As a follow-up to our discussion about whether Southern Gospel songs need bridges, let’s look at a different question. Do Southern Gospel songs need a chorus?
Back 200+ years ago, in the days where Watts and Newton defined hymnody, choruses were unheard of. Today, it’s probably a conservative estimate to say that at least 95% of Southern Gospel songs either have a chorus or are (only) a chorus.
To what extent does a song in our genre need a chorus? Singers, do you only cut songs with choruses? Songwriters, have you ever written and pitched songs without choruses—and what was the result?