Music has the ability to influence people in a big way. The evolution of music has come through Louis Armstrong was a renowned trumpeter. He has been considered one of the most influential jazz artists. His contribution to the music industry is immense. Coming from a poor background, he overcame many obstacles to rise up to become one of the most influential trumpeters in the history of jazz (Tzvetkova, 2017. Termed as the single most influential figure in the history of jazz, his contribution was nothing short of exemplary. The way he played the trumpet redefined the way people looked at jazz. Having rose from humble beginnings to the world stage, his rise became an inspiration to many people.
Jazz benefitted a lot from his ingenuity. He developed new ways to bring out music. He is famous for improvisation which was known as scat. This referred to singing using improvised musical instruments. No one had ever tried that in jazz before. Before he died, he broke many records in jazz (Anderson, 2013). One of them was becoming the oldest artist to ever top the charts, aged 63. This was no mean feat considering the fact that he toppled the Beatles off the top.
Charles Graham is a famous gospel artist. His impact in music has been on the social side. His music is done with the intention to convey a message to the world on Christianity. The message in the song is always socially conscious, the target is to change how people are into a way he considers right (Howard, 2012). The songs do not carry any political weight but they are encouraging to those who can connect with it. The impact of his music has been the spread of the Christian religion across the globe.
Nathan Bajar is a rhythm and blues and soul singer. His songs include recent releases like devil girl and silver surfer. His songs evoke emotions through well placed props and musicals. The modern era music is filled with different beats that make the music interesting to listen to. Unlike the earlier predecessors, this music is pegged on technology to bring the best out of the song. This is not to say that the musician is less talented but they use technology to their best to teach and entertain. According to Tzvetkova (2017), the reach of music is also more pronounced since there are more platforms to stream music. The internet has increased the reach of their music. Unlike earlier versions of music, the modern day rhythm and blues glorifies love without introducing something that can be termed as revolutionary. This kind of music has little or no political messages. This means that they can only sway people socially and morally, but not politically.
The Beatles was a music group famous in the middle of the 20th century. Formed in Liverpool in the year 1960, they went ahead to change the face of music all over the world. Their historic rise was partly attributed to their innovative way of doing music. The group improved how music was perceived to a large extent. Their impact on socio-cultural practices was immense. Their cultural influence across the world was huge. Pop culture, which was unheard of in the united states in the 1960s, became a common place (Tzvetkova, 2017). Their influence on culture became legendary. It was also the first band to ever make such huge sales. To date, it is the most prolific band to have ever existed. The Beatles managed to change the culture of people, all over the world through music (“Social Change, the Sixties and the Beatles,” 2016). The European music market was completely changed by the group. On the other hand, the United States. The music encouraged people to be more adventurous and more outgoing. Unlike the past where people where used to common types of music, the Beatles changed the landscape. Music has the ability to change the way in which people relate and perceive different cultures.
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