The reason for the poll coincides with a periodic year-long commentary on American evangelicalism and the future of Southern Gospel music.
The next post on this commentary will take a look at the roots of American evangelicalism. From there I want to approach how out of this religious culture, what we now know as Southern Gospel music was born.
I will take a look at how the Southern Gospel industry went from a wholesome Christian entertainment industry to the use of the ‘ministry’ label for artists to market themselves. This transition occurred in the late 1960s, early 1970s.
I will close the commentary by discussing the American evangelical landscape in 2017 and how its loss of cultural influence will ultimately hinder the future of Southern Gospel music, unless the industry re-brands itself.
POLL STATS OF MY READERSHIP
- Baptist Affiliated Denominations = 48%
- Pentecostal Affiliated Denominations = 22%
- Other (Non-Affiliated) = 9%
- Methodist = 6%
- Mennonite = 4%
- Anglican = 3%