CCM: The genesis of “Urban Praise & Worship” is often attributed to you and your recordings. When you first began your solo career did you realize you were inspiring a new sub-genre of gospel music?
FH: I didn’t start out [recording in my style] to say, “Watch what happens.” I just figured this would be my style like Michael Jackson or Prince had a style. Different people have different styles.

Because the urban church, the black church, the inner city church weren’t doing Praise and Worship, I figured I would do a style of music that glorified God but I would just put a different beat to it. Where an acoustic guitar would be on somebody else’s song, I’d put an organ. The drumbeats would have a little more hip-hop flavor with sample-driven things underneath. I put some soul into it—that’s all I did—so other people could say, “Wow, I didn’t know we could do that.”

Fred Hammond, CCM Magazine - image

click to buy

1 2 3

Check out more great articles Click hereView our sponsored ads

About The Author


Andrew Greer is a multiple Dove Award-nominated singer/songwriter, respected author, and co-creator of the innovative Hymns for Hunger tour with Cindy Morgan, raising awareness and resources for hunger relief organizations in hundreds of cities across the country. On tour, Andrew has shared the stage with folks like Amy Grant, Brandon Heath and Andrew Peterson. His songs have been recorded by artists like Jaci Velasquez, Seth & Nirva and Nic Gonzales (of Salvador). And his first book – Transcending Mysteries – co-authored with Ginny Owens, was published by Thomas Nelson in 2015. Andrew is also host of CCM Magazine’s “Features on Film” series, featuring one-on-one conversations with some of music’s biggest artists. For more information visit: or

Leave a Reply