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.

The Top Ten

1 David Phelps David Norris Phelps is an American Christian music vocalist, songwriter and vocal arranger, who is best known for singing tenor in the Gaither Vocal Band.

What a God-given voice. I have seen him in concert, and everything is just effortless. Nobody even comes close to singing O Holy Night as well as he does. By far the best singer in Gospel Music and probably Christian Music period. And there is no doubt he is the best Tenor of the 21st century. He sings with such passion and just brings people to tears. God is great!

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!

There are many many talented singers in the world but not one of them holds a candle to David Phelps. David is everything wrapped into 1. He has a range that takes your breath away. He holds notes so long that leaves you sitting there in amazement wondering how is that possible? You feel the spirit of God flowing through David as he sings. The words that David puts on paper and the musical arrangements that go with those words leave no doubt that he has clearly been anointed by God above to bring his ministry to as many places across the globe as possible. I cannot tell you how many times tears have streamed down my face simply because of David's amazing voice along with the words he has written, along with the music he has written for it, along with the musical instruments he had arranged to be used, along with the back up singers he has chosen. It quite overwhelming! He is a perfect roll model to his children. He is a loving husband and father. There couldn't be a more humble and ...more

Simply inspiring. A voice and passion that shines with God's love and greatness. David Phelps is a mighty tool in God's hands. Thank you David for giving your God given talent back to Him for by doing so your music is worth ten fold more than what it would be otherwise. A voice like yours is simply powerful and through it God is exalted and people are blessed. You David, I believe, are living out your God given purpose which is the best any human can possibly wish for and the pinnacle of life. You have every reason to be filled with much joy as God uses your life for His awesome purposes.

2 Sandi Patty

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

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.

Heard Sandy when I was just a young woman and her voice stirred something deep in my spirit. She has the most incredible range and power, yet can sing so softly and sweetly. She sings with great passion and no one, can sing "The Star Bangled Banner" quite like Sandy! All three of my children have grown up hearing her music. I even took my youngest daughter and her school mate to see Sandy in person when she made an appearance in Atlanta. Sandy's voice is truly a Gift from God! When I'm feeling spiritual drained, I listen to Sandy's voice via Pandora on my cell phone! Her rendition of "How Great Thou Art" or "Upon This Rock" lift my spirits immediately. She is a blessing to all of us and should hold the honor of #1 Gospel Singer. She IS THE BEST!

3 Keith 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.

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.

Very outstanding music and lyrics. He was truly consumed by the love of God. What a legacy!

4 Michael 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.

Michael English has got to be the best. Great vocal range and intonation and awesome ability with the heart of a man that not only loves God but loves ministering to people. I remember the first time I went to one of his concerts I hung back at the table waiting for him to sign a cd for me because he was talking to somebody. Somebody told him it was time to leave but he stopped when he saw me standing there and took the time to sign the cd and talk with me and a friend of mine for a few minutes in spite of his schedule. You could tell he was tired too! He is not only extremely talented but he is also very very humble. That's rare in people today..

I think Michael English is one of the biggest hypocrites that I've ever heard sing. He can sing right, but he is so fake he hurts me just to watch his phony love for God and his singing partners. If he's not the voice in the spot light, he's not interested in song are singing. If Michael is as much a real Christian and believer behind the stage as on stage, he needs to get saved and filled with the Holy Ghost, if he's not fooling me, I know God is not fooled, for by their fruits you shall know them. That's not me judging, that's God word already judged Michael, a goat sounds almost like a lamb, but their life and spirits are different. Michael English is in the wrong calling, he needs to try his luck with someone like Toby Keith, where he can live the life he really wants to live, and be the child of the wicked one that he surely manifestes.

Michael English has a most amazing voice that is truly a gift from God. He generously gives his life to using his amazing voice to witness for and worship God. The message in his songs changes lives of many who hear him and brings them to a deeper relationship with God. He is a most genuine and caring person. His life's story of God's redeeming love for him, that he freely shares, is a story that all should hear. Even my 6 year old granddaughters love his music. They sing his songs as they are just playing at home or traveling in the car. What a joy for me to hear them ask me to put in a Michael English CD.

