From its earliest roots in African American spirituals and traditional black worship styles to a cappella Gospel quartets to the development of choral renditions of classic spirituals, contemporary Gospel music has continued to evolve. Songwriter, pianist, singer, arranger Richard Smallwood has played a major role in developing an innovative gospel sound with vocal arrangements that integrate Euroclassical and jazz elements with traditional gospel styles.
Graham, Jeannine, "Richard Smallwood" (2016). Faculty Publications - George Fox School of Theology. 379.