See what you guys have to understand that the line betweeen blues, soul, R&B and gospel are very, very fine.
You can be a gospel singer who sings the more secular blues...and then, later transition into soul music. And then have a couple contemporary R&B hit singles, traditional R&B hit singles or even hit singles in the pop spectrum and not comprimise yourself as a gospel singer.
If it wasn't for black people (i.e. people of African or Afro-Caribbean ancestry), music as we know it wouldn't exist. At all. Music would still exist but it'd be very boring.
All of the Appalachian bluegrass, normal country-western, avant garde, Japanese folk melodies, grungy, metallic "your parent's garage" rock and European synthesized dance pop are cute for a little while but they get really old after a while...
There's nothing like the blues. And it don't get much better than gospel.
I can feel this light that's inside of me, growing fast into a bolt of lightning. I know one spark will shock the world...