5 Don Moen

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.

This man of God is sent from God, his spirit is always lifting the congregation. And he is ready for ministration at any time, even his liestyle is worshiping God alwways. I fink 4 Gospel. Don Moen is connected. He might not be interested in all this slurs... Effects and al that buh he can take you to God's (this is top ten spirit annointed)

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.

When I was growing up in teens Church, there is a particular song we always sing and up till date the song is still on. the title is you are my hiding place. Don meon as always being helping me in easy connection to my God in both worship and praise, mostly worship.

6 George 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.

Shea had a golden voice. He will remain my favorite singer forever.
Gideon solonka

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

7 Yalonda Adams

All of her songs bring me to tears. They inspire me. There's been times where I lost faith and wanted to just give up on life and I listened to a song of hers and it brought me up the mountain. She is not the only one, but is definitely my favorite. Peace, love and God bless.

She is not only a singer of gospel music, she is straight up a Christian. I love the way she carries herself. She is simply a class act. Her music reaches deep down in the heart and soul, and is meaningful for today's time. I love anything she sings.

Yolanda has the most perfect pitch, she has control, depth, skill/technique, and most of all, purity. Which comes from her faithful relationship she has with God. When she sings, she ministers. There's no question about her iconic ability

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.

8 Chris Tomlin

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

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

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:)!

He is amazing! I listen to him sometimes. His voice is non pitchy and he can hit high notes.

9 Steve Green

Amazing voice, just as good as Phelps. Has a missionary heart, very strong Christian brother

Should be #1 on this list!

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

STEVE GREEN IS THE GREATEST GOSPEL SINGER FROM 1980 TO 1990. HIS DELIVERY AND
GREAT VOICE AND RANGE IS EXTREMELY ENTERTAINING AND SPELL-BOUNDING, NOT TO
MENTION HIS FACINATING STYLE AND GOOD LOOKS. WHEN YOU HEAR SO MANY OF HIS
SONGS, YOU IMMEDIATELY WANT TO HEAR THEM OVER & OVER AGAIN! I PROMISE THAT
STEVE WILL QUICKLY BECOME ONE OF FAVORITE ALL-TIME LOUD VOLUME SINGERS!

10 Donnie 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.

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!

He is very dedicated to God's Words through his music ministry of singing out during praise and worship. A wonderful Man of God

I am his admirer. I am always inspired by his voice and the lyric. I wish I can have the opportunity to see him physically.

The Contenders

11 Ron Kenoly

I love this guy and is one of my favorite gospel singer.

Extremely good when it comes to the aspect of prasing the lord thanking him

Awesome uplifting praise from him

Definitely top 5. Uplifting music

12 Larnelle Harris

This man's voice is so very powerful. I am disappointed to see many individuals here whose heart was not filled with what they sang. This man is not one of those. His love for God is clear. He should be further up.

How Larnelle is not in the top is mind boggling. Any of you try singing with him note for note and then youll get it. There's a reason he sung duets with Sandi Patti on I've just seen Jesus and more than wonderful. he's the best male vocalist in gospel.

You meet the Lord behind Larnelle’s eyes when he sings

13 Rich 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

Nobody comes close to Rich Mullins. He was an inspired, humble and rawly honest person, musician and singer. He was also the best lyricist. Most of all, he lived the life he preached in his music and that's the ultimate compliment.

No one was or currently is as real as Rich Mullins.

14 Sonya Isaacs

Beautiful voice with an endless range.

Very nice singing!

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15 Carman Licciardello

Carmen shakes your soul with his music as he personally leads you into the presence of Jesus.

Amazing takent and annointing

16 Kim Burrell

Kim Burrell has an range like no other. My opinion is in the past she was not given the credit that she deserved do to her size. Queen Burrell is a beautiful individual inside and out. She is down to earth and anointed.

Simply anoited voice of our time, Kim Burrell has the love, passion, and zeal that produces her riffs and runs. You feel every note she sings she pulls you into praise and worship.

