Our Gift Shop is full of amazing products that we think you might like that compliment many of our wall arts. All the items in our Gift Shop are made by other companies. When you click on one to purchase you will be directed to Amazon to make the purchase. Please note that those purchases are not covered by our guarantees. All purchases, refunds, exchanges, or service issues must be dealt with through Amazon. However, at no cost to you, we make a small commission when you purchase through our links. We greatly appreciate that support as it allows us to help keep the price on our wall arts down. Thank you in advance for any purchases you make through our Gift Shop. Scripture Verse Wall Art


Scripture Wall Art is the leader in the vinyl wall decal industry specializing in Bible Verse Wall Decals, Romantic Love Decals, Motivational Wall Decals, Decals for Children, Family Themed Wall Decals, and even wall decals for the Laundry Room. With over 1200 designs, we probably already have what you want, however, if we don’t, we will be happy to make it for you. Biblical Verses Image
What type of spiritual and religious wall art is best to give as a gift to someone special? Think of what the gift recipient enjoys or their religious affiliation. There are all different types of affirmations and paintings that will work beautifully as an engagement or wedding gift, birthday present, holiday gift, or just an occasion to let someone know you are thinking of them. Biblical Verses Image
Our mission is simple: Art and Christianity no longer resonate as an inherent, magnificent pairing. Actually it is a feeling that goes both ways: most Christians no longer see Art as being important or even as a relevant way of promoting the faith; and non believers don’t value Christianity as having been at the forefront of the arts throughout the centuries, responsible for creating some of the most magnificent artworks out there. Our offering is simple: one newsletter a day where we simply send you the Gospel reading of the day, alongside a work of art that we believe is poignant, reflective and appropriate to that reading. We offer a short reflection on the artwork and the reading. We simply give you the tools for you to meditate on the daily Gospel alongside a work of art. We are an apostolate within the Roman Catholic Church, based in London. Scripture Images
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. Biblical Verses Image

The artwork is crafted with cotton artist-grade canvas, professionally hand-stretched and stapled over pine-wood bars in gallery wrap style a method utilized by artists to present artwork in galleries. Fade-resistant archival inks guarantee perfect color reproduction that remains vibrant for decades even when exposed to strong light. Add brilliance in color and exceptional detail to your space with the contemporary and uncompromising style of East Urban Home. Scripture Images
Remind yourself of the love in your home with this tasteful textual art print, a small accent showcasing an inspirational and eloquent marriage prayer. Proudly made in the USA, this design is crafted from reclaimed wood and showcases gray and brown tones that enhance its understated look. Measuring just 8.5'' H x 6.5'' W x 0.5'' D overall, this petite piece is equally suited to sit on a desktop or join an existing gallery wall (mounting hardware included). Scripture Images
Of course, we also back our wall arts with our amazing “Goof Proof” guarantee. You can read all about there by clicking on this link GOOF PROOF GUARANTEE. In short, it says we guarantee everything about our product. You never have to worry about working with Scripture Wall Art. We have the highest customer satisfaction rating in the industry and nearly 12 years of experience making the best Scripture Wall Quotes out there.
Being one of the industry leaders for over a decade, we know more about vinyl wall decal than most companies out there. We have learned by trial and error and from amazing feedback from our awesome customers. We are Amazon Professional Sellers, Ebay Power Sellers, and Ebay Top Sellers, and sell through at least 15 other sites online. However, you will typically get our best pricing here at our website plus it is definitely easier to find specific wall arts here than at most sites.
Are you stuck with a room that feels tired? Whether you're dealing with a stale study or listless living room, adding a piece of wall art like this is a great way to brighten up a bare wall, and transform your space with a personalized touch. Perfect for a globally-inspired accent, this painting print features a close up of a Buddha statue's face in a blue and green color scheme. Printed in the USA on canvas, this piece is wrapped around a wood frame for a gallery look on your walls. Wall... Christian Images
"If you happen to come upon a bird's nest along the way, in any tree or on the ground, with young ones or eggs, and the mother sitting on the young or on the eggs, you shall not take the mother with the young; you shall certainly let the mother go, but the young you may take for yourself, in order that it may be well with you and that you may prolong your days. Scripture Verse Wall Art
Unless otherwise indicated, all content is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License. All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Contact me: openbibleinfo (at) gmail.com. Cite this page: Editor: Stephen Smith. Publication date: Jul 15, 2019. Publisher: OpenBible.info.
And it will come about in that day, that every place where there used to be a thousand vines, valued at a thousand shekels of silver, will become briars and thorns. People will come there with bows and arrows because all the land will be briars and thorns. As for all the hills which used to be cultivated with the hoe, you will not go there for fear of briars and thorns; but they will become a place for pasturing oxen and for sheep to trample.
Put the finishing touch on your serene space with this two-piece print set, perfect for yoga studios and prayer rooms. Showcasing tranquil hand symbols adorned with henna and bangles, each offers neutral hues of brown and blush with light starry details. Made in the USA, each piece is printed on canvas and wrapped around a wood frame for a look that rivals any gallery. Plus, this duo arrives ready to hang with wall-mounting hardware included. Scripture Verse Wall Art

