When the singularly most influential musician today speaks, people listen.
Kanye West has been holding weekly Sunday Services since January of this year, with the Wests, Kardashians, and Jenners and friends attending in droves.
Since its start, the Sunday Services have caused both fascination and confusion; it’s as though the world is witnessing West’s continuing musical transformation, and no one wants to miss a minute of it. The influencer has been influenced.
West is evolving, but does this evolution mean he’s giving up rap music to exclusively record gospel music? Find out what we know.
What is Kanye’s Sunday Service?
At one of his Sunday Services, the rapper sings, preaches, teaches, admonishes, and exhorts the faithful throng. A spectacular choir and band offer up praises as well. The service itself seems to move from week to week. One week it’s in Wyoming, another week in Chicago, this past week it was in Queens, NYC, and it’s coming to a city near you.
West explained to David Letterman on the Netflix show My Next Guest, “It’s just an idea that we had to open up our hearts and make music that we felt was as pure and as positive as possible. And just do it for an hour every Sunday and have something where people can come together and feel good with their families.”
Kim Kardashian explained it this way to Elle, “[The church], it’s honestly more like a healing experience for my husband. It’s just music; there’s no sermon. It’s definitely something he believes in—Jesus—and there’s a Christian vibe. But there’s no preaching. It’s just a very spiritual Christian experience.”
Can regular people like you and me attend?
Up to now, it seems it’s been mostly a celebrity-attended event, with the immediate families and friends of the Wests, Kardashians, Jenners, etc., in attendance.
Chance the Rapper explained on Lights Out with David Spade that the services are “Christ-based…sick and dope. I wouldn’t even say churchy.”
When asked by Spade what he needed to do to attend, Chance replied, “You have to know somebody.”
However, the Sept. 27th Detroit Service (held on a Friday, but whatever!) ‘sold’ free tickets on Ticketmaster. Perhaps, then going forward, West will be opening the services up to the public through forums such as online ticket agencies.
Is Kanye West Really Only Recording Gospel Music From Now On?
So, will West be focusing exclusively on gospel music?
FakeShoreDrive‘s Andrew Barber, a Chicago-based music blogger, was at the event when the Jesus Walks singer made the stunning proclamation.
“Kanye also announced that he is no longer making secular music. Only Gospel from here on out,” he tweeted. Given West’s current focus on spirituality and God, it could be true.
Time, and Kanye, will tell.