Top 10 Gospel Singers of All Time

Rating the best gospel singers of today. From gospel music's golden age to its enlightment period of toady. Don't agree with the list? Vote for an existing item you think should be ranked higher or if you are a logged in, add a new item for others to vote on or create your own version of this list.

The Top Ten

Sandi Patty
Is there any there choice BUT Sandi Patty!?! Truly the "Voice" of Christian music. Beautiful person, blessed with incredible gift, amazing entertainer and always giving back. The first concert I ever attended was Sandi Patty in 1986 (Let There Be Praise tour), the ticket was a gift from my grandmother. Over the years, her music has continued to be part of my spiritual journey. Often times, the only way God could speak to my heart was through her music "In Heaven's Eyes). I still say no ones rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner" comes close to Sandi's. Last year I had the pleasure and honor to meet my "spiritual mentor" at a concert and do her makeup. I work in T.V. /Film production as a makeup artist/hairstylist and was so delighted to be able to share my gifts with someone that has shared hers with us. Truly a blessing. Sandi is #1, top of the list, best of the best, class act in my book.
I know a lot of people are talking about the performer "sandi Patty. However I want to talk about the genuine person behind "The Voice". I met Sandi back in 1992. This concert was in St Louis Missouri. When I was meeting her for the first time I was so nervous since this was the person I love listening to on my cassettes. However she put me very much at ease and even had a autograph picture waiting for me. She told me that if she is ever in my area look her up and she will try to make every effort to make sure I can see her backstage. Well let me tell you that she is person of her word. I have met her several times backstage since then. Each time a little more of her awesome personality comes out. She is very humorous person on and off stage. I feel honored to know such a great Christian Musician. I am also a Music Minister for a Methodist Church and where ever I go I am always talking about the musician/friend named Sandi Patty. Sandi is truly one of a kind person and so blessed to know her. Her voice can soar to the heavens and make anybody get goose bumps. Thanks for letting me share with you my story!
The first time I heard Mrs Sandi Patty like everyone else was when she sang The Star Spangled Banner for the reopening of The Statue Of Liberty loved her voice. The next time I heard her sing was after my father had three strokes and I didn't know how to pray with the way I felt my radio was on don't remember the station but her song ( In Heaven's Eye's ) came on and calmed my fears and God heard my heart felt prayers. I've never seen Mrs Patty in concert until this past April when I got to go to see her in Carnegie Hall she is just breath taking when she walked out, when she started to sing I was taken back. I found peace and went on with a sound mind. To me Mrs Sandi Patty is and always will be the Greatest Christian artist there ever been. She is #1 with me! Never met her but I don't need to her music not only brings me close to God and Jesus but to Her as well. Love Her very much, Thank You Mrs Patty for every thing you have done for me, more then you'll ever know you are Heaven sent!
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2David Phelps
Although all the tenors that sang in TGVB were very talented, David has outshined them all in my opinion. The richness and diversity of his voice is unmatchable and his devotion to the Lord is unmistakable as he shares his God given gift of music and believe me, I grew up in a musical family and I know good music when I hear it.
Gaither Vocal Band Tenor started in 1999 with the GVB. He has a talent to "woo" crowds worldwide, and a unique yet familiar to prepare the gospel in vocal bliss.
His voice is amazing! He is the BEST singer I've ever heard, male or female. God Bless you David!
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3Yalonda Adams
Yalonda has been in gospel music for a while, and she keeps getting better.
Yolanda Adams is the best for making Becoming and new single be still
Cause yolanda is the best singer that I know in usa
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4Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston should be in the top ten. Her vocal range is outstanding. She is truly blessed with the presents of the Lord throughout her delivery.
She has a strong voice and she is truly lovely
"THE VOICE" She is gone but her VOICE lives FOREVER! She an inspirational singer... Sings like Angels of host... Smile like the Bright Morning Star. Whitney Elizabeth Nippy Houston... We shall forever hold you firm in our hearts... Enjoy singing with the angels in heaven, where there is no sorrows and broken hearts...
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5Kirk Franklin
He is excellent, he has a wonderful spirit and he is filled the holy ghost, he has a true gift of music from God and he really has the word of God and knows how to use it especially when it comes to ministering through his music, he really touches my heart anyway.
He is my mentor when it come to gospel songs, even am using his life is in your hand as my ring tone now!
He's a great Singer. My church sings his song all the time. Keep doing what your doing!
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6Michael W. Smith
He is by far the best gospel singer, I love his music and think he is the best tool GOD has used to demonstrate HIS love to us, I am always so blessed when I hear his music and know that GOD uses people for HIS kingdom
I really think Michael W. Smith is one of the best gospel singers, I love his music.
He is the best he sings with power and can also play de piano whiles singing. He is the best
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7Michael English
Hard to be a Gospel musician without the anointing of God...Michael has that and has humility to go along with the talent God gave him. And life handed him some lemons at one point and he moved thru it with the blessing of God. Everyone in this list has talent but it takes God to make them touch the lives of people thru the instrument we call vocals.
The voice a gift from the almighty
Yes Michael English is a real gospel singer and I enjoy hearing his great voice and I appreciate his great testmont on his mistakes and we all made mistakes. I am praying for you Michael, keep the great work up. l caudill, cookeville, tn
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8Mahalia Jackson
Mahalia Jackson was a true Gospel singer all the way through! She should be #1, not Aretha. Mahalia never sang songs like :"Freeway Of Love", "You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman", "Who Zooming Who", "Jumpin Jack Flash", Dr. Feel Good" and oh, Mahalia never sang "Touch My Body" at one of her concerts!
Everyone has already said it. Mahalia Jackson was a "true" "through" and "through" gospel singer. She let the light of God shine through her every time she opend her mouth to sing. Love that Queen of Gospel!
Mahalia is nearly the only gospel singer for me. In fact, outside of her songs, I rarely listen to this genre, though I'm a believer. Most gospel music (I hope this isn't offensive) feels a bit too sentimental to me. But when Mahalia sings it, my goodness, it knocks me to the floor every time. I'm not sure what it is, but whatever it is, she's got it.
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9Kim Burrell
This young lady is blessed with the potential of singing. I truly believe that she is doig what she was made to do
She should be # two because her riffs and runs and testimonies through her music tells you how anointed her singing is
Kim Burrell has been truly anointed by God.
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10Keith Green
Keith Green's For Him Who Has Ears to Hear belongs to the top 3 albums that shaped the modern Contemporary Gospel Music. Your Love Broke Through (written by Stonehill) and You Put This Love to My Heart are timeless gospel rock classics.
By far the most progressive, experimental, and melodic heavy band of all time! Also, they happen to be the greatest band of all time! I love the Beatles and the Stones but Opeth outshine them on every level except popularity.