This uniquely designed 'Our Family a Circle of Strength Founded on Faith Joined in Love Kept By God' Framed Textual Art on Canvas is the perfect gift or trendy update to any home or office space. An excellent addition to your classical design concept in your kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, man cave, game room, living room or studio.This is a shop that specializes in home decor.They create handmade art for every budget. Beautiful giclee prints on canvas with a custom picture frame for all your...
143 years ago today, Alexander Graham Bell conducted the world's first definitive telephone tests. He made the first intelligible telephone call from building to building, near Brantford, Ontario. In a one-way transmission, he heard his uncle David Bell recite Hamlet, saying, “To be or not to be...” Bell confirmed Brantford as the birthplace of the device in a 1917 speech at the unveiling of the Bell Memorial there: “Brantford is right in claiming the invention of the telephone here...where "the first transmission to a distance was made between Brantford and Paris”—13 miles away. (1876) Biblical Verses Image
And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth.” Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!” ... Scripture Verse Wall Art
Genesis 1:26-27 “Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” Scripture Verse Wall Art
How do you decorate with spiritual and religious wall art pieces? The sky is the limit with such décor elements, as you can pick from canvas, paper, wood, metal, fabric or glass pieces that will blend in with whatever design you have in your home. Choose from portrait or landscape, as well as the print type, including textual art, oil paintings, acrylic, watercolor, pencil drawing, and more. Place such wall art in your foyer, kitchen, living room, bedroom, or anywhere that you want an uplifting message that is good for the soul. Scripture Images
When Samuel was seeking who would be the king of Israel, He had all of Jesse’s sons pass before him and time after time, Samuel thought that surely one of these young men would be the next king.  Some were tall and muscular but that was not God’s standard.  Jesse didn’t call David who was what we might call the “runt of the litter” but God said that He looks not on the outward appearance but what is inside.  He doesn’t have regard for what a person’s looks are like but He looks at the heart because the most important attributes of a person are never what we see but the things we don’t see and what we cannot see, God can.  That’s all that really matters.
Then to Adam He said, "Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree about which I commanded you, saying, 'You shall not eat from it'; Cursed is the ground because of you; In toil you will eat of it All the days of your life. "Both thorns and thistles it shall grow for you; And you will eat the plants of the field; By the sweat of your face You will eat bread, Till you return to the ground, Because from it you were taken; For you are dust, And to dust you shall return." Christian Images
The older I get the less I care about what others think about me and about what I look like.  We are all made in the image of God.  Not that we have a body like God because God is Spirit but we have certain attributes of God and they are not about what we look like but about what we think about.  God has declared that He made us most wonderfully (Psalm 139:14) and besides, “Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised” (Prov 31:30).  It is true that “bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come” (1 Tim 4:8). Biblical Verses Image

Great quality canvas gallery wrapped on real wood stretcher bars. The bars are deep and the image goes all the way around the edges for a complete and professional look. Great artwork that would perfect for any room in your home or office. Beautiful colors that is printed on high quality canvas with 12 color inkjet printer so every detail is captured. Scripture Images

