Is Southern Gospel a lyric-driven genre?
I think the answer is yes.
After all, how many Southern Gospel songs would you enjoy as an instrumental piece—taking the soundtrack and adding in a cello part for the melody—if you didn’t already know the lyrics, and if that didn’t add to your enjoyment of the song?
Now I’m not saying there aren’t any. In fact, I can think of two:
- “Almost Morning” by the Perrys
- “He is Loved” by Greater Vision
There probably are a few others. But not many.
Southern Gospel is a lyric-driven genre. After all, it’s all about the message—all about the Gospel.