List of Famous Gospel Singers - Biographies, Timelines, Trivia & Life History

Gospel Singers

Gospel Singers are some of the most amazing people, who possess a wonderful talent of conveying their stories to everyone, through delightful musical performances and an incredibly expressive voice. Gospel singing has always fascinated everyone with the way it communicates from one person to other, the themes of love, or peace, or desire to be a better person. It is considered to be a rich musical heritage, a genre of Christian music. Apart from proper breathing and dynamics in this form of singing, it is essential that a story must be told in a way that really captures the listener’s imagination. Sandy Patty, Whitney Houston, David Phelps, Keith Green are some of the astounding performers who have enriched the world with the purity and benevolence of gospel singing. It is about expressing your beliefs and sharing your story with the world in a musical way that brings joy to everyone. In simple words, it can be described as a delightful and uplifting experience for everyone. Gospel singers create a beautiful ambience of simplicity and togetherness, a celebration of respect and attachment among people. This section gives you information about the life and works of various gospel singers from all over the world.

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 1 Mary J. Blige

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 11, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

Mary J. Blige is a popular singer-songwriter and actress. Having sold 80 million records worldwide, she is one of the best-selling female artists of all time. Referred to as the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul, Mary is credited with influencing the fusion of R&B and hip hop. She often gets featured in lists like The 100 Greatest Women in Music.

 2 Sam Cooke

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 22, 1931
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: December 11, 1964
The King of Soul Sam Cooke is best remembered for his hits A Change is Gonna Come, You Send Me, and Wonderful World. He began singing gospel as a child and later joined The Soul Stirrers. He was shot and killed by a motel manager in Los Angeles. 

 3 Alan Jackson

Alan Jackson
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Famous As: Gospel Musician
Birthdate: October 17, 1958
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

Singer and songwriter Alan Jackson is famous for popularizing the “neotraditional country” genre of music that has elements of traditional honky-tonk and mainstream country-pop sounds. Having sold over 75 million records worldwide, he is one of the best-selling music artists of all-time. In 2017, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

 4 Donna Douglas

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 26, 1932
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: January 1, 2015
Donna Douglas is best known as Elly May Clampett from the sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies. After retiring from acting, she juggled with a number of careers, becoming a real-estate agent, a motivational speaker, and a gospel singer. She has also written a Bible-themed children’s book and a cookbook.

 5 Jeremy Camp

Jeremy Camp
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Famous As: Singer, Musician
Birthdate: January 12, 1978
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 6 Israel Houghton

Israel Houghton
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 19, 1971
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Christian music singer Israel Houghton has won four Grammys for his traditional and contemporary gospel albums. He works with his backing band New Breed, and his albums are credited to Israel & New Breed. He has also been a worship leader for Champions for Christ and Promise Keepers.
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 7 Mahalia Jackson

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Famous As: Singer, Television Personality
Birthdate: October 26, 1911
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: January 27, 1972

Mahalia Jackson was an American singer. During her career, which spanned four decades, Jackson played a major role in popularizing gospel blues in black churches across the United States. Regarded as one of the 20th century's most influential vocalists, Mahalia Jackson is credited with inspiring rock and roll, rhythm and blues, and soul singing styles.

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 8 Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Sister Rosetta Tharpe
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 20, 1915
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: October 9, 1973
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 9 Carlton Pearson

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Famous As: Christian minister
Birthdate: March 19, 1953
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 10 Lou Rawls

Lou Rawls
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 1, 1933
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: January 6, 2006

 11 Dee Dee Warwick

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 25, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: October 18, 2008

 12 Betty Wright

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: December 21, 1953
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
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 13 Merry Clayton

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 25, 1948
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 14 Rich Mullins

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Famous As: Singer, Musician, Composer
Birthdate: October 21, 1955
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: September 19, 1997
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 15 Yolanda Adams

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Famous As: Gospel singer
Birthdate: August 27, 1961
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 16 MC Hammer

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Famous As: Hip-Hop Artist
Birthdate: March 30, 1962
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Rap legend MC Hammer, a pioneer of the pop-rap genre, became the first hip-hop artist to earn the “diamond” status. He is also known for his chartbusting tracks such as U Can't Touch This and his signature "Hammer pants." He later became a preacher and hosted his own reality show.
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 17 Heather Headley

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 5, 1974
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Trinidadian, American

 18 CeCe Winans

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Famous As: Musician, Singer
Birthdate: October 8, 1964
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
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 19 Carman

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 19, 1956
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 20 Kelly Price

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 4, 1973
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
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 21 Darlene Zschech

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Singer
Birthdate: September 8, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Australian

 22 Angie Stone

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: December 18, 1961
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 23 Joy Williams

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Famous As: singer-songwriter, composer, guitarist, singer, pianist
Birthdate: November 14, 1982
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 24 Rodney Jerkins

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Famous As: Record producer
Birthdate: July 29, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
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 25 Gloria Jones

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: October 19, 1945
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: June 9, 2006

 26 Frankie Laine

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 30, 1913
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: February 6, 2007
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 27 Deniece Williams

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 3, 1950
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 28 Cleotha Staples

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 11, 1934
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: February 21, 2013

 29 Percy Sledge

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 25, 1941
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: April 14, 2015

 30 Musiq Soulchild

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: September 16, 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 31 Roy Acuff

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: September 15, 1903
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: November 23, 1992

 32 Shirley Caesar

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 13, 1938
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 33 Rebecca St. James

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Famous As: Film actor, Singer-songwriter, Singer, Actor, Composer
Birthdate: July 26, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Australian

 34 Eddy Arnold

Eddy Arnold
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: May 15, 1918
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: May 8, 2008

 35 BeBe Winans

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: September 17, 1962
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 36 Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 8, 1935
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: August 16, 1977
The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, winner of 3 Grammys, and pioneer of the Pelvis move, Elvis Presley was a musical phenomenon of the 20th century. Known for his humbleness, love for God and devotion to his country, Presley had numerous gold, platinum and multi-platinum records to his credit, including 18 number 1 hits and 38 top ten hits.

 37 Shirley Jones

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 31, 1934
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 38 Randy Travis

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Famous As: Country & Gospel Singer
Birthdate: May 4, 1959
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
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 39 Cynthia Erivo

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 8, 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British

 40 George Jones

George Jones
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: September 12, 1931
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: April 26, 2013

 41 Vic Mignogna

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 27, 1962
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 42 Brenda Lee

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 11, 1944
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 43 Della Reese

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Famous As: Singer, Actress
Birthdate: July 6, 1931
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: November 19, 2017
Jazz and gospel singer and actor Della Reese, who was also an ordained minister, gained fame with tracks such as Don't You Know? and Some of her best-known films were Harlem Nights and A Thin Line Between Love and Hate. She played Tess in the series Touched by an Angel

 44 Emeli Sandé

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: March 10, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British

 45 Nathaniel Rateliff

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: October 7, 1978
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 46 TobyMac

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Famous As: Hip-hop Artist
Birthdate: October 22, 1964
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 47 Cissy Houston

Cissy Houston
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Famous As: Gospel Singers
Birthdate: September 30, 1933
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 48 Anita Bryant

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 25, 1940
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 49 Michael W. Smith

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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter, Composer, Musician, Actor, Pianist
Birthdate: October 7, 1957
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 50 Josh Turner

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 20, 1977
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American