The album Gospel Soul tells the story of the link between two of America’s most important Black music styles: Gospel and Soul. Both Soul music and Gospel music grew out of Black American migration into urban cities. Whilst the sacred Gospel music took it’s influences from the spirituals and work-songs of working in the field, Soul music matched the fervour of Gospel music with the rhythm and passion of Rhythm and Blues. But for many Soul artists the link between Gospel and Soul is more profound and many artists have managed careers both inside and outside the Church. The shared spirituality of these two styles has also led to some of the most profound and uplifting music. This album features many of the most famous Gospel/Soul crossover artists such as Aretha Franklin, The Staple Singers, Odetta and The Voices of East Harlem alongside lesser-known artists such as Clarence Smith, Gospel Artistics and many more. From Aretha Franklin’s father, the Reverand C.L. Franklin, being one of the most famous ministers in America and friend of Martin Luther King, to The Sweet Inspirations being the in-house vocalists to literally hundreds of Soul artists for Atlantic Records (as well as including group-member Cissy Houston, mother of Whitney Houston), this album shows how two of America’s most important musical forms are inexstricably linked. Lovingly compiled and featuring many classic and extremely rare tracks accompanied with comprehensive sleeve-notes and exclusive photos, Gospel Soul shows how Gospel influenced all styles of Soul music from 1960s Soul and Funk right through to the evolution of New York’s underground dance clubs in the 1970s and 1980s - with David Mancuso’s Loft and Larry Levan’s Paradise Garage making anthems out of Gospel tracks such as Staple Singers "Tripping On Your Love and Jessy Dixon’s "Love Lifted Me".