Top 10 Best 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.

David Phelps is #1, the best, no one can compare to David. He is the #1, the best of the Top 10 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!

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.

As a classically trained singer, I had trouble interesting myself in gospel music because the artists in the secular genres seemed so superior. Then I found David Phelps on Gaither T.V...and I became his #1 fan. Maybe not, but I like to think so! One of the first songs I heard him sing was "No More Night", and I remember being astonished by his vocal control. But the first song I ever heard him sing was "Nessun Dorma," and I remember before he'd even finished the first line I said: "His voice is perfect." That opinion has only been reenforced since then. David is incredible--such a gift from God! If I had half his talent and half his love for God I would consider myself the most blessed person on earth. David took my life from spiritually dead to thriving. I am forever thankful to him and the Lord for his heavenly voice and passion.

Recently in a concert, I had the opportunity to do a meet and greet with David. He simply amazed me at how genuine he really is, took the time to look the person who asked each question in the eye while finding where they were within the two rows of the auditorium. He not only stayed to answer each written question, but also answered any question that we couldn't think of at the time that we were asked to write them down. This is not only unusual, but he is so very down to earth despite all of his success and talent that it was very refreshing!

2 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 ...more

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 Spangled Banner" quite like Sandy! All three of my children have grown up hearing her music. I even took my youngest daughter and her schoolmate 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 spiritually 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!

I first heard Sandi when I was a kid and she was singing with her family. I got her autograph after the show, but was way more interested in her cute brother's. My favorite of her concerts was in Oklahoma City after the Bombing in 1995. I was a disaster responder from Indiana and had been there for several weeks. I was exhausted, and beyond that, I was pretty much spent. When she said, "You are so very loved, " I felt it in my Spirit and have never forgotten the words or the feeling. And then there's her voice.

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.

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 manifests.

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.

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 that he was tired too! He is not only extremely talented, but he is also very very humble. That's rare in people today.

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 lifestyle is worshiping God always. I think for Gospel, Don Moen is connected. He might not be interested in all these slurs... Effects and all that, but he can take you to God's (this is top ten spirits anointed).

This great man is blessed beyond understanding with his God given gift which he surely uses to bless lives all around the world. If there is a gospel musician I have chosen to meet in my lifetime, it would surely be Don Moen on top of the list.

He is the greatest of time
The man I would love to meet before I'm out of this world
I am always motivated, encouraged, filled, strengthened and when I listen to his songs

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.

The greatest in the world.

Great singer, powerful.

7 Yolanda 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

I feel she outsings anyone who sings besides her. Heavenly voice. I wish I could see her perform in person on day soon. God has truly blessed her and her voice.

8 Steve Green

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

Should be #1 on this list!

9 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!

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.

Donnie sings with passion - a knowing of what he's been through and a real passion for Christ. His songs are touching... The real critique*

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

'Indescribable' is one of the greatest gospel songs I've ever heard, and Chris sings it from the depth of his soul!

The Contenders
11 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.

12 Ron Kenoly

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

Definitely top 5. Uplifting music

Anointed and powerful

This man is powerful

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!

15 Carman Licciardello

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

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.

Kims riffs are crazy and she mixes it up with the meat of the word... You can't be a gospel singer if you don't know God

The only voice that rivals Kim's is Whitney's. That's it, period!

17 Paul Wilbur

One of best classic gospel.. Great of all kind

The best Messianic worship leader ever.

18 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.

Absolutely, bar none, the world's greatest Gospel singer of all time. Past, present and future. It's not enough just to be a great singer, you also have to walk the walk and that she did! She has influenced generations and was there when Martin Luther King called her to duty. She was loved all over the world and still is today.

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.

So amazing and talented! Always loved Jason Crabb, and always will!

20 Isaac Joe

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

21 Michael W. Smith

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.

Michael W Smith- one of my favorite male singers but my favorite male singer of all time. He has a God-given voice, amazing piano and guitar talent. I love, like SO many of his songs but here are my top favorites:
1. You Won't Let Go
2. Heaven Come Down
3. You Are The Fire
4. All Arise
5. Hide Myself
6. Grace
7. Above All
8. Sky Spills Over
9. The Same Power
10. Hang On (Remix)
11. A Million Lights
12. How To Say Goodbye (this one I almost burst into tears)
13. A New Halleluiah
14. Surrounded/Fight My Battles
15. Healing Rain
16: Awesome God

I really love Michael W . Smith and I really love all of his songs like Healing Rain, Here I am , Bridge Under troubled Waters , Hang on . Michael W Smith is so handsome and very cute and I am a big Michael W . Smith Fan

He should be on number one position. This is the man God gave to world to spread the word through singing. His talent can not be matched.

22 Elvis Presley Elvis Aaron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977) was an American singer and actor. Dubbed the "King of Rock and Roll", he is regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century. His energized interpretations of songs and sexually provocative performance style, combined with a singularly potent mix of influences across color lines during a transformative era in race relations, led him to both great success and initial controversy. more.

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...

I wouldn't consider Elvis to be a gospel singer. Most of his songs were copies of other artist and when it come to gospel your songs come from the heart and have soul. No offense, but True.

Elvis was my most favorite gospel singer. He sang from his heart and gave a message that could have come from no one but God. I get emotional every time I hear one of his gospel songs.

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!

Beautiful voice. Her song "Victors Crown" is inspiring...

You are a great woman of God.

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

She was not good at all. One of the worst female singers I ever heard.

25 Israel Houghton

I just cannot get Again I Say Rejoice out of my head. It's literally his best song ever and it makes you want to party in a concert with millions of people

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.

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

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