History of Gospel, R&B and Soul Music

Course Number:MUS-106DL Credit Hours: 2

Course Description

Gospel, R&B and Soul are widely considered as some of the primary influences in the development of disco, rap, hip hop, fusion, and contemporary urban and modern R&B styles. This course will follow the trajectory of gospel, R&B and soul music from the development of hymns and spirituals through modern gospel. This course will cover topics such as hymns and spirituals, early liturgical music, the first gospel choirs, gospel and the blues, southern gospel, gospel and rock n’ roll, gospel and soul, Christian country gospel, contemporary Christian music, urban contemporary gospel, and modern gospel and R&B music. Some of the artists covered include the Kingsmen Quartet, Ray Charles, The Oak Ridge Boys, Andraé Crouch, Yolanda Adams, Kirk Franklin, Fred Hammond, Israel Houghton, and more. These topics will be explored via lectures, readings, listening examples and videos.

Teresa James

Growing up in Texas, Teresa James started singing and playing piano at a very young age and has been performing ever since. With her band, the Rhythm Tramps, she has toured throughout the US and Europe and has released 8 CDs, receiving a nomination from the Blues Foundation for Contemporary Female Blues Artist of the Year in 2008 and an Independent Music Award nomination in 2010. In addition to working with her band, she has sung for many films and TV shows, including Toy Story 3, Runaway Jury, Hole, The Simpsons, Ellen, Step By Step, to name just a few. She can also be heard singing with Reba McIntyre on the theme to her television show Reba. As a professional session singer, Teresa has also been featured on commercials (for McDonald’s, Barbie, Michelob, etc.) and works regularly in the studio with Burt Bacharach, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, Steve Dorff, and many others. She has served as a studio coach for many other professional singers and actors, including Andie McDowell, Tommy Castro and the Radio City Rockettes. Some of the artists that she has toured or recorded with include Randy Newman, Bill Medley, Neil Diamond, Eric Burdon, Spencer Davis, Peter Gallagher and others (including a duet with Mickey Mouse). For more info, please visit Teresa’s website at www.teresajames.com.

Week 1:

Lesson 1: Hymns & Spirituals

Lesson 2: Liturgical Music

Week 2:

Lesson 3: The First Gospel Choirs

Lesson 4: Gospel & The Blues

Week 3:

Lesson 5: Southern Gospel

Lesson 6: Gospel & Rock n’ Roll

Week 4:

Lesson 7: Christian Country Gospel

Lesson 8: Contemporary Christian Music

Week 5:

Lesson 9: Urban Contemporary Gospel

Lesson 10: Modern Gospel & R&B Music

Hardware & Equipment Requirements:

This course will require you to use a computer to view web pages with text, audio, and video examples.

You will need:

·         Desktop or laptop PC or Mac with speakers, running the most up-to-date versions of Google Chrome or Firefox (see “Software Requirements” for more info)

Software Requirements: