The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Glorious gospel

Florida label offers new sounds


There is no more joyous form of religious expression than American gospel music. This indigenous genre is represented by many performers who continue to work in the traditional modes of Mahalia Jackson, Thomas A. Dorsey, Willie Mae Ford Smith, the Barrett sisters and others. But there are also as many new gospel styles as there are new songs being written. And continually, new companies spring up to record them.

For example, Allen & Allen Music Group (a small Florida label founded by two performers of inspirational jazz), so far has specialized in church choirs and other large ensembles from that state. Two recent releases demonstrate virtually every gospel style currently being performed.


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