Whether you are decorating for your home or office space, everyone can benefit from an uplifting message from time to time. With spiritual and religious wall art you will have the reminders that you need each day. Regardless of the message you seek or the path that you follow, there is something special about words of wisdom and the right message at just the right time. When you shop the spiritual and religious wall art at Wayfair, you will find pieces to put in just about any space that you would like to decorate. Christian Images
143 years ago today, Alexander Graham Bell conducted the world's first definitive telephone tests. He made the first intelligible telephone call from building to building, near Brantford, Ontario. In a one-way transmission, he heard his uncle David Bell recite Hamlet, saying, “To be or not to be...” Bell confirmed Brantford as the birthplace of the device in a 1917 speech at the unveiling of the Bell Memorial there: “Brantford is right in claiming the invention of the telephone here...where "the first transmission to a distance was made between Brantford and Paris”—13 miles away. (1876) Biblical Verses Image

Lovely Gospel Songs for a Wedding The Very Best Gospel Songs Ever Written Beautiful Songs for Gospel Choirs The Greatest Gospel Rappers The Greatest Southern Gospel Artists Perfect Gospel Songs for a Funeral The Best Female Gospel Singers The Greatest Gospel Choirs Ever The Best Urban Contemporary Gospel Artists The Best Gospel Albums of All Time Gospel Songs for Men to Sing The Best Songs for Christmas The Very Best Country Gospel Songs Beautiful Southern Gospel Songs Great Gospel Songs for Children The Best Gospel Songs for Women Top Country Gospel Artists & Bands Gospel Rap Songs You Need to Hear '90s Southern Gospel Biblical Verses Image
Are you stuck with a room that feels tired? Whether you're dealing with a stale study or listless living room, adding a piece of wall art like this is a great way to brighten up a bare wall, and transform your space with a personalized touch. Perfect for a globally-inspired accent, this painting print features a close up of a Buddha statue's face in a blue and green color scheme. Printed in the USA on canvas, this piece is wrapped around a wood frame for a gallery look on your walls. Wall... Scripture Images
What type of spiritual and religious wall art is best to give as a gift to someone special? Think of what the gift recipient enjoys or their religious affiliation. There are all different types of affirmations and paintings that will work beautifully as an engagement or wedding gift, birthday present, holiday gift, or just an occasion to let someone know you are thinking of them. Christian Images
Our extensive experience ensures you of the highest quality product. As in most industries, when they start to mature the low price competitors come in to make quick money with inferior products. The Vinyl Wall Decal industry has been no different. Just in the past few years, we have seen a flood of inferior products coming in from overseas. While these products are usually cheap, they aren’t usually even functional. These products come without necessities like pre-installed transfer tape making it almost impossible for you to actually install the product. One company we know of doesn’t even “weed” their products making them useless for most customers. Of course, trying to fight with a Chinese company for a $5 refund is seldom worth the time so most users just end up frustrated and disappointed. Biblical Verses Image
What spiritual and religious wall art will go best with my current design theme? The design is a matter of personal preference and finding the artwork that speaks to how you feel as well as your own beliefs. You can look for various wall art pieces that fit in with the color scheme that you have in the space, or you can add a special touch to brighten up any given wall in your living space.
Scripture Wall Art is the leader in the vinyl wall decal industry specializing in Bible Verse Wall Decals, Romantic Love Decals, Motivational Wall Decals, Decals for Children, Family Themed Wall Decals, and even wall decals for the Laundry Room. With over 1200 designs, we probably already have what you want, however, if we don’t, we will be happy to make it for you. Scripture Images
Unless otherwise indicated, all content is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License. All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Contact me: openbibleinfo (at) gmail.com. Cite this page: Editor: Stephen Smith. Publication date: Jul 15, 2019. Publisher: OpenBible.info. Christian Images
This is a giclee print reproduction on stretched canvas with a solid wood frame. The art is mounted in the frame and is ready to hang. This is a high-quality giclee reproduction. They only use the highest quality materials to create your art. They use archival inks and museum quality archival certified acid-free canvas. A clear matte finish coat is applied which will protect your art against fading; dirt; moisture; and discoloration. The finish contains UV light absorbers and stabilizer. Biblical Verses Image
Our contemporary Christian wall art provides the perfect spiritual ambience for your home. Find Christian paintings with your favorite scripture verse from the Bible. You’ll recognize quotes from the books of Philippians, Proverbs, John, Romans, Matthew, Mark and many more to inspire you to walk closer to God. Don’t worry as we sell custom Christian wall decor which is framed and available in the NIV (New International Version), KJV (King James Version) or any version of God’s holy word. Finally we sell Christian art such as paintings to prints and pictures which are perfect Christian gifts for men and women. Biblical Verses Image
Add a charming reminder to your walls with this art. A perfect finishing touch for traditional spaces, it adds style and spirit to your home. This piece showcases a typographic motif written in black cursive font and reading “What if you woke up today with only what you thanked God for yesterday?” The vintage paper-inspired background adds an extra touch of classic appeal to this art. Made in America, this art is printed on wrapped canvas and enhanced by a detailed brown frame and... Biblical Verses Image

