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Celebrating Gospel greats

GROUNDBREAKERS: The London Community Gospel Choir has been hugely successful

GOSPEL MUSIC is an art form that gives hope, brings joy and fosters unity. It has provided inspiration for black people through some of their most difficult times, and it has also formed the foundation upon which much of popular music is built.

Soul Stirrings turns the spotlight on gospel artists that have contributed greatly to the development of the genre...

Thomas Dorsey

H became known a the father of gospel music when he fused together blues, jazz and spirituals to formulate the sound known as gospel. Take My Hand, Precious Lord
– the song he wrote following the death of his wife and newborn child – remains one of gospel music’s most well- known and recorded songs.

Mahalia Jackson

Referred to as The Queen of Gospel, Mahalia Jackson became one of the most revered and influential gospel singers in the world. She recorded a total of 30 albums and sold millions of records, playing a key role in the civil rights movement of the 1960s. She was even featured on the weepie film, Imitation of Life.

Andrae Crouch

Singer, songwriter and producer Andrae Crouch is seen by many as the father of contemporary/modern gospel through his blending of secular contemporary sounds with gospel music. His songs My Tribute and The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power are sung in churches throughout the world. He has also worked with leading stars including Michael Jackson and Elton John.

Kirk Franklin

Kirk Franklin

For the last 20-plus years, Kirk Franklin has been one of gospel’s most popular artists. He was the first gospel artist to sell more than one million copies of a debut album. Many of his albums have been viewed as seminal works. He also runs his own label, and serves as host and co-executive producer of popular gospel talent show Sunday Best on BET.

The London Community Gospel Choir

When they formed in 1981, they were Britain’s first ever interdenominational choir and comprised singers from various Pentecostal denominations. LCGC were one of the first black gospel choirs to appear regularly on TV and served as a training ground for some of Britain’s foremost gospel singers including Michelle John, runner up of BBC’s The Voice UK, Dave Daniels and Mark Beswick. LCGC co-founder Bazil Meade is known as the godfather of UK gospel.


Mixing gospel with world music, Muyiwa carved a major niche for himself within the UK gospel scene, and became one of Britain’s most popular gospel artists. He demonstrated that it is possible to build a successful gospel career, despite the challenges that many face. He is the only UK gospel artist to sell out the Hammersmith Apollo, and aside from his music, he serves as director of Premier Gospel and presents international TV show, Turning Point.

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