The Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul

CeCe Winans on 'Austin City Limits'
CeCe Winans, seen here performing on 'Austin City Limits' on PBS, is the host of The Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul. (courtesy KLRU-TV/Austin City Limits. Photo by Scott Newton)

On Monday, Feb. 18, from 8 p.m. to midnight, The Current has a very special presentation, The Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul.

Join recording artist and host CeCe Winans as she traces gospel's influence and how it informed artists from Elvis Presley to Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles and Al Green, all the way to Public Enemy, Patti LaBelle and Chance the Rapper.

Celebrate influential gospel performers like the Dixie Hummingbirds, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, and Mahalia Jackson while connecting the dots across generations and sounds.

External Links

The Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul - official program site

CeCe Winans - official site

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12 Photos

  • Aretha Franklin
    Aretha Franklin sings in the studio during during her early career at Columbia Records. (Frank Driggs Collection/Getty Images, via NPR)
  • Elvis Presley
    Elvis Presley (NPR)
  • CeCe Winans on 'Austin City Limits'
    CeCe Winans performs on 'Austin City Limits' (courtesy KLRU-TV/Austin City Limits. Photo by Scott Newton)
  • Ray Charles
    Ray Charles at his piano. (The Ray Charles Foundation)
  • Al Green
    Musician Al Green, winner of two awards Best R&B Performance By A Duo of Group With Vocals for "Stay With Me" and Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance for "You've Got The Love I Need" poses in the press room during the 51st Annual Grammy Awards held at the Staples Center on February 8, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
  • Public Enemy
    Flavor Flav (L) and Chuck D of Public Enemy in Los Angeles in 2007. (Mark Mainz/Getty Images for AFI)
  • Patti LaBelle onstage in New York
    Patti LaBelle speaks onstage at Billboard Women In Music 2018 on December 6, 2018 in New York City. (Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Billboard)
  • Chance the Rapper performing onstage in Brooklyn, N.Y.
    Chance The Rapper performs onstage on September 29, 2018 at Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk in Brooklyn, New York. (Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Spotify)
  • The Dixie Hummingbirds
    The Dixie Hummingbirds (Bryan Ledgard/CC BY 2.0)
  • Sister Rosetta Tharpe
    Sister Rosetta Tharpe performing on stage with her guitar, November 1957. (Chris Ware/Keystone Features/Getty Images)
  • Mahalia Jackson
    Gospel singer Mahalia Jackson (1911 - 1972) during a rehearsal for her European tour in London in 1961. (Douglas Miller/Keystone/Getty Images)
  • Irma Thomas is known as The Soul Queen of New Orleans
    Irma Thomas performs during the Tribute to Mahalia Jackson during the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival at the Fair Grounds Race Course on May 4, 2008 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Chris Graythen/Getty Images)