Houston Matters

Examining Houston’s gospel music history

A new documentary series called “Gospel” premieres Monday night on PBS.

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Houston-based singer Yolanda Adams performs on stage at the Recording Academy Honors presented By The Black Music Collective in Los Angeles on Feb. 1, 2024. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

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The new documentary series Gospel premieres tonight on PBS. In it, acclaimed scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explores Black spirituality in sermon and song.

The series will air on Houston Public Media TV 8 over two nights, from 8 to 10 p.m. and repeated from 10 to midnight each evening.

Ahead of that series airing, Houston Matters discusses our city's own rich history of gospel music with songwriter and Gospel Hall of Famer V. Michael McKay and Dr. D.Z. Cofield, pastor of Houston's Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church.

In the audio above they discuss the importance, history, and legacy of gospel music in Black churches, and how much secular music and styles draw from it. They also discuss some of the notable figures in Houston's gospel history.