He's long been gone but the message of his songs lives on..
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The Contenders

11Donnie McClurkin
Just listen to him sing the old hymns and you will know what I mean, especially Holy, Holy, Holy. Just a pure, sweet voice with a large vocal range (from the highest range of Baritone to the Highest Range of Tenor). He is without the Best Male Gospel Singer of the past two decades.
He is the best singer or minister of all times.
Brighter day tjo its killing me keep it up
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12Rance Allen
If his vocal ability is unmatched... Which it is... & this is the top SINGERS of all time... Bishop Rance Allen not being number one frauds this list. People like Marvin Sapp... Marvin Winans (who should definitely be on here)... J Moss (who should be on here) are on record saying he's the greatest singer. Kirk doesn't belong on a singing list... I don't see Rev. James Moore... Darryl Coley is definitely top 10... I really don't understand your criteria.
An unparalleled technique, a very unique, deep vocal tone and so much soul and power. Rance Allen is the king of gospel singing.
Vocal ability unmatched. Should be number one if vocal ability is the primary factor.
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13Shirley Ceasar
I think Shirley Ceasar brings the gospel back to the pepole and I think two of her best songs are heaven has a plaground and no charge she is a very good singer and I think her songs lift people because they lift me. That's why I think she is the best gospel singer so I think she should be the first one on the list of gospel singers.
yes shirley you are a woman of god and I love your music.




