What is the Spiritual difference between Gospel music vs. Christian music?

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#1 Apr 9, 2007
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Touch Blevins

El Centro, CA

#2 Jun 14, 2009
according to the billboard music charts, the difference is that christian music is mainly associated with white people, and gospel music is associated with black people. If you ask me, it all should be considered christian music.
woman of God

San Diego, CA

#3 Aug 26, 2009
In my opinion and from where I was raised, the difference between the two is that gospel music has a soulful energy to it where christian music does not. It has nothing to do with black or white. Where I grew up for example, baptist churches always sang gospel songs and we'll say for example, a seventh day adventist church sang christian music.Although, you mainly see black people singing gospel and white people singing christian music,I do understand why people would automatically assume gospel is associated with black people and christian with white people.
mimi

Lake Worth, FL

#4 Feb 17, 2010
the difference between gospel music and christian music is that gospel is soul music that is energetic and christian music is very soft and smooth. it has nothing to do with color, but however, gospel music started with the african americans in the 1920s. matter of fact, even before the 1920s....
BOBA

Bratislava, Slovakia

#5 Mar 20, 2010
hi,but can somebody tell me,what is the difference between spirituals and gospel songs?
Nina

Upper Marlboro, MD

#6 Mar 27, 2010
I like both "christian" and "gospel" music. As an African American, I find that gospel music (white or black) speaks to the sorrow, anguish, and desperation in my heart that only Christ can fill. The lyrics often point out the hardships of life and speak to the desperate need for Christ. They speak to my "soul." I don't experience that same connection with my inner anguish when I listen to Christian music. There is a place for both in my life; I enjoy both. I just prefer not to mix secular sounds with music about God. Artists in both camps are guilty of this. You just have to be picky and willing to look around til you find something that fits your needs and is still holy.
Nina

Upper Marlboro, MD

#7 Mar 27, 2010
Now, my understanding of spirituals are that they originated from songs slaves sung during slavery days. Again they speak to the anguish and desperation. But, they are a direct product of that era. Gospel is not necessarily black or white, perhaps southern, but it is a genre that artist are still contributing to today. Negro spirituals are only from that era.
Some music history student may be able to answer this more accurately but my response is based only on my knowledge to date.
Jahri

Greensboro, NC

#8 May 21, 2010
I like both "christian" and "gospel" music. As an African American, I find that gospel music (white or black) speaks to the sorrow, anguish, and desperation in my heart that only Christ can fill. The lyrics often point out the hardships of life and speak to the desperate need for Christ. They speak to my "soul." I don't experience that same connection with my inner anguish when I listen to Christian music. There is a place for both in my life; I enjoy both. I just prefer not to mix secular sounds with music about God. Artists in both camps are guilty of this. You just have to be picky and willing to look around til you find something that fits your needs and is still holy.
Ttt

Riverside, CA

#9 May 22, 2010
Both should be the same. The truth is Gospel or Christian music does not have to all sound the same. The focus should be on something that gives glory to God some type of way. People may do it with praise music, others kind of like making a movie, may create it in a testimonial way about personal experiences in Christ or experiences in other people or event that could take place in people in general. The most important thing is to truly have God in your heart and receive good things shared about God in music for both those who create it and those who listen to it.
sky

Hillsborough, NC

#10 Jan 14, 2011
I personally think that gospel and spiritual musics is the same because they sound the same. One day you may think you hear a gospel song on the radio when its really a spiritual song. It may be confusing thats why i would say its the same.
ChiChi

Bethlehem, GA

#11 Oct 18, 2011
There is no Spiritual difference. The only difference is Radio Format that separate them by genre. Gospel music being the type of music that Black ppl listen to and the Christian music being what White ppl listen to. Christian music is more guitar driven and rock-n-roll type. Both of them achieve the same spiritual effect as long as they are anointed.
Keyonna

Hollywood, FL

#12 Jan 1, 2012
To me the difference is that gospel is more soulful than christian music. Also, when I listen to gospel music I tend to focus on the delivery of the song. If someone sounds horrible i find myself lost but with Christian music its not like that. No matter who sing the song, I find myself in tears yearning for God. Btw...I am black so it's definitely not a racial matter. Be Blessed :)
ThomasA

Anniston, AL

#13 Jan 3, 2012
Now we have a the "Contempory Christian" music that follows a 7-11 format. A seven word phrase repeated eleven times ,with guitar and drums getting louder each repeat to stir up the congregation. This is commonly used in the storefront "worship and praise centers" set up in shopping centers and strip malls by self appointed ministers who got their theology degree online. Give me the old time religion and gospel music anytime.
OMO OLORUN

Europe

#14 Jan 7, 2012
'Gospel' as the name implies means 'good news'. a song about a change in govt, return of peace to a war-torn zone or death of a tyrant leader all in d name of being a beleiver are all gospel. many times they are written out of passion and music experience & has little or nothing to do with d soul or salvation(though d lyrics & instrumentations may be arranged to produce such effect). xtian music has it foundation in christ, many times composed under inspiration thru d holy spirit & always with a divine msg.
Michael McIndoe

Schenectady, NY

#15 Jan 20, 2012
No diffrence, just different sound. I think radio stations should play them together. It creates more diversity and probably a new feeling for God. So many Christians are so focused on genre and dont have an open ear to other types Music that glorifies God. Being Black my self, I listen to artist from Skillet to Shierly Ceasar :P
Brian

Plano, TX

#16 Jul 23, 2012
There is an enourmous difference. But you have to first distinguish the type of "Gospel" Music.
There is traditional Gospel, or black gospel which are spirituals that were mainly written by slaves and blacks in the Civil Rights and slavery Days that were written for the purpose of looking forward to the paradise that would await them after a life of suffering. It was a cry out to God for help from their lives of pain and suffering. After the days of slavery and Jim Crow laws, Black Gospel is now common place in black churches as tradition and is sung with joy, as the black church enjoys its best days in America as a free and enjoyable people who are thanking God for their deliverence from slavery and instituational prejuidce, but also are used for your everyday black person who looks to Christ for strength, redemption, healing and uses it to praise him for the blessings. Post continued
Raliat

Lawrenceville, GA

#17 Aug 21, 2012
Gospel and Christian music are the same in regards to they both talk about how awesome and powerful God is. But what differentiates the two is that when I listen to Gospel... I get a sense of encouragement, to praise, keep holding on and not give up, believing, reminder of what God is capable of doing in my life. When i listen to Christian Contemporary music... I'm drawn to admire who God is, worship Him, and it's an escape from the cares/troubles of life and allows me to just focus on Him. Me personally, I enjoy music with less instruments because it allows me to focus on the words of the song rather then a nice rhythm or beat. I love them both and a radio station that combines both would be great. Love you all!

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