chart. Mann has also appeared in a number of films and television shows, including Madea’s Big Happy Family (2011), Spare Parts (2015) and Greenleaf (2016).

The future of black gospel music

What does the future of black gospel music look like?

This is a question that is often asked by those who love this genre of music. There are many different opinions on the matter, but one thing is for sure – the future of black gospel music is bright.

There are a number of young, talented artists who are making their mark on the world of black gospel music. These artists are bringing fresh new sounds and styles to the genre, and they are quickly gaining popularity. Some of the most popular black gospel artists of 2017 include Jekalyn Carr, Briana Babineaux, William Murphy, Tasha Cobbs, and Kirk Franklin.

These artists are just a few of the many talented people who are helping to shape the future of black gospel music. With their unique sounds and styles, they are sure to continue to gain popularity in the coming years. Be sure to keep an ear out for them – they are sure to make a big impact on the world of black gospel music.

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