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Unformatted text preview: ackness from Minnesota. Winning three Grammys and an additional five Grammy nominations since their 1991 debut album, The Evolution of Gospel, they combine multiple African American music genres into their repertoire. 6 Crossroads: Music of American Cultures (Barkley) Kendall Hunt Publishers, 2013 The traditions of Black spirituals and gospel music have each had a period in American history when they were one of the strongest musical expressions of African American culture. Even after their particular era of dominance had passed, they continued to influence all subsequent music. Spirituals, both as solos and in choir arrangements, are frequent additions to concert repertoire. Gospel music still plays a vital role in worship services for both African American and white churches and is crossing over into the secular arena. Gospel music is now firmly established as a musical tradition throughout the United States and has also become popular internationally. In addition to serving a vital function in the liturgical services of churches of all denominations, gospel choirs are also becoming increasingly popular additions to the performing ensembles on college campuses. In Chicago, around 70,000 gospel fans gather every year for the Chicago Gospel Festival where acts range from traditional choirs and quartets to contemporary sounds and fusions. Church conventions in which gospel music plays an impo...
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