Top US Black Gospel Artists

Written by Kim Jones

First published 12 December 2017

Black Gospel delivers an urban flare and an R&B flavor with lyrics that lift you up and get you on your feet. From choirs and ensembles to solo artists, gospel has it all.

Hezekiah Walker

Bishop Hezekiah Walker is the founder and Senior Pastor of the Love Fellowship Tabernacle church (LFC) with locations in Brooklyn, NY, Bensalem, PA, Long Island, NY, Lilburn, GA and Columbia, SC.

Since 2010, he has held the position of Presiding Prelate of the Pentecostal Churches of Jesus Christ.

Hezekiah Walker Discography:

  • Azusa: The Next Generation, 2013
  • Souled Out, 2008 
  • 20/85 The Experience, 2005 
  • Family Affair II: Live at Radio City Music Hall, 2002
  • LFT Church Choir – Love Is Live: at Love Fellowship Tabernacle; Hezekiah Walker, Pastor, 2001
  • Family Affair, 1999 
  • Pastor Hezekiah Walker Presents The LFT Church Choir – Recorded “Live” at Love Fellowship Tabernacle, 1998
  • Live In London at Wembley, 1997 
  • Live In New York – By Any Means Necessary, 1995 
  • Live in Atlanta at Morehouse College, 1994 
  • Live In Toronto, 1993
  • Focus On Glory, 1992
  • Oh Lord We Praise You, 1990
  • I’ll Make It, 1987

Hezekiah Walker Starter Songs:

  • “Wait on God” 
  • “Glad to Be Alive” 
  • “I’ll Be Satisfied” 
  • “Power Belongs to God” 
  • “Jehovah Reigns” 

Mary Mary

Sisters Erica and Tina Atkins make up the duo known to the world as Mary Mary. These ladies have won awards from BