May 17

Angel Band: New Version, New Style, Same Meaning, Same Sting

The roots of Southern Gospel extend back to a time when singing together was a way of life. People would come from miles around to join in a song and make something that was bigger than each person could ever be on their own. It was a real community of both faith and music.

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A Southern Gospel Revival

It was done as a homage to the gospel community, a wanting to create a modern take on traditional Southern Gospel heritage. Musicians from a variety of genres, styles and bands came together for a Revival of Southern Gospel Music.

The list of the band members includes Josh Masters, who is known for his musicality and ability to adapt to any genre; Brian Rung, who became a changed man since he bought a copy of Van Halen’s 1984 back in ’84; and Phil “The Darkness” Hook. Other members who like to participate in The Revival Project continue to join the band.

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The Revival Project (Album)

Performers have the freedom to choose the song they want to record. The arrangements were done on the day of recording. Each member of the band contribute to how they wanted the song to sound. It is a true effort of creativity, friendship, and love of the craft of music.

The recordings were done in one take with no overdubs or reshoots. What you see is truly what it was like being in that room — listening and feeling all of the songs performed. Their goal was to breathe life back into songs that needed some attention and to revive a genre that impacted so many artists of today.

Here’s one of the songs from their album:

Southern gospel music

Southern gospel music is a genre of Christian music. Its name comes from its origins in the Southeastern United States whose lyrics aim to express either personal or a communal faith regarding biblical teachings and Christian life, as well as to give a Christian alternative to mainstream secular music. Southern Gospel is also termed as “quartet music” for its traditional “four men and a piano” set up. Further, the southern gospel has evolved over the years into a popular form of music across the United States and overseas. Most especially among baby boomers and those living in the Southern United States.

Like other forms of music the creation, the definition of southern gospel varies according to culture and social context. The purposes for singing vary.  These range from aesthetic pleasure, religious or ceremonial purposes, or as an entertainment product for the marketplace.

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