Southern Gospel Hymnody

(I've just begun working on this page and it has a long way to go. Please check back regularly for more complete information and links. -- DL, 3/12/2002)

'Southern Gospel' is a term referring to a style of music most closely associated with collections of gospel hymns published by the Stamps/Baxter Publishing Co. and the 'quartet' singing style of such professional groups as:

The Speer Family
The Blackwood Brothers Quartet
The Happy Goodmans
Bill & Gloria Gaither


A. J. Showalter


Artilces on Gospel Music in Academic Journals (arranged by year)

“The Rise of Southern Gospel Music,” Church History , Vol. 67, no 4 (D 1998),James R. Goff, p. 722-744.

“Sing to Me of Heaven--The Role of Eternal Life as Reflected in Gospel Songsc,” The Hymn, Journal of the HSUS&C, Jim Mankin, Vol. 48 (January 1997), p. 18-22.

“Is Not This the Land of Beulah?”. The Search for the Holy Spirit in American Gospel Hymns, Review and Expositor, Vol. 94 (Winter 1997), Esther Rothenbusch, p. 53-77.

“Country Music and White Soul. The Gospel According to Hank Williams,” Other Side , Vol. 32 (Mr-Ap 1996), Tex Sample, p. 48-50.

“A survey of trends in recent Protestant hymnals. African-American spirituals, hymns, and gospel songs,” The Hymn, Journal of the HSUS&C, Michael Hawn, Vol. 43 (January 1992), p. 21-28.

“Praising God in Opryland,” Reformed Journal , Vol. 39 (November 1989), Quentin J. Schultze ; William D. Romanowski, p. 10-14


Some Interesting Sites
(I've just 'thrown' these on here. I'll go back later and review them more critically. -- DL 9/26/2001)

Singers Glen, VA (the "birthplace" of Southern gospel music)

Southern Gospel Music Association

Southern Gospel Music Online

Southern Gospel Online Music Resource

Southern Gospel Music Guild

The Stamps/Baxter School of Music

Ben Speer's Stamps Baxter School of Music page

J. R. Baxter

The Alabama Music Hall of Fame

Music Achievers (Bios of MANY people associated with Southern Gospel. From the Alabama Music Hall of Fame)

Gospel Music (Article on 'Gospel Music' from the Handbook of Texas Online. Here, 'Gospel Music' is defined strictly in the 'Southern Gospel' tradition.)

GaitherNet (Bill and Gloria Gaither's Website)

Singing News (Online Magazine for Southern Gospel Music)

Gloria's Southern Gospel Links Index

The Birth of Contemporary Christian Music (a kind of 'timeline' for gospel music and 'Contemporary Christian' music)

The Roots of Gospel Music

Bluegrass Gospel

Gospel Music Association

Gospel Music Association

Christian Music Association

Christian Music Association

Gospel Music.com


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