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I think many of us struggle with the way we look.  If we only understood that God made us the way we are we might think that other’s expectations and our own isn’t important.  The way that God sees us is the most important thing of all because God doesn’t look at the outward appearance the way that we or others tend to do.  Many people judge us from our outward appearance and not by what is inside.  What is inside is what really counts in God’s eyes and in God’s eyes it’s the only thing that’s important.  The outward man or woman is not of eternal importance…it is what is inside as Jesus once said “it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person” (Matt 15:11) so we must keep our focus on what really defiles a person and it’s not what’s outside that does it but what comes out of the person’s mouth for that reveals what’s in our hearts. Christian Images
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Lovely Gospel Songs for a Wedding The Very Best Gospel Songs Ever Written Beautiful Songs for Gospel Choirs The Greatest Gospel Rappers The Greatest Southern Gospel Artists Perfect Gospel Songs for a Funeral The Best Female Gospel Singers The Greatest Gospel Choirs Ever The Best Urban Contemporary Gospel Artists The Best Gospel Albums of All Time Gospel Songs for Men to Sing The Best Songs for Christmas The Very Best Country Gospel Songs Beautiful Southern Gospel Songs Great Gospel Songs for Children The Best Gospel Songs for Women Top Country Gospel Artists & Bands Gospel Rap Songs You Need to Hear '90s Southern Gospel
Great quality canvas gallery wrapped on real wood stretcher bars. The bars are deep and the image goes all the way around the edges for a complete and professional look. Great artwork that would perfect for any room in your home or office. Beautiful colors that is printed on high quality canvas with 12 color inkjet printer so every detail is captured. Biblical Verses Image
Add a charming reminder to your walls with this art. A perfect finishing touch for traditional spaces, it adds style and spirit to your home. This piece showcases a typographic motif written in black cursive font and reading “What if you woke up today with only what you thanked God for yesterday?” The vintage paper-inspired background adds an extra touch of classic appeal to this art. Made in America, this art is printed on wrapped canvas and enhanced by a detailed brown frame and... Biblical Verses Image
When Samuel was seeking who would be the king of Israel, He had all of Jesse’s sons pass before him and time after time, Samuel thought that surely one of these young men would be the next king.  Some were tall and muscular but that was not God’s standard.  Jesse didn’t call David who was what we might call the “runt of the litter” but God said that He looks not on the outward appearance but what is inside.  He doesn’t have regard for what a person’s looks are like but He looks at the heart because the most important attributes of a person are never what we see but the things we don’t see and what we cannot see, God can.  That’s all that really matters. Biblical Verses Image

With a five-octave vocal range, Earnest Pugh is a powerhouse singer. He's appeared on networks like the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) and Black Entertainment Television (BET) as well as on stage, acting in major plays such as "Love the One You’re With," "Secret Lover" (Michael Matthews), "Crazy Love" (D'Atra Hicks) and "Real Men Pray" (Angela Barrow and Lizzie Berry).
See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God's children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure. Christian Images

