Some gospel singing groups renowned for traditional gospel music include the Soul Stirrers, the Gaither Vocal Band, The Rambos and The Caravans. Gospel groups more known for contemporary gospel music include Casting Crowns, Israel Houghton and New Breed, and Kirk Franklin and the Nu Nation.
Most traditional gospel groups got their start in southern churches. The Dixie Hummingbirds are South Carolina natives who began singing in local churches in the 1920s. Fans appreciate the group's quartet-style singing that combines gospel shouting with syncopated vocal deliveries.
Similarly, the Caravans' members that include solo artists Albertina Walker, Dorothy Norwood and Shirley Caesar. The all-female group performs close harmonies, precise rhythms and dramatic vocals demonstrated on songs like "Mary Don't You Weep" and "Sweeping Through the City."
Contemporary gospel groups trade the southern church sound in favor of more pop, rock and electric elements that deliver bold lyrics. For example, Casting Crowns, a group that began as a student worship band, deliver no-nonsense lyrics that challenge Christian listeners. This includes songs like "What if His People Prayed" and "American Dream."
Israel and New Breed takes the musical energy further, adding upbeat jazz ensembles to praise and worship songs. The group's award-winning albums include songs like "Not Forgotten" and "I Know Who I Am."