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Gospel music is a music genre in Christian music. The creation, performance, significance, and even the definition of gospel music vary according to culture and social context. Gospel music is composed and performed for many purposes, including aesthetic pleasure, religious or ceremonial purposes, and as an entertainment product for the marketplace.Gospel music in general is characterized by dominant vocals (often with strong use of harmony) referencing lyrics of a Christian nature. Subgenres include contemporary gospel, urban contemporary gospel (sometimes referred to as "black gospel"), Southern gospel, and modern gospel music (now more commonly known as praise and worship music orcontemporary Christian music). Several forms of gospel music utilize choirs, use piano or Hammond organ, tambourines,drums, bass guitar and, increasingly, electric guitar. In comparison with hymns, which are generally of a statelier measure, the gospel song is expected to have a refrain and often a more syncopated rhythm. Subgenres of Gospel music are: Urban contemporary gospel, Gospel blues, Southern gospel, Progressive Southern gospel, Christian country music, Bluegrass gospel, Celtic gospel, British black gospel. Today, with historical distance, there is a greater acceptance of such gospel songs into official denominational hymnals.

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