How do you decorate with spiritual and religious wall art pieces? The sky is the limit with such décor elements, as you can pick from canvas, paper, wood, metal, fabric or glass pieces that will blend in with whatever design you have in your home. Choose from portrait or landscape, as well as the print type, including textual art, oil paintings, acrylic, watercolor, pencil drawing, and more. Place such wall art in your foyer, kitchen, living room, bedroom, or anywhere that you want an uplifting message that is good for the soul. Scripture Verse Wall Art
If you're looking for wall art for sale online, Wayfair has several options sure to satisfy the pickiest shopper. We have a myriad of styles of wall art, and if you want to narrow your options to something more specific than your current filter of "Art Subject: Spiritual & Religious", such as finding wall art by brands like Jaxson Rea or Bloomsbury Market just use the filter options. Wayfair is the best place to shop if you're looking for where to buy wall art online. And remember, we offer free shipping on just about every order over $49.00, so buy wall art today and have them shipped free.
Lovely Gospel Songs for a Wedding The Very Best Gospel Songs Ever Written Beautiful Songs for Gospel Choirs The Greatest Gospel Rappers The Greatest Southern Gospel Artists Perfect Gospel Songs for a Funeral The Best Female Gospel Singers The Greatest Gospel Choirs Ever The Best Urban Contemporary Gospel Artists The Best Gospel Albums of All Time Gospel Songs for Men to Sing The Best Songs for Christmas The Very Best Country Gospel Songs Beautiful Southern Gospel Songs Great Gospel Songs for Children The Best Gospel Songs for Women Top Country Gospel Artists & Bands Gospel Rap Songs You Need to Hear '90s Southern Gospel Biblical Verses Image
While many white musicians gravitated toward country, folk, and old-timey music to express their spirituality outside of traditional Christian hymns, Black Gospel music drew heavily upon the traditional spirituals that had been passed down from the days of slavery, picking up its more driving rhythmic emphasis from blues and early jazz. Composer and singer Thomas A. Dorsey crystallized the style in 1932 with his epochal "Take My Hand, Precious Lord," and went on to compose a great many songs that later became standards. When performed in the churches, the music was traditionally sung by a choir, with individual soloists sometimes taking the spotlight; this often happened in a form known as "call and response," in which either the choir or the soloist would repeat and/or answer the lyric which had just been sung by the other, with the soloist improvising embellishments of the melody for greater emphasis. As the music developed, these soloists became more and more virtuosic, performing with wild emotion (and, in the South, physicality) in order to properly express the spiritual ecstasy the music was meant to evoke. The music was quite egalitarian in terms of gender, as both male and female performers -- Brother Joe May, Rev. James Cleveland, Mahalia Jackson, the Clara Ward Singers, etc. -- gained wide renown among both black and white audiences. The small-group format was also prevalent, with major figures including the Five Blind Boys of Mississippi, the Soul Stirrers, the Swan Silvertones, and the Dixie Hummingbirds; in general, these groups placed a greater premium on smooth vocal harmonies, although some performances could approach the raucous energy (if not quite the huge sound) of a choir-with-soloist group. As the years progressed, black gospel and black popular music influenced and borrowed from one another, reflecting the gradual change of emphasis toward R&B; black gospel also had an enormous impact on the development of soul music, which directed gospel's spiritual intensity into more secular concerns, and included a great many performers whose musical skills were developed in the church. As a recognizable style unto itself, black gospel music largely ceased to develop around the 1970s; progressing racial attitudes had helped black popular music reach wider audiences (and become more lucrative) than ever before, and tastes had turned towards the earthy hedonism of funk and the highly arranged, sophisticated Philly soul sound. The former wasn't quite appropriate for worship, and it wasn't all that practical to duplicate the latter in church services. However, the traditional black gospel sound survived intact and was eventually augmented by contemporary gospel (an '80s/'90s variation strongly influenced by latter-day urban R&B); plus, singers like Whitney Houston continued to develop within its ranks. Scripture Images
And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth.” Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!” ... Christian Images
Unless otherwise indicated, all content is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License. All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Contact me: openbibleinfo (at) gmail.com. Cite this page: Editor: Stephen Smith. Publication date: Jul 15, 2019. Publisher: OpenBible.info.
"Blessings & Prosperity" is a 21" x 15" black framed art print. This artwork features jars of fruit, wooden bowls and a spoon on top of a counter with words about the fruit of your labor by artist John Rossini. This totally American made wall décor item features an decorative black frame The print has a protective, archival finish (glass is not needed) and arrives ready to hang.
The artwork is crafted with cotton artist-grade canvas, professionally hand-stretched and stapled over pine-wood bars in gallery wrap style a method utilized by artists to present artwork in galleries. Fade-resistant archival inks guarantee perfect color reproduction that remains vibrant for decades even when exposed to strong light. Add brilliance in color and exceptional detail to your space with the contemporary and uncompromising style of East Urban Home. Scripture Images

