Soul music is originated in African-American gospel singing which is characterized by intensity of feeling and vocal embellishments. Also its identity is much close relationship with R&B or rhythm and blues. Soul music is a departure from the religious lyrical themes of gospel music while maintaining some of its style elements. It is a funky, twisted collage of rhythm elements from many different sources. It developed in the USA in the late 1950s from African American church music which is the gospel music. They sang joyful, up-tempo gospel songs while clapping and moving to the beat, and they sang slower gospel songs that expressed deep feelings like yearning for God's love. Soul music became popular for dancing and listening in the United States, and also became popular around the world, directly influencing rock music and the music of Africa.

    Soul arrived on the scene during a dynamic and influential time for American music. There are many different types of soul music, including Southern Soul, Neo-Soul and other Soul-inspired movements such as Philadelphia soul and the doo-wop sound. Psychedelic soul, a combination of soul and psychedelic rock and roll. And the Hyper soul, a combination of soul and dance music, as performed by Whitney Houston and Destiny's Child. In Philadelphia, soul took on a smoother, creamier sound. This style paved the way for disco and still resonates today in Jill Scott’s neo soul.

    This genre also jumped to funk and disco styles. While singing styles remained similar, the more syncopated danceable beats of disco and funk left an indelible mark on soul. Soul music continues to exist in numerous forms, and old soul songs may be incorporated into hip-hop music or rap. Classic soul also remains popular on many radio stations and streaming services. With so many different characteristics, soul is best described as a genre that has complex vocal, jazzy elements and a driving rhythm that makes anyone want to dance.


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