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14Elvis Presley
Elvis was the BEST! He really was a gift from God. Something and I mean something just came over him when he sang gospel. You can hear it and see it. He knew every gospel song that was ever written. Lets not forget he got 3 Grammies for Gospel music. Sure do wish he was still with us...
What can we say? His Hand in mine, How great thou art and He touched me. Just listened to those albums and you will see the man deserves even better than number 8! To me he is tied with Mahalia...
Elvis Presley was an unbeatable Talent. Only uneducated people can deny that. His Gospel songs always were deep, touching and very emotional. His vocal always sounds phenomenal


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15George Beverly Shea
Shea had a golden voice. He will remain my favorite singer forever.
Gideon solonka
Best for how great thou art
To my ear he is the best of all times and may be forever

16Karen Clark Sheard
karens rang is amazing her runs floorless her growles powerful karen is one of the most successful out of the clarks and she has toached many people with her testimony and her songs and she is very anoited
he is the absolute guitar god I have seen many guitarists but none were as skilled as he is! he is the best! you know why? everybody can have its own opinion about guitarists the one likes metal guitarists the other one likes rock guitarists because they don't like metal because its to brutal thats called an opinion but no man on the world can denie speed he is the one and only guitar god!


I agree, her voice is phenomenal. She has an incredible range. Her "Finally Karen" album should be considered the best gospel album ever. I love 90s Karen more than today's (the modern) Karen. I pray she bring that era back. She can whistle too.
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17CeCe Winans
Cece winans is the best singer in gospel. In fact I'm listening to her song right noe you are loved, you should listen to it! Its so amazing. GOd has touched her heart
I have been a fan and watched her mature into the devoted godly woman she is. I love her voice, her style and her witness!
She is the best, thank God
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18Andrae Crouch
Andrae is by far the number 1 gospel artist of all time/he changed gospel music, and took it to an other level. Plus God gave him the talent baby. As long as they do Gods work what does it really matter anyway. God bless them all.
Gospel artist and composer of all the classics "Take Me Back" "My Testimony" half the songs sung in a Black Gospel church on any given Sunday were written by him!
Andrae Crouch would have to be number one, he is the godfather of Christian music his sound and influence to other artists, is second to none.

19Aretha Franklin
Great singer my whole family love your musics and the way you sing it brings the spritual and grace to us.
because you are legacy to all the people and I love your music.


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20Fred Hammond
From jazzy gospel, to all out worship fred Hammond packs in the spot at number 9.
the gift of God is without repentance big up, represent the kingdom.
Fred Hammond is simply one of the best to ever do it.
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21Daryl Coley
My opinion? Go check him out! He is not the most popular... But anyone with the ability to hear should notice it! Youtube it!
I agree he is a very good singer

22Ron Kenoly
Awesome uplifting praise from him
He is so inspiring

23Marvin Sapp
One of my FAVORITE gospel singers, I can feel the annointing whenever he sings
Anointed man of God he can sing. And lead a worship service.
sings with conviction, love his songs, and his character is respectful, as a child of God is required to be.
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24Marvin Winans

Full of the anointing of God, his Style pulls you in to worship, the song Amen from Adre Crouch Album and faithful from his resent album, the praise Worship experience and Draw me close to you

One of Greatest! Male Voice Ever In Gospel MLW)
One of the greatest voices of all time!
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25Vestal Goodman
I don't know if your list here is in ranking order or just listed in this order. But, if so, this grand lady of gospel should be right up at the very top. After all, she helpled pioneer gospel music for so many years, and was well loved and respected across many genre. She could sing it all. Vestal's voice was a national treasure, and the most dynamic voice ever to be heard in gospel music according to Bill Gaither. Right up until her homegoing at 74 yrs old, her voice was still clear and powerful, and was truly an instrument annionted by god himself throughout her life. Vestal will always be #1 with me. God Bless!
The most beautiful voice I've heard in my whole life
If you don't think Vestal was a good singer you don't know talent.
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26Isreal Houghton
Now her is a Man of God that has taken the Word and made it alive in song. He brings youth and classical Gospel style together. The Gift God dave him is more than I have seen with any other artist.
He has a true love and heart for God and it shows in his music. I can feel the anointing God to minister to the people of God. May God continue to bless him and his family.
Think his blood flows with music...
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27John P. Kee
I think Pastor John P Kee has been underrated his career. How could someone like Kirk Franklin be ahead of him and he don't even sing. John never got the the credit he deserved.
His ranges and control is great. Been my favorite since 1989, along with james moore and marvin winans... Constanty listen to john, through Jesus Christ his songs has has always made my faith stronger and help me endure.
Ahead of his time, probably one of greatest all time gospel singers

28Bridget Blucher

I am always touched each time I listen to Bredget's music. She has what it take to be a gosple singer, keep it up God bless you

29Marshall Hall

30Amy Grant
The best singer of ANY genre in ANY era. PERIOD.
No one can beat her voice. When she sings El Shaddai, I feel like I can hear angels backing her up!
One of the best singers of all time.

31Chris Tomlin
He sings great gospel music. He gives a great message of how great GOD is and I love his music. He just says something that's how GOD wants us to be and makes peoples heart warm up inside. Its makes me want to help people, ask GOD for forgivness and tell peple howi want to what right sometimes! :) I love Chris Tomlin:)!
I can relate to his songs and he's a true Christian. it was kinda sad to see Whitney Houston in the Top 10 of Greatest Gospel Singers when she did not influenced me to come to God. She's a great singer, that's true but for me being a GREAT GOSPEL SINGER is all about INTRODUCING THE POWER OF CHRIST AND SALVATION THROUGH MUSIC. Aand Chris Tomlin is the one.
Greatest song writers of today
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32Andy Chrisman
Truly one of the most distinctive voices and personalities of the greatest male vocal groups of our generation. His range is incredible and his presence in a song took the listener to a whole new level. Nobody can match his power and his sincerity when he sings. Now he is blessing others at Church on the Move as he gives back doing his weekly radio show.

33Benny Hinn
Pastor Benny Hinn is a truly anointed man of God, his songs of worship is really touching and full of anointing. His strong relationship with The Holy Spirit really makes his songs to be so powerful. I personally believe that with the incoming of the third Pentecost wave, he will truly used by God to make "Unlimited Miracle". Jesus bless him
He has worship songs a like so much. Especially his pianist.

34Darrell Evans
Let the River Flow album is life changing, especially when you join in singing with all your heart. It's naked worship. That album was recorded at our church in Tulsa, OK, where Darrell was our worship leader. It has been many years since I lived in Tulsa, and LAST WEEK I just went on iTunes and rebought the album, since I don't really know where all my CD's are located at this point. Ever since I have been hoping for an opportunity to refer it to our praise band here at my church in Panama City Beach. Now I am saving up to purchase some of his more current music as well. FIVE *****

35J. Moss
He's too much... He is the Best Gospel Artist ever
He is the best... His runs are sick and he is an untouchable.
J moss is the world's best singer. others follow

36Bob Carlisle

37T. D. Jakes

38Smokie Norful
My pastor smokie norful is a awesome singer one of the greatest I feel he should be in the top 10
Awesome! Should be up there with Elvis Presley:-)
I just love his inspirational voice.

39Albertina Walker
The "Dream Maker, " "Star Maker, " very unselfish woman of God. A truly born again believer, and one who taught and cared for so many. A fantastic talent, and blessing from the Lord on high. I will always love her music and her legend will forever live!
Simply the best. Her work with the caravans and the many great songs and performances. Lord Keep Me Day By Day and many more. All of her contemporaries regard her as the queen.
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40Don Moen
Exceptional gospel singer. A household name all over d world. Even here in africa. He sings with his whole hear and soul.
Don Moen is an exceptionally heaven-gifted worship leader whose anointed songs immediately stirs a soul in longing of his maker.
This great man is blessed beyond understanding with his God given gift which he surly uses to bless lives all around the world. If there is a gospel musician I have chosen to meet in my life time, it would surly be Doen Moen on top of the list.
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41Kathy Troccoli
Kathy gets right to the Heart! She reaches deep into the heart and soul of people. She gets my vote!

42Guy Penrod
The best gospel performer of all time, such passion, deep feelings, true love of God and gospel music!
Love Guy Penrod awesome singer!

43James Moore
I thank God for the gift that was given Minister James Moore. He was an anointed gospel singer, musician and conductor of heavenly praise. His music cannot be duplicated nor diluted b/c there will always be only. one mistro of gospel music for the masses... Minister James Moore
Really anointed renditions from Rev James Moore... Due respect to all contenders but anyone could see the man had a gift from the Lord. Halleluijah!

44Mary Mary
These are some SANGIN SISTAS
Yes Lord! They are the Best!
Mary mary are the best singers because they have power in their voice.

45Lincoln Brewster

46Darlene Zschech
You are a great woman of God.
Darlene zschech songs inspire the soul like let it reign

47Dottie Peoples


Am alyws touched with mandisa's song kpt up

Really you are amazing, perfect I love your music.

49Frank Edwards
He is my music father, I was inspired by him
He is adorable when it comes to vocal exhilaration, a true gospel blessing
He is a man send from God
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When it comes to the best of holy spirit inspired song its just sinach.. She has a way of bringing the atmosphere if worship and praise to people
I am in the same global ministry as Sister Sinach, Beautiful woman of God, graced minister, she ministers not just sings.
The most inspired and anointed gospel singer.
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51Detrick Haddon
He's the best a like all songs he;s voice is the best he is first classic for me he's top one for me that look god is in him a feel he's words a feel god power he's voice is superman
His voice is like hearing from Jesus... Enough said!
A legend in the making.
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52Byron Cage

53Elbernita Twinkie Clark
Twinkie Clark is a legend. She has wrote almost all The Clark Sisters Biggest big hit she also is a two time Grammy award winner. Know for creating the unique sound for "The Clark Sisters" called the clark sound she is a musical inspiration to gospel and secular singer and has been crownd the Queen of the hammond B3.
Elbernita (Twinkie) clark is queen of the organ, song writer and leader of the legendary Clark Sister, she is a two times Grammy award winner and one of he living anointed Queens of gospel and a real lady
The true Clark Sisters. Twinkie can sing, compose, and direct gospel music.
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54Dorinda Clark Cole
Dorinda is the legendary "Rose of Gospel Music". She has paved the way for many gospel and secular singers. Her supersonic scatts, smooth runs, and raspy tone contribute to her unique style. She is known as the "jazzy" sister of the legendary Clark Sisters. Dorinda's voice is a multitalented mezzo soprano voice!
Wonderful, anointed, powerful, and dynamic woman of God. Gospel's rose she can riff, run, and scatt at sonic speeds. She truly is one of gospel music's greatest singers.
Dorinda Clark Cole (The Rose) of Gospel is a fansatic singer. Not only is she apart of the ledgendary "Clark Sister" But she can SANG. She can run, scat, growl and, Dorinda is also know as the jazzy clark because of her scats, basically Dorinda Can "SANG! "
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55Mark Lowry

56Mavis Staples

57Darrel Walls
An amazing songwriter! God bless you

58Papa San
In my opinion the voice is great and is the vocalist of reggae gospel international in 1st place and christafari is the 2nd place, now papa san is the best of reggae with a beautiful great voice!
I love Papa san
His a good singer thankyou

59Rev James Cleveland
There will never be any singer (male) to surpass him. I will never get rid of my James Cleveland music. There are some
That are good but, not better.
So sad... every singer you listed came from the works of the rev. james cleveland... Even the gospel cords they use... His life was all about james cleveland presents... So who ever is running this servey really don't know any history of gospel music and should find something else to do... Be blessed or informed...

60Terri Bewley-Conner

61Deborah Fraser

The most powerful woman of god who deserve to be in the top ten because of her personality.

62Jennifer Holliday

63Frank Williams
Any list of top gospel singers, if it is to have any credibility, would have to include Frank Williams. His solo performance of Near The Cross, recorded with the choir that he founded, The Mississippi Mass Choir, is the best rendition that I ever heard. His solos with Mississippi Mass, The Jackson Southernaires, his performances with James Moore and others, were always nothing short of beautiful. His voice was elegant, his delivery divinely eloquent, a true ministry in music.

64Clifton Francois

65Micah Stampley
His multi octave range, his tone, his anointing, his skill and delivery wow! Are impeccable. He is truly blessed.
He's awesome listen to him on amazon and youtube and iTunes
The anointing on his life supersedes everything else.

66Kim Walker
She is just so inspiring. She always attracts God's presence whenever she worships.happy for her existence
Amazing women of God, love her man, she is my inspiration bless you
I just the way she sings and speaks in tongues when singing. You can fell the passion in her praise.
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67Marion Williams
Emotive whooping hollering powerhouse
Absoutley the best ever!

68Wyneta Bynes

69John Starnes
Truly magnificient voice, outstanding vocal range. pure magic and spiritually heartfelt

70Cwesi Oteng
Oh this guy is great. Really inspire anything I listen to him
He is great Ghanaian artist, very creative

71Steve Green
Incredible tenor with millions of albums sold, over 30 years of ministry and tremendous international outreach/

72DJ Nicholas
Love Nicholas the words of your songs really touches my heart
Well known and touching minister

73Fanny Crosby
I appreciate Fanny's singing so much.
She was the best lyricist of all times.

74Joe Ligon

Top 5 Gospel of all times, He is able to take a living testimony and make it a song, his music is inspiring and motivational. A very good leader, mighty clouds of joy is what it is today because of Joe Ligon, from being the sensational wonders to become the mighty clouds he actually played a vital role.

75Camelia Brownlee Lewis
She is a new upcoming gospel artist.

76Jason Crabb
Jason is a Grammy award winning vocalist and multiple DOVE Award winner including ARTIST of the year and MALE VOCALIST of the year.

77Tennessee Ernie Ford
One of the best in gospel music. His voice and his music will live for ever!

78Tasha Cobbs
Break EVERY Chain...U will be BLESSED! And the chains will be broken..
She is a very good singer

79Isaac Joe
One of the best music composer and motivational speaker in South India.

80Dr. Mattie Moss Clark

81Joe Mettle

82Isaac Carree

83Kanvee G. Adams

84Jessica Reedy

85Larry Norman
The Pioneer of Christian Rock genre. Norman's songs challenged all the traditional concept of Christian music. Why Don't You Look Into Jesus is a timeless gem in Christian music world.

86Jennifer Knapp
Knapp's Undo Me is one of the best Contemporary Christian songs of all time.
Jennifer Knapp is an awesome singer, music is fabulous and her voice is beautiful... Love listening to her.

87Willie Banks
He was a truly Godly, anointed man. His songs rang out with truth, and wisdom. I loved his music, still love his music, and will always cherish the times I attended his concerts, as he always praised, and worshiped God in song.

88Willie Neal Johnson
Willie Neal Johnson gave so much to the Gospel Music industry. Many have tried to mimic, but none could come close. He also believed in giving unselfishly.

89Doug Oldham
Love to hear him sing. He put so much feelings in his songs. I can still hear him sing The King Is Coming! "


91Tramaine Hawkins

92Sister Rosetta Tharpe
She not only sang brilliantly but played guitar brilliantly as well.

93Sallie Martin

94Johnny Cash

95Heather St. Clair

96Reverend Gary Davis

97Tony Fontane
What's the matter with you people. Haven't you ever heard of Tony Fontane. Now he is the best gospel singer of all time.
I heard in the middle 1950's in Grand rapids and it brought me to Christ I never had heard such a voice, what happened to him?... I will never forget him.
He was singing and gave his testimony of Christ in his life.

98Jonathan Pierce

99Luke Spurgeon

100Nortreus Werley
He's a very great singer for the Lord

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