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.

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1Sandi 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 ...more

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 ...more

I agree. In the top 10 of greatest singers period. In all genres

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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.

David's anointing simply flows, when I'm down I listen to the words of worship God has richly blessed you to share his love through your music not forgetting all the singers of the past singing with Bill and Gloria I wish you guy were in Goa, India I tried purchasing your Videos but could not, as they are not available.

David Phelps is #1, the best, no one can compare to David. He is the #1, the Best of the Top10 Gospel Singers of All Time. With David's great and awesome tenor voice, he could make the rafters ring. David uses his God given talent, his voice and singing to praise God, he gives God the glory and through his songs he tells others about God, Jesus Christ. Thank you David for being a true and sincere Christian. I love to hear you sing and I love your humor and smile. May God bless you David always and also your wonderful family. I love you and you're still so good looking and sweet and kind.
David you are and always will be #1 and at the top!

Most gifted tenor I have ever heard with a range that will bring tears to my eyes from the first note to the last! Can hold a note to the stratosphere that literally takes my breath away, too. The spirit with which he sings and the devotion to the Lord, his family, and fans puts David head and shoulders above others. He is truly anointed and that is what draws all ages to hear this remarkably talented singer.

David's voice, his words are a daily devotion for me. God's anointing is powerful! Thank you David for bring us your talent, songs and and your musical ministry. To God be the Glory! Best Tenor!

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3Michael English

Michael is one of the most anointed singers I've had the privilege to see and hear. His ministry is unlike no other. I've sat there and watch as it seemed you could see the anointing dripping off of him. His humble heart and openness about his life's story makes him such a tremendous minister of the gospel. I've heard many say that their lives have been changed thanks to Michael allowing God to move through him to reach people who otherwise have no hope. My own life was changed when God led to me Michael's music and his life's story. Being raised in church all your life doesn't mean you have a grasp on what grace and redemption are all about. Thank God I learned to live under grace and by God's mercy I walk with Him daily. Michael's ministry stands alone. God has a special anointing on this man to reach lost and hurting souls. His heart is for ministry and it's been a privilege to be allowed to witness it. God bless you Michael 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.

When Michael sings, he tells a story with his whole being. He has a true anointing of God. His voice takes me to places which no other singer has done before. I feel that he brings me into the presence of God. Because of Michaels openness, when he is singing, I and others I have talked to go through the same feelings and emotions he is going through. God has worked through Michael to bring many including myself back into Gods open arms. He has an amazing voice and is an encouragement to all.

If everything printed in these reviews is honest and straight, your review is not posted. That's what's wrong with this world now, nobody wants the truth, but Gods Word has already spoke the truth, people will believe a lie and be dammed by it. I'll stand for my Lord, tell the truth, live his word by is grace and mercy, don't need no hypocrites and fakes in my life. Sorry, but if the shoe fits it must be wore.

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4Yalonda 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

Yolanda has been singing for a very long time and has been very consistent and relevant in the gospel music industry. She continues to shine as she goes.

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5Keith Green

I agree. If we're talking about those who made gospel songs into radio play, beginning the move of contemporary Christian music being played and sung outside of church then we are certainly talking Keith Green.

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

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.

Keith Green is the only Christian songwriter who has impressed me. And does he impress! He is absolutely fantastic.

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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

Most gospel singers copy his songs which render him a unique artist

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7George Beverly Shea

To place Whitney Houston above George Beverly Shea demonstrates either a shallow knowledge of Gospel throughout time or a complete lack of knowledge as to what Gospel Music is.
Shea has sung before more people than anyone in history. He holds 10 Grammy Awards. Lived to be 104 because he walked with God, not dope.

After George Beverly Shea you begin your list of the top gospel singers of all time.

To my ear he is the best of all times and may be forever

Great voice, great faith, great life, what more can you say

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8Donnie 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.

His ministry through music is without par! Totally anointed and there is no comparison to anyone else. He is a total original! You know it's him as soon as you hear his voice!

Vote him one the best singer because l think he sings with a unique anointing.

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9Chris 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.

My greatest male gospel singer. You are the best and may God continue reviewing his messages through your songs Chris.

Greatest song writers of today

Chris is one of my favorite singers ever. I love his singing and I love Jesus and Gospel music!

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10Kim Burrell

She should be # two because her riffs and runs and testimonies through her music tells you how anointed her singing is

This young lady is blessed with the potential of singing. I truly believe that she is doig what she was made to do

Kim Burrell has been truly anointed by God.

My favourite singer of all time!

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The Contenders

11Don Moen

Exceptional gospel singer. A household name all over d world. Even here in Africa. He sings with his whole hear and soul.

I wonder how people rate gospel musicians. Is it just by voice, but not by life and impact in the Christian fold. Don Moen should definitely be in top ten. He has impacted life all over the world and I've not heard any bad record of him tarnishing the name of Christ. Why should we be encouraging people who are not born again but singing gospel songs.

Don Moen is an exceptionally heaven-gifted worship leader whose anointed songs immediately stirs a soul in longing of his maker.

A god given talent that never fades away with role model

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12Kirk 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!

An anointed, creative GIANT! What a gifted artist. His testimony lives through his music and he continues to be transparent. He ministers through his music and doesn't just entertain.

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13Whitney HoustonWhitney Elizabeth Houston (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012) was an American singer, actress, producer, and model. In 2009, Guinness World Records cited her as the most awarded female act of all time. Houston is one of pop music's best-selling music artists of all-time, with an estimated 170–200 more.

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...

My father says she is the best gospel singer he has ever heard

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14Mahalia 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.

The greatest Ever!

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15CeCe 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! It's 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!

Cece I'm just happy for you, your song is so meaningful I don't even know how to explain it better, but all I know: you're great in gospel

Just love her

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16Rance 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.

He needs to be #1, It's like God himself laid hands on Bishop Rance Allen's throat and said "sing". Nobody can touch this man.

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17Amy Grant

Amy Grant is a pioneer of Contemporary Christian, in the Gospel Hall of Fame and continues to touch hearts over 30 years later. Love her concerts!

No one can beat her voice. When she sings El Shaddai, I feel like I can hear angels backing her up!

Amy Grant and Sandy Patty are tops vocally, yet, I still love Twila Paris.

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18Rich Mullins

From the first time that I ever heard Rich Mullins, I was moved by his music, and by the words that he spoke in his songs. However, when I think of Rich Mullins, I think of a man who could have walked around in haughty clothes, shoes made in Italy, $100.00 hair cuts, and living in some regal manor, in some uppity, highbrow, gated community. But Rich couldn't be defined by riches. He was often barefoot, wearing shabby clothing, and in need of a hair cut. His home was more like a hut than a manor. His pride was left where it belonged, it was in God. He died too soon for us who are still living on this earth. He was, and still should be, a spiritual inspiration, but, although our spirit is willing, our flesh is weak. Our eyes and hearts ogle at the world when we should be ogling Heaven. Rich was different. He was humble, and he dedicated his life to the good works rather than the consumption of the worldly goods. Still, God took him in His perfect timing. Many people sing the songs of ...more

19Andrae 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 is the father of modern day Gospel Music. His music is still listenable and playable to this very day. His compositions are being sung all over the world fro well over 4 decades!

His music was and still is so inspirational. I loved listening to him.

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20Shirley Ceasar

yes shirley you are a woman of god and I love your music. - egillaxelsson


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.

I love all of Shirley Ceasar's music. Her voice is anointed and I am blessed that her music is being used to speak to me.

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