Gospel Music from Austin’s East Side

Gospel music grew out of the ancient Christian oral traditions for story telling, and became a major tradition among African-American slaves. After emancipation and the establishment of independent churches, houses of worship became pillars of the community for all sorts of purposes — religious services, worship, meeting places, and music venues.

Austin’s East Side churches cultivated many gospel singers, composers, and groups that came to wider fame, making an impact not only on the local community, but the entire recording industry.


Learn more about some of Austin’s Gospel Legends


This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.