The roots of Gospel music are dated back to Africa and Europe. African American Gospel music has its roots in the 17th Century. However, Atlantic City is no stranger to the world of gospel music. AC, coined as the biggest little city in America is just 44 blocks long with over a dozen Gospel music inspired churches positioned on almost every corner, just blocks from the famous longstanding Casinos.
As you drive down the street on a Sunday morning, you will see that the parking lots are full, possibly hear worship music being played with instruments such as the piano, organ, drums, guitars, and tambourines strategically blending with the rich sounds of alto’s, soprano’s, and tenors belting out notes that make you smile and appreciate gospel music.
One cannot talk about this genre of music without mentioning New Hope Baptist Church (in the heart of the city), a quaint little church where Reverend John Howard is the Senior Pastor and founder of the renowned singing group entitled, 'New John Howard Gospel Caravan.’ This anointed group of singers has been performing on national and international stages for more than three decades.
A popular venue that services the Gospel experience in this great little city is the Sunday Gospel Brunch at the eclectic House of Blues located in the Showboat Casino; where gospel music sprinkled with southern cuisine are nothing short of a wonderful time. In addition, Kelsey and Kim’s, a restaurant owned by a husband and wife duo features excellent gospel singers and grade-A food. They offer a buffet-style Sunday Brunch that will make you want to sample every piece of food that is brought out, clap your hands, and bob your head on the way to the line.
From a Tyler Perry stage play to a gospel brunch to a multitude of foot-stomping and hand-clapping churches, there is always gospel music in the city to feed your soul and add to the wonderful culture of Atlantic City.