A house divided? Christian music in Black and White

Omotayo O. Banjo, Kesha Morant Williams

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This study examines racial discourse evident in gospel music, a predominantly African American genre and contemporary Christian music (CCM), a predominantly White American genre. Analyzing 45 songs on the Billboard year-end charts for 2007 and 2008, the study reveals differences in messages predicated on sociocultural influences. Whereas gospel songs, possessing roots in blues, emphasize opposition and overcoming, CCM songs, establishing its root in the aftermath of the Hippie movement, emphasizes devotion and inspiration. This comparative study lays a foundation for future thematic analysis of Christian music and holds implications for the intersection between social and spiritual identity, the influence of industry practices on cultural production and offers a contributing explanation for issues of race relations even among Christians.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)115-137
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Media and Religion
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Communication
  • Religious studies


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