It is no secret that Atlantic City, NJ has some of the best musical talent to cross their bridges. Churches breed gospel music. Gospel music births hope, fellowship, the release of bondage, and an innate sense of peace.
In 1875, Bethel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) church was the first traditional black church founded in Atlantic City. According to the book, "The Northside by Nelson Johnson", it was called a 'religious society and poor blacks gravitated toward the religious experience.’
The experience was a familiarity with oppression in which a community of like-minded people chose to gather wherever they could to worship, fellowship, and congregate.
Although Atlantic City is saturated with casinos, it is still a musical city and churches often have four services starting with Gospel music at 6 a.m. on Sunday mornings to accommodate those who work odd hours at the casinos.
For those who are not able to make it to a service, they can tune into WEHA, Gospel 88.7 FM, the areas only gospel music station. This station also has a list of top 15 Gospel Artists such as Hezekiah Walker, Tamela Mann, James Fortune, Donnie McClurkin, Tye Tribbett, and Erica Campbell (Mary Mary) available for the listener to hear their favorite artists or song with a simple click.
Music is the universal language. Gospel music is the way Christian’s fellowship with each other and God. Most people travel to Atlantic City because of its casino playground but there is a population that resides in the city and they enjoy incorporating Gospel music into their lifestyle, especially during their spiritual maturation period.