Conservative Gospel Music

I recently joined a website for homeschool alumni. I noticed yesterday on one member’s profile page that she liked “Conservative Gospel Music,” naming artists from the Inspirations to Steve Green’s earlier work to (possibly?) Greater Vision.

When I read that, I thought her phrase captured well the answer to the┬áperennial question about how some Southern Gospel fans (me included!) could vote for the Inspirations in one category and Greater Vision in another. Both groups stay within their tradition, neither pushing the envelope, and the members of both live (to my knowledge, and to the public’s knowledge) lives off stage consistent with how they represent themselves on stage.

Conservative Gospel Music is something almost as undefinable as Southern Gospel Music. You just have to know what you’re looking for, and if you do, you intuitively know when you have found it. You come away from a Mark Trammell Trio concert or a Primitive Quartet concert with a whole different feeling than you do after hearing certain progressive groups, or than you would after hearing a singer who you knew was living a life offstage inconsistent with how they represent themselves on stage.

It’s the sort of thing that I can’t capture in words, but have been pondering anyhow ever since that phrase caught my attention.

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  1. Very well put. I sometimes forget that Southern Gospel does not necessarily mean Conservative. More often than not when I hear Progressive Southern Gospel, I am disappointed.

  2. This reader that you mentioned likes Steve Green – who isn’t even remotely southern. In fact – progressive SG would fit INBETWEEN the work of Steve Green and Greater Vision.

    Not to mention the fact that fans of pop and rock would consider progressive SG to be “conservative gospel” as well.

  3. Well, from my vantage point, I can have no problem seeing how someone could identify “Conservative Gospel Music” in a way that would include Steve Green’s older music and current traditional SG, but would not include the Booth Brothers, Crossway, or TK and McRae.

  4. Why can all Gods Children just get along ? (Thats a great song too) Lets enjoy all the styles the lord gave his artist to sing.lets be an example and teach lead and pray and not condemn the ones who have trouble living right and have fallen. Lets hold up the older artist in fervent prayer and standard,encourage the young ones trying go make a statement musically.Lets know all the facts and be able to hear and see any good Gospel music style and know its good or bad by the fruits of blessing and ear before we speak and expose our selves to musical ignorance Love you folks and each of us have different taste but we are here to promote Him.