While many white musicians gravitated toward country, folk, and old-timey music to express their spirituality outside of traditional Christian hymns, Black Gospel music drew heavily upon the traditional spirituals that had been passed down from the days of slavery, picking up its more driving rhythmic emphasis from blues and early jazz. Composer and singer Thomas A. Dorsey crystallized the style in 1932 with his epochal "Take My Hand, Precious Lord," and went on to compose a great many songs that later became standards. When performed in the churches, the music was traditionally sung by a choir, with individual soloists sometimes taking the spotlight; this often happened in a form known as "call and response," in which either the choir or the soloist would repeat and/or answer the lyric which had just been sung by the other, with the soloist improvising embellishments of the melody for greater emphasis. As the music developed, these soloists became more and more virtuosic, performing with wild emotion (and, in the South, physicality) in order to properly express the spiritual ecstasy the music was meant to evoke. The music was quite egalitarian in terms of gender, as both male and female performers -- Brother Joe May, Rev. James Cleveland, Mahalia Jackson, the Clara Ward Singers, etc. -- gained wide renown among both black and white audiences. The small-group format was also prevalent, with major figures including the Five Blind Boys of Mississippi, the Soul Stirrers, the Swan Silvertones, and the Dixie Hummingbirds; in general, these groups placed a greater premium on smooth vocal harmonies, although some performances could approach the raucous energy (if not quite the huge sound) of a choir-with-soloist group. As the years progressed, black gospel and black popular music influenced and borrowed from one another, reflecting the gradual change of emphasis toward R&B; black gospel also had an enormous impact on the development of soul music, which directed gospel's spiritual intensity into more secular concerns, and included a great many performers whose musical skills were developed in the church. As a recognizable style unto itself, black gospel music largely ceased to develop around the 1970s; progressing racial attitudes had helped black popular music reach wider audiences (and become more lucrative) than ever before, and tastes had turned towards the earthy hedonism of funk and the highly arranged, sophisticated Philly soul sound. The former wasn't quite appropriate for worship, and it wasn't all that practical to duplicate the latter in church services. However, the traditional black gospel sound survived intact and was eventually augmented by contemporary gospel (an '80s/'90s variation strongly influenced by latter-day urban R&B); plus, singers like Whitney Houston continued to develop within its ranks. Christian Images

While many white musicians gravitated toward country, folk, and old-timey music to express their spirituality outside of traditional Christian hymns, Black Gospel music drew heavily upon the traditional spirituals that had been passed down from the days of slavery, picking up its more driving rhythmic emphasis from blues and early jazz. Composer and singer Thomas A. Dorsey crystallized the style in 1932 with his epochal "Take My Hand, Precious Lord," and went on to compose a great many songs that later became standards. When performed in the churches, the music was traditionally sung by a choir, with individual soloists sometimes taking the spotlight; this often happened in a form known as "call and response," in which either the choir or the soloist would repeat and/or answer the lyric which had just been sung by the other, with the soloist improvising embellishments of the melody for greater emphasis. As the music developed, these soloists became more and more virtuosic, performing with wild emotion (and, in the South, physicality) in order to properly express the spiritual ecstasy the music was meant to evoke. The music was quite egalitarian in terms of gender, as both male and female performers -- Brother Joe May, Rev. James Cleveland, Mahalia Jackson, the Clara Ward Singers, etc. -- gained wide renown among both black and white audiences. The small-group format was also prevalent, with major figures including the Five Blind Boys of Mississippi, the Soul Stirrers, the Swan Silvertones, and the Dixie Hummingbirds; in general, these groups placed a greater premium on smooth vocal harmonies, although some performances could approach the raucous energy (if not quite the huge sound) of a choir-with-soloist group. As the years progressed, black gospel and black popular music influenced and borrowed from one another, reflecting the gradual change of emphasis toward R&B; black gospel also had an enormous impact on the development of soul music, which directed gospel's spiritual intensity into more secular concerns, and included a great many performers whose musical skills were developed in the church. As a recognizable style unto itself, black gospel music largely ceased to develop around the 1970s; progressing racial attitudes had helped black popular music reach wider audiences (and become more lucrative) than ever before, and tastes had turned towards the earthy hedonism of funk and the highly arranged, sophisticated Philly soul sound. The former wasn't quite appropriate for worship, and it wasn't all that practical to duplicate the latter in church services. However, the traditional black gospel sound survived intact and was eventually augmented by contemporary gospel (an '80s/'90s variation strongly influenced by latter-day urban R&B); plus, singers like Whitney Houston continued to develop within its ranks. Scripture Verse Wall Art

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