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What's the difference between Gospel and Christian music? I ask because Amy Grant is now considered a Gospel singer.

I always assumed Gospel music, originated from the roots of black churches; whereas Christian music was the opposite, it had a white background. Thank you for your answers

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Depends on who is doing the classifying. Someone who sings or enjoys black gospel music would probably cringe to hear Amy Grant called a gospel singer. Nothing against Amy Grant - I have a couple of her albums - but I wouldn't call her music gospel. More like contemporary Christian music.

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To me Gospel music is the hymns, whereas Christian music is more of a modern version and the subject does not necessarily have to be about Jesus or God but our lives and how we can include our beliefs in it.

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Gospel music is real church music. Christian music is bowdlerized pop music to sell religion to young folks.

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There normally is no difference in style just in theme. Normally Gospel music has to do with themes about the Gospel (which means Good News). It can also refer to Southern Gospel style,in that it is more twangy and stringy. But I guess the biggest difference I have found is geographical location. Normally, southerners use the term Gospel and northerners normally use Christian.

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There is a fine line between the two. Gospel can be more up beat/ quartet -sung( as well as solo). Elvis sang Gospel music. It originated from Black musicians and evolved over time.
Both can be linked to hymns! Story lines are sung.

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