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

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

17 Mahalia Jackson

Mahalia was given the title "The World's Greatest Gospel Singer." I think this title is a higher honor than the queen of gospel. She was responsible for taking gospel music beyond the church to the concert halls. She was star quality. Her voice was unique, she could soar to high notes and drop to low notes in one breath. She would often clamped her hands together, take deep breaths, and make facial expressions whenever singing a soul stirring hymn. Mahalia drew all races to her concerts.

I love listening to Mahalia Jackson. I grew up in my grandmothers household listening to her almost everyday. I wish there were still traditional gospels singers. My God that woman had a beautiful voice and made me fall in love with traditional gospel music. I don't like contemporary or inspirational gospel it doesn't sound Christian. Or should I say good to my soul. Thank you jesus for wonderful gospel singers like her I wish the old time way of gospel would come back

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.

L personally find some difficulty in calling mahalia's music gospel or at least limiting it to that genre only, her music is so spiritual, its godly, heavenly, you can only think of what shes singing about compared to how she sings as how it is with the rest of the singers. She just knocks you out especially that she also tries to live up to what she preaches

18 Paul Wilbur

One of best classic gospel.. Great of all kind

The best Messianic worship leader ever.

19 Jason Crabb

I mean, who doesn't like that Jason Crabb rasp? Jason Crabb has a God-given voice. He could sing any genre of music. I think he's one of the best artists in Christian Music.

The ministry of Jason through his music is unparalleled, his voice is incredible. he is a godly man with a voice given to him by God. Many have been touched through him by Christ.

When I am down and out I just put his CD in and I praise my LORD as I sing along. You can feel the spirit in his voice and action.

His songs touches everyone from through the fire to please forgive me he shows God's true love

20 Isaac Joe

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

21 Michael W. Smith

Michael W Smith is so amazing, I can't even decide which Gospel singer should be after David Phelps. But I have to say, Michael W Smith is my favorite male Gospel Singer of all time, he should be after David Phelps or even in the top 5. I've been listening to him since I was younger and I really enjoy his music. Also, why isn't Tori Kelly on this list? Just listen to her album, Hiding Place, it's so good! I love everyone who are on this list, because I love all the Gospel singers! Wait, I just took in? Where's Francesca Battistelli? I almost forgot, I listen to her too!
Michael W Smith is a man of God himself. He's a very blessed singer, and his songs really got me so happy! I love him so much, he's so amazing and so is God! GOD IS FIRST AND WILL ALWAYS BE!
I love all his songs. My favorite songs by him are Awesome God, You Won't Let Go, Majesty, A New Halleluiah, Hang On (Remix), Amazing Grace, A Million Lights, Sovering Over Us, The One That Really Matters, Christ Be All ...more

Michael W. Smith is byfar the BEST! Just listen to his amazing voice and his songs, You Won't Let Go, Awesome God (Because God is AWESOME), New Halleluiah, Hang On (Remix),

I got a collection of 2500 plus songs of different gospel artist, Michael W. Smith's only album was all it took for me to listen to all 2500 plus songs..., Delirious? Is the only one that came close to (St') Michael W. Smith. A friend who gave me this songs, turned me to gospel music but Smith turned me back to God. Thanks Bro.

The best gospel singer I have ever seen in my entire life. May God bless him and may God continue to use him in a very mighty way. Love you Smith

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Elvis was the greatest gospel singer ever, amazing grace, somebody bigger than you and I. Nobody sings gospel as good as this man.

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

23 Darlene Zschech

She's the great leader and the best songs writer and inspiration singer filled with the power of God. I love her may the Lord blessed her and her family In JESUS name.

Greatest worship artist! She brings in the Lords's presence when worshipping!

This woman is the female Hillsong, xo powerful, powerful ministration, a revivalist

Darlene zschech songs inspire the soul like let it reign

24 Vestal 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!

Not top ten? Go back and rethink this please... You need to listen to this lady sing "I'd do it all over again"... And "Searching for the city"... She is an icon

Love Vestal. When she sang Gospel songs tears would run down her face like the Holy Spirit really took over. Amen

Most sincere sounding and ungimmicked voice no jazzy accompanying or overdramatizing

25 Isreal 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.

My favorite kinda music, fresh, and just makes you wanna worship the KIng.

He is REALLY a good singer. May God bless him and his family.

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