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Gospel Music Has A New Genre Title: “Smooth”


If someone simply says, “Gospel Music”, what’s the first thing that comes to mind?

Music that carries or relates to the Biblical message of Jesus Christ?

Of course.

That’s the “Gospel” part of it.

However, the “Music” part comes in many forms—and some people who may like one in particular tend to stay with it more or less exclusively. Therefore, to instantly identify WHICH type of Gospel Music one is talking about, certain terms have been generally used for years.

The term “Black” is used to differentiate from the various forms of “White” Gospel Music—which includes “Southern”, “Christian”, “Country”, “Bluegrass”, “Old-Time”, “Folk”, and others.

Yet, even in “Black” Gospel Music there are distinct forms that differ from the others and also have their own loyal audiences. They are usually grouped into five major categories: “Spiritual”, “Quartet”, “Traditional”, “Urban”, and “Praise & Worship”


There are many popular Gospel Music singers and songwriters whose styles don’t really fit into ANY of these five categories—yet for years there’s been NO adequate term to apply to them.

There is now!

“SMOOTH Gospel Music”!

Who’s “Smooth”? Andre Crouch. Edwin Hawkins. Walter Hawkins. Tramaine Hawkins. Daryl Coley. Richard Smallwood. Take 6. Yolanda Adams. The Winans. Helen Baylor. And on, and on, and on.

Yes, we “borrowed” the term from the “Jazz” world, which they use to describe Jazz that is neither too far to the left or to the right but “goes down smooth” for just about everybody.

Well, the same is true for “Smooth Gospel Music”, which is why the term not only fits so well but is quickly gaining favor all over the country.

For this reason, The Gospel Music Institute has recently launched “”, a new database site where the people who MAKE “Smooth Gospel Music” and the people who LIKE “Smooth Gospel Music” can NETWORK with each other for their mutual benefit.

The ENTIRE Gospel Music public is invited to join us.

Rodena Preston, sister to the late great Gospel & Pop organist Billy Preston and a well known Gospel Music singer, musician, and choir director herself, says of “”, “We’ve really needed this, and it’s long overdue”. Rodena is also on the Board Of Directors of The Gospel Music Workshop Of America, founded by the late Rev. James Cleveland.


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