Thanks to the help such members of Congress like Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, and Sen. Patrick Leahy, September has officially been named Gospel Music Heritage Month.
Along with the aid of The Recording Academy, The Gospel Music Channel, and The Gospel Music Worshop of America, a resolution was passed in June to celebrate the incredible contribution gospel music has had within today’s American culture.
The initiative was publicly unveiled at The Recording Academy’s GRAMMY¨s on the Hill event held at the U.S. Capitol earlier this summer.
“In addition to its contribution to American music,” says Sen. Hutchinson, “gospel music has provided the cultural and musical backdrop across all of mainstream media, including art, books, television and motion pictures. It is infused in the DNA of our entire society and a month to recognize its importance and vast contributions to our country is long overdue.”
Sen. Leahy strongly agrees. “Gospel music,” she says, “is an important American legacy and continues to play a significant role of the lives of millions. It is appropriate to honor the countless contributions Gospel music has made to our society.”
Sen. Jackson-Lee, one of the strongest advocates of the resolution, added, “Gospel music is an historical American art form that has spanned hundreds of generations and both inspires and entertains across racial, ethnic, religious, and geographic boundaries. We must officially recognize the great contributions to American culture that have derived from the rich heritage of gospel music and its artists.”
Streaming Faith Gospel salutes the groundbreaking efforts of everyone who worked to make this month of celebration possible. We also pay tribute this month to a number of Gospel Music pioneers, who helped paved the way for a new generation of artists to emerge and make their mark on a musical artform that has impacted millions.