Urban Gospel Pioneers

Urban Gospel Pioneers

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The Church of God in Christ has maintained a distant yet influential relationship with secular music, and the same thing can be said about the Rance Allen Group, the legendary gospel band whose spiritual home is in that church. The denomination’s “in the world but not of the world” teaching means that listening to secular music is discouraged and performing “worldly” music is frowned upon. Yet, the roots of rock music and R&B music can be traced to COGIC figures such as Sis. Rosetta Tharpe, whose guitar chops were copied by generations of rock musicians. Sly Stone played in the Church of God in Christ in Oakland before finding crossover fame as one of the leading figures of funk music. (read more)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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