Sacred music has always been part of the fabric of life in Georgia. Georgians B.F. White and E.J. King compiled and published the first Sacred Heart hymnal, which was instrumental in preserving shape note singing traditions. Dr. Thomas A. Dorsey helped shape Black gospel music, which has influenced so many other American music styles. Pioneering Southern Gospel artists and groups from Georgia include The Harmoneers, Hovie Lister and the Statesmen, The LeFevres and Wendy Bagwell and the Sunliters. Georgia artists who top the charts in Gospel and Contemporary Christian music include Tasha Cobbs, Casting Crowns, Jamie Grace, Lecrae, Third Day and Chris Tomlin.
Below, use the itinerary to find festivals and more points of interest, and listen to music by local artists in the "Our Gospel Picks" playlist.
Thomas A. Dorsey Birthplace Choir
Based in Villa Rica, this choir of 40 travels extensively, paying tribute to Dr. Dorsey and continuing the legacy of gospel music.