Songwriters and their God-Given Talents
Gospel music has touched the lives of millions of people with the message of love, praise and appreciation towards God. Gospel lyrics imbibe an emotionally loaded message that people who have a very strong faith could relate to. Famous Gospel songwriters has embedded these messages within their gospel songs and in this article, their gospel lyric distinction will be specified as you read through. One of the notable gospel song writers in history is Richard Smallwood. Smallwood was a member of his gospel group at Howard University where he attended.
This gospel group was the first to appear at Montreux Jazz festival in Switzerland and because of the success that the gospel group attained, Richard Smallwood’s recording career began. Since 1982, his recording album as well as his gospel songs gathered a lot of awards from Grammy and Dove. The music of Smallwood has been sung by famous rhythm and blues artists such as Yolanada Adams, Destiny’s Child and even Chaka Khan who has presented Smallwood’s masterpiece at the Manhattan Center in New York. In his songs, his love for music, the love of a mother towards her Children and the love of God lies in his song.
Another popular gospel songwriter who was known for her Protestant Christian Hymns is Fanny Jane Crosby. She has created numerous secular songs, religious songs, and cantates that were collaborated with different artists and songwriters in history. Crosby’s way of writing her gospel songs include gospel lyrics that is seemed to be a little vintage in form and they always began with a prayer.
Crosby said that writing songs will never be inspirational without a prayer. Fanny Crosby has become well known that she was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in the year 1975. She is also honored with the feast day in the Episcopalian Church in United States of America which is celebrated on February 11.
Looking at the contemporary style of writing gospel songs, Hilltop records, a company renowned for producing beautiful Gospel lyrics and songs, has their own choices of the best gospel songwriters. Thomas Dorsey had religion in synergy of music in his blood. He studied music in his childhood and attended formal music school after going to high school.
The style of Thomas Dorsey was coined by Hilltop records as “dorseys” that means combining Christian praise and rhythms of jazz and blues. For a lifetime of success, humility remained in him. Throughout his life, sending his deepest thoughts to God and delivering the message to people who believed were the main themes of his Gospel lyrics.