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

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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!
[Newest]Awesome gift from God. She has such a high range, and one can feel the Spirit of the Lord/Anointing as she sings. Awesome!
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2Yalonda 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
[Newest]She is very good, she is great

3Kirk 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 song...my 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!
[Newest]He is really guided by God. I am here, lean on me

4David 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.
I am definitely not living the life that I should be right now but I have always loved gospel music and it's like no matter how far I get away from God the music always brings me back in touch with him. David is such a great singer it makes cold chills on me every time I hear him. Thanks for helping me stay closer to God than I would be without you.
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.
[Newest]The best tenor ever. I love him and his voice. His singing makes my heart sing. I listen to him everyday and it makes me feel so happy. Thank You God for giving us such talent here on earth.

5Donnie 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
[Newest]He is the man of our time. Thumbs up

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
[Newest]I love his music

7Don 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.
[Newest]A blameless man endowed with praises. God bless him

8Whitney 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.
"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...
She has a strong voice and she is truly lovely
[Newest]I love her so much

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.
[Newest]To me Kim Burrell is the best Gospel Singer Ever when she singers you have to fill the anointing

10Michael 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.
After winning more Dove Awards than almost anyone ever, in 1994, Michael English went into self-imposed exile for about 13 years! Even so, he is on this List, showing that God's Hand is still very much on his Life! His Vocal Skills are simply unmatched by any artist in any genre of Music--from his beloved Southern Gospel and Gaither Vocal Band Days to his "Pop" Sting-like style. Simply Amazing! But more than anything, he was broken and spilled out--and somehow God put him back together--IT WASNT EASY! -- and Our Savior is using him to carry the sweet message of GRACE AND REDEMPTION to "all we who have gone
Astray". I heard Michael for the first time not too long ago during a horrendous personal crisis. Listening to
Michael sing IN CHRIST ALONE literally kept my focus on GOD'S POWER TO PERFORM ANY MIRACLE to rescue His Children.
Listening to MIDNIGHT CRY brought streaming tears of Reassurance; STUBBORN is such a message about keeping THE FAITH.
Some of these singers are good choices, but for reaching The Broken-Hearted and those who believe there Sin is too great, and there is no Hope of Salvation for them, PLEASE LISTEN TO THE MUSIC OF Michael English and read his story of Victory, "The Prodigal Comes Home". GOD WILL BLESS YOU!
He's definitely one of the greatest singers of all time... In any genre. Michael can sing anything from gospel, pop to country.. You name it a truly gifted artist. Michael's soulful God anointed voice and testimony has blessed many people over the years. He belongs in the top 10!
[Newest]Awesome singer with a message

The Contenders

11Keith 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.
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..
[Newest]Is if he has his own psalms

12CeCe 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!
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
[Newest]When she sing her and her brother babe they make beautiful sound together, they know how to touch you.

13Chris 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
My greatest male gospel singer. You are the best and may God continue reviewing his messages through your songs Chris.

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.
[Newest]Mahalia jackson should be in 1# place she is the best gospel singer of all time.

15George 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.
Best for how great thou art
To my ear he is the best of all times and may be forever
[Newest]After George Beverly Shea you begin your list of the top gospel singers of all time.

16Isreal 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...
[Newest]A truly gifted GOSPEL singer, touches you through song

17Rance 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.
[Newest]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.

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 Rich Mullins, during praise an worship. Many Christian singers have released covers of his songs. Many hear his songs, and know his name, but few know the way that Rich Mullins truly lived the words he wrote. He was truly a man that loved God, and he did not want it to be about "Rich Mullins", he wanted it to be about the saving grace of our Lord Jesus.R.I.P. Rich, God truly blessed us with your music and with your example of how to live. I'm sure that you and King David will get together and play music with the angels singing along, praising our Awesome God...

19Shirley 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.
shirley I WANT TO BE JUST LIKE I SING GOSPEL ALSO BUT I ALWAYS WANTED TO WITH YOU MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU STRONG.

egillaxelsson

[Newest]Yes Shirley Caesar is the best of all time and she is my first favorite gospel singer and it was a blessing to meet her in person I think our god for her

20Ron Kenoly
Awesome uplifting praise from him
He should be in top 10!
Definitely top 5. Uplifting music
[Newest]This man is powerful

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