Top 20 black female gospel singers & bands in the world
Table of Contents
- T1. Tasha Cobbs
- 2. Karen sheard
- 3. Jekalyn Carr
- 4. Kierra Sheard
- 5. Koryn Hawthorne
- 6. Maranda Curtis
- 7. Casey J
- 8. Beverly Crawford
- 9. Jessica Reedy
- 10. Anita Wilson
- 11. Kimberly Burrell
- 12. Yolanda Adams
- 13. Cece Winans
- 14. Tamela Mann
- 15. Erica Monique Campbell
- 16. Sinach
- 17. Dorinda
- 18. Tramaine Hawkins
- 19.Jamie Grace Harper
- 20. Vanessa Bell Armstrong
These popular black gospel singers thrill their fans and congregation with their interesting, heartwarming and strong voices. These passionate ladies have bought a booming emotion to the Gospel.
Here is a list of some of the best black women in the Gospel music frontal from the past to the present.
T1. Tasha Cobbs
The Gospel artist was born on the 7th of July, 1981 in Jesup, Georgia. She is a singer and songwriter who began her music career in Atlanta where she handled the family music ministry in her Father’s Church.
In 2006, she began her tour for three years with Pastor William H Murphy. In 2010, She released her album titled ‘smile’ with her own label named ‘Tasha Cobbs ministries Label’
She has released several songs such as Grace in 2012, One place live in 2015, heart passion, break every chain in 2013.
She has won several awards such as Grammy Awards for best gospel contemporary Christian music, GMA dove Awards. She is married to Kenneth Leonard, and she has 3 step kids.
Tacha cobbs is one of the top 20 black female gospel singers in the world with a net worth of US$1 million.
2. Karen sheard
She was born Karen Valencia Clark on the 15th of November, 1960. She is an award-winning singer and musician.
She started singing at age 7 with the contemporary gospel group called “the Clark sisters”. In 1997, Karen released a song titled ” Finally Karen’ which was nominated for a Grammy Award.
She has released several songs and has won several awards. She is the mother Award-winning Gospel Artist ‘Kierra Sheard’
She is married to Bishop Drew Sheard and they have two children, Kierra and Drew.
Karen Sheard is one of the top 20 black female gospel singers in the world with a net worth of US$10 Million.
3. Jekalyn Carr
Jekalyn Carr was born as Jekalyn Almonique Carr on the 22nd of April, 1997 in Memphis, TN.
She is an Author, Actor, Singer, Songwriter, and Speaker. In 2012, She released a song titled “Greater is coming’ which was released by the Malaco Music Group in conjunction with Lungeal Music and the song was a high success.
The young multitalented singer has a net worth of US$1 Million. She has a sister and a brother, Allen and Allundria Carr.
As of 2021, she is reportedly not in a relationship.
4. Kierra Sheard
Kierra Sheard born as Kierra Valencia Sheard on the 20th of June, 1987 in Michigan, US.
She is an award-winning singer, fashion designer, and radio host. She is one of the top 20 black female gospel singers in the world
She is the daughter of prominent Gospel Artist Karen Clark Sheard.
Karen grew up in a musical family with her grandma ‘Mattie Moss Clark’ an influential and respected choral director and her mom, Karen a gospel vocalist.
In 2004, Karen released a single titled ‘I owe you’ and it was a huge success, it topped number 4 on Gospel album chart and number 29 on R&B hip hop chart.
She has released several songs and has also played roles in some movies like the Preacher’s kid and Blessed and Cursed.
In 2006, she released her second album that topped No 1 on the Billboard Gospel Chart. She is an award-winning Gospel artist with a net worth of US$10 Million.
She was formerly engaged to Pastor Welton Smith but the relationship ended with the reasons unknown as it was kept confidential.
As of 2021, Kierra is single.
5. Koryn Hawthorne
Koryn Hawthorne was born Koryn Mattanah Hawthorne on the 20th of December 199 in Abbeville, Louisiana, U.S
She is an award-winning Gospel artist and among the top 20 popular black female gospel singers with a net worth of $US36 Million.
She started singing at a very young age, she competed with other kids at age 9 when she joined a group called ‘Louisiana kids’.
On the 16th of May, 2016, she graduated from the Lighthouse Christian Preparatory high School in Abbeville.
On the 11th of August, 2017, Koryn released her four-track EP that attracted prominent and award-winning producers Warryn Campbell, Makeba Riddick, etc.
With the EP album, she has won two Stellar Gospel awards, one for New Artist of the year and Contemporary female vocalist of the year in 2016.
In 2018, she released a full-length Debut titled “won’t he do it’ and ‘unstoppable’ with ‘won’t he do it’ topping number 1 on the Billboard three main gospel chart and ‘Unspeakable’ topping number 1 on the top gospel albums.
