Throughout history, African-American musicians and singers have made a profound impact in music, they have given sound and voice through a wide variety of musical genres. Universally they have shared emotions and experiences of faith, passion, joy, comfort and injustice through songs that speaks directly to the heart and spirit.Many of these artist have the power to influence, inspire, and affect social change through their musical talent. Their personal stories and experiences have transcended time and encouraged new generations to continue down the path of singing, dancing, preaching and performing with musical instruments. Over the past two centuries these experiences have become part of a cultural identity.The incredible men and woman mention in this book are responsible for creating some of the most iconic songs ever recorded in the history of music. Their trailblazing sounds have been synonymous in the inception of the musical genres such as Gospel, Blues, Jazz, Soul, Rock & Roll, R&B, Disco and Hip-Hop, to name a few. Their timeless musical treasures continue to enrich and endure our culture, history, spirit, and soul. Recognizing that African-American musicians have played a major role in helping the country sing, dance, express their faith through song, and march against injustice, the federal government officially declared the month of June as African-American Music Appreciation Month, which originally began in June, 1979.Each year, for the month of June, the country recognizes and honors the contributions African-American artists have made throughout history, and the impact their music has made in our society and the world. The month also highlights the countless musicians, singers and composers who have influenced, shaped and contributed to every genre and style of music ever conceived.