The origin and development of Gospel music goes hand in hand with the history of evangelism in the United States. Dwight L. Moody, an evangelist of the mid-to-late 1800s, was the primary "architect" of a new kind of church music that has become what we now call Gospel Music.
Most of all, the film shows -- with the help of reverential testimony from Bruce Springsteen, Mick Jagger, Bette Midler, Stevie Wonder and Sting -- how backup singers, most of them black women, gave pop music its soul. And thereby hangs a tale.
The popularity of today's Praise and Worship music is threatening to do something that hasn't happened in all of Christian history -- sweep away the heritage of hymnody that represents a treasure trove of praise for the church.
We gather together, to ask the Lord's blessing, He chastens and hastens His will to make known. But sometimes when He screws up it calls for reassessing: Put Karl Rove on hold and get God on the phone.