Musicians of all stripes, when asked about their influences, put cite gospel high on the list. It is a cornerstone of American music.
It feels sometimes odd to post it because it is religious and highly personal. I feel almost as if I am eavesdropping. But this joyous music should be seen and enjoyed by all.
Also check out The Davis Sisters and The Mississippi Mass Choir. It has nothing to do with religion and everything to do with religion.
Above, Shirley Ceasar sings “I Feel Like Praising Him.”