President Obama and FLOTUS, Michelle Obama, hosted artists such as Bishop Rance Allen, Pastor Shirley Caesar, Aretha Franklin, Rhiannon Giddens, Tamela Mann and Michelle Williams for The Gospel Tradition as part of the "In Performance at the White House” series.
If you missed the concert series, it will air Friday, June 26 at 9:00 PM ET on PBS. In the meantime, check out footage of Michelle Williams performing her #1 gospel single "Say Yes".
While the White House is celebrating gospel music and the role it has played in the American musical tradition, man critics are condemning modern gospel sounds. Songs like "I Luh God" by Erica Campbell and "Jesus My King (JMK)" by Sango have a gospel message with a "trap beat." Trap music is most commonly associated with rappers like 2 Chainz and Gucci Mane. Take a listen to the tracks below.