Historical Perspective of
Hymn Choirs and Prayer Bands Tradition of Metered Hymns and Spirituals
In African American Churches in certain parts of the South Eastern United States, there still exists a style of music that pre-dates what the Gospel Music industry refers to as "Traditional Gospel Music", founded by the late Dr. Thomas A. Dorsey. Some congregations refer to the choirs that sing the foundational "old-style" music, made up of middle-aged adults to senior citizens, as Hymn Choirs or Prayer Bands. They continue to have choir anniversaries and Fifth Sunday singings, and are very much favored for Revival services.
These hymns date back as far as 1707, and the spirituals have been passed down by oral tradition over the centuries. This sacred style of music and the traditions associated with it are in danger of disappearing as the singers go on to be with the Lord. As you listen, you may find yourself going back in time -- remembering people you haven't thought about in years. On the other hand, the music and the message may be totally foreign to you -- but yet intriguing. Whatever the case, you will definitely be impacted by what you hear.
|6/11/2016 2:00 PM||Mt Moriah Baptist Church||Chester, SC|
|7/09/2016 7:00 PM||Small Wood Presbyterian||Charlotte, NC|
|7/31/2016 3:00 PM||Small Wood Presbyterian||Charlotte, NC|
|9/10/2016 7:00 PM||Greater St John AME Zion||Winnsboro, SC|
|10/1/2016 7:00 PM||Mt Moriah Baptist Church||Chester, SC|
|10/29/2016 7:00 PM||New Bethlehem Baptist Church||Charlotte, NC|
|10/30/2016 2:30 PM||Christian Home Baptist Church||Lowrys, SC|
|11/5/2016 7:00 PM||St Peters AME||Gastonia, NC|
|12/17/2016 7:00 PM||Mt Moriah Baptist Church||Chester, SC|
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