During the 1600’s the first form of spiritual music was introduced by slaves when they would stay after regular worship services in churches or on plantations for singing and dancing. Slaves also held meetings at secret places to share their joy, pains, hopes, and to listen to preachers and sing spirituals for hours.
In the late 1700′s these spirituals became known as negro spirituals, because they were first inspired by the message of Jesus Christ and his good news (gospel) of the bible. After slavery negro spirituals began to change because blacks did not want to remember the songs that were song during slavery.
Composers started to make negro spirituals more exciting and uplifting. Which gave birth to another type of Christian music called gospel songs. Gospel music was rooted in the religious revivals of the 19th century and developed in different directions within the white and black communities in the United States.
Today gospel and inspirational music can be identified in many genres such as gospel, contemporary, and southern gospel.
No matter what genre gospel and inspirational music down through the years has been the driving force for lifting spirits, providing hope, and helping to overcome difficult and challenging circumstances in our lives.