She is said to be the first woman to top four charts simultaneously and the longest number 1 female artist holder on the Billboard Hot Gospel Songs Chart.
As of 2021, Horyn is single.
6. Maranda Curtis
Maranda Curtis is born as Maranda Curtis Willis, on the 4th of August, 1979 in Miami, Florida, U.S.A.
She is a praise and worship leader with a net worth of US$1 Million. She had a flair for music since she was a child. In 2012, she released her debut single titled “don’t take your love”.
1n 2017, she released another debut EP titled ” the Maranda experience vol 1″ which ranked number one on Billboard’s Gospel chart, August 2017.
In 2018, she had her concert album ‘open heaven’ ‘the Maranda life experience’. She was nominated for seven stellar awards but won none.
She was married to Pastor Jamil Willis in 2010 and they were divorced in 2016.
7. Casey J
Casey Hobbs was born on the 29th of June 1986 as Casey Janice Hobbs in Atlanta, Georgia.
She started singing at an early age, she sang with the Atlanta young singers of Callanwolde when she was age 12 till she left for the University of Georgia.
Apart from singing, Casey is a math teacher at Georgia Connections Academy Charter School in Duhith, Georgia.
She was also a worship leader at first start church in Duluth, Georgia. In 2015 ‘fill me up’ a song from the collection of her freshman project was a huge success ranking high on several national charts.
In 2016, her song ‘I am yours’ was a huge success which won her a Stellar Award for new artist of the year.
She has released several songs such as ‘the gathering’ which was a huge success in 2019.
The details about her net worth and the question about who she is married to or in a relationship with are not known as it is kept secret.
8. Beverly Crawford
Beverly Crawford was born Beverly Renae Camps on the 31st of August, 1963. She is a gospel singer and a pastor with a net worth of US$59 Million.
She started singing as far back as when she was 3 years of age with her sisters.
In 2007, she released an album titled ‘life from Los Angeles’ and the song ‘He is done enough’ was on the top list of several charts for years.
She was nominated for Grammy Awards once and has won several awards including Stellar Music Awards.
She got married to Todd Crawford in 1982 and they have two children.
9. Jessica Reedy
Jessica Reedy was born Jessica Lee Reedy on the 12th of July, 1998 in Saginaw, Michigan, United States.
She is an award-winning gospel artist with a net worth of US$3 Million, She came to limelight in 2009 as the first runner up in the BET’s Gospel singing competition.
On the 27th of September, 2011 Reedy released her debut album titled ‘From the Heart’ which ranked Number 1 on the Billboard Gospel Album Chart.
In 2014, she released another album titled ‘Transparent’ which ranked 5th on the Billboard Gospel Album chart.
She has won several awards. She had a child at age 19. She is currently not in a relationship.
10. Anita Wilson
Anita Wilson was born on the 19th of June, 1976 as Anita M Wilson. She is one of the most popular black female artists in the world with a net worth of US$109 Million.
She started out as a professional back up singer for Renowned Gospel artist ‘Donald Lawrence’ for 10 years, after which she released her first album titled ‘Worship’ in 2012.
She released her second single titled ‘that’s what he has done for me’ in 2014.
And her second album titled ‘vintage worship’ was nominated for Grammy awards in 2015.
She has been nominated for Grammy awards and has won several awards.
She got married to Music producer ‘Rick Robinson’ in 2017.
11. Kimberly Burrell
Kimberly Burrell is a black female gospel singer, born on the 26th of August, 1972.
She is a renowned gospel artist, a pianist with a net worth of $5million.
In 1995 Kim released her first Album titled “try me again”.
Kim released another album “everlasting life” in 1999 which ended up in number 10 of the Billboard gospel chart.
On the 7th of April 2009, she released her first studio album titled ” no ways tired”.
In 2016 Kim was accused of preaching against homosexuality which she didn’t deny but responded with “I love you and God loves you but he hates the sin in you and me”.
Kim has won numerous awards including the 2000 and 2012 Stellar Awards, Gospel music excellence awards and Dove Awards.
Kim is happily married to Joseph Wiley with a son.
12. Yolanda Adams
Yolanda Adams, born on the 27th of August, 1961, is a gospel musician, actress, and radio presenter with a net worth of $8million as of January 2021.
In December 2009 Yolanda was the no 1 Gospel artist of the last decade by a billboard.
In 1999 Yolanda breakthrough came when she released her Album titled ‘mountain high, valley’s low’ which earned her a Grammy Award.
Yolanda released ‘experience the life’ Album was released in 2001 which got her another Grammy Awards.
In 2018 Adams was inaugurated into Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. Yolanda is a divorcee with one daughter from her marriage with Tim Crawford former NFL player.
13. Cece Winans
Born as Priscilla Maria Winans, born on October the 8th of October,1964. She is a gospel singer with a net worth of $8million. Cece is a successful gospel musician with 12 Grammy Award, 23 Dove Award and 15 Stellar Award to her name.
In 2015 she became the best selling Gospel female artist of all time. Cece song “Mercy said no” received global recognition.
Cece is married to Alvin Love with two children. Cece and her husband are both pastors in a church.
14. Tamela Mann
Tamela Mann, born 9th of June,1966 is a prolific gospel singer and actress.
Tamela song “take me to the king” from her album “Best Days” earned a nomination spot at the Grammy award for best gospel/contemporary Christian performance.
In 2014 Tamela won the Stella Award for “best female Artist of the year” and also the BET Awards for “best gospel artist”.
Tamela has played in several roles in Tyler Perry movies like ‘meet the browns’ and ‘what’s done in the dark’. Tamela is married to David Mann with two children and two step-children from David’s former relationship.
15. Erica Monique Campbell
Erica, born on the 29th of April,1972 is a well-applauded gospel and contemporary R and B singer with a net worth of $10 million. Campbell won the best Gospel album in the 57th Grammy Award.
Campbell has won multiple awards which include four Grammy Awards, 3 NAACP Image Award, A soul train awards, and a BET award.
Campbell’s Album ‘help’ was released in2014, the album ended up becoming her breakthrough song earning her top spot in the top Gospel album and 6th spot in the Billboard magazine.
Campbell is married to Warryn Campbell with three kids.
Sinach born as Osinachi Joseph and popularly known as Sinach is one of the top 20 popular black female singers in the world from West Africa, Nigeria precisely.
She was born on the 30th of March,1973. She is a gospel musician and a songwriter of Nigerian nationality.
She is also a leader in the ‘love world’ church. Sinach has been estimated to have a net worth of $1million.
Sinach songs like ‘way maker’ and ‘I know who I am’ received global recognition. Sinach was inaugurated into Bethlehem hall of fame in 2017 joining influential figures like Dwayne johnson.
In 2016 Sinach became the first to win the LIMA songwriter of the decade award, she also won the groove award for west African Artist of the year.
Sinach has won several awards and written over 150 songs. She is married to Mr. Joseph Egbu with and they have a beautiful child.
Dorinda -Clark Cole is another Gospel gem. She was born on born 19th of October,1957. She is a gospel musician, evangelist, and songwriter.
Dorinda released her first solo album in 2002 which won two Stellar Awards and soul train awards for best female Gospel Artists.
Dorinda’s second album ‘the rose of the gospel’ won the Grammy nomination for best traditional soul Gospel Album but won the best female artist of the year in 2007 and 2009 stellar award.
Dorinda has won several awards including three Grammy awards, 2 best traditional gospel album, best gospel performance.
Dorinda is also an evangelist who has been evangelizing the Gospel for 20years. Dorinda is married to Gregory Cole with 2 children she also has 2 grandchildren.
18. Tramaine Hawkins
Tremaine, born on the 11th of October,1951 is an American gospel songstress with lots of awards under belt: two Grammy awards and 19 stellar awards. Hawkins won her First Grammy award in 1985 when she sang in “The Lord prayer” in 1981.
In 1991 Hawkins also won a Grammy award for best traditional soul Gospel album. Hawkins has been inaugurated into the gospel hall of fame for being outstanding.
She is one of the gospel artists to sign with Columbia records. She has won 2 Grammy Awards,2 Stellar Awards and a James Cleveland Achievement Award.
Hawkins is married to Tommy Richardson and she has two children from her previous marriage to Walter Hawk ins.
Hawkins is also a grandmother and stepmother to Tommy Richardson Son.
19.Jamie Grace Harper
Jamie Grace in an American musician, born on the 25th of November,1991 is a rapper and gospel song phenomenon.
Jamie’s song ‘hold me’ got her a nomination at the 2012 Grammy award but that same year Jamie won dove award for “the new artist of the year”.
Jamie was spotted by TobyMac on her YouTube channel where she uploaded her songs. Jamie first album one song at a time” was released September 20, 2011.
Jamie first single “hold me ” reached the no1 spot at CHR publicize Jesus freak hideout. Jamie is said to be suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder.
She is married to Aaron Collins with a lovely daughter.
20. Vanessa Bell Armstrong
Vanessa Bell Armstrong, born on the 2nd of October, 1953, is a well-received gospel songstress and worship leader.
Vanessa released her first album “peace be still” in 1983. In 1988 her Album “following Jesus” won the soul train music award for best gospel album.
She has also been nominated seven times for the Grammy award. In 2004, she won the lifetime achievement award.
Vanessa has received multiple awards including four Best gospel soul performance. Vanessa has five children.