Here some of the most influential gospel artists of all time.
1. Bebe & Cece Winans – The Winans are composed of a brother and sister duo and has earned their way to the top of the gospel as well the R&B charts. They produced numerous hits and awards including Grammy’s, Dove, Soul Train, NAACP Image Awards.
This best-selling duo was recognized as the first gospel act to be promoted as a mainstream act. This even sparked an issue on secularizing gospel music. Cece became an influential figure in starting the gospel worship movement.
They are the children of Mom and Pop Winans and have other siblings who have also established their own gospel music careers.
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Mahalia Jackson – Jackson is an African-American gospel singer and is proclaimed as the “Queen of Gospel.” She is considered as one of the most influential gospel singers and is popular not nly in the US but all over the world. Jackson is also a civil rights activist.
She recorded 30 albums with several gold albums that sold millions. In fact, Jackson was the first gospel artist to sell one million copies. She received numerous Grammy’s including three Grammy Hall of Fame Awards and other prestigious honors.
4. Clara Ward & The Ward Singers – Ward achieved huge success as the leader of the Ward Singers. As a talented singer and musical arranger, she used a lead-switching style to create spontaneous performances by highlighting each group member.
They earned the first gold single by a gospel group during the golden age of gospel. The group also became the first gospel act to perform in Las Vegas.
5. Thomas Dorsey – Dorsey is highly recognized as the “Father of Gospel Music.” He designed the structure of gospel music by mixing Christian messages with jazz and blues. Dorsey also established the first gospel publishing company as well as co-founded the National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Choruses.
Dorsey influenced both African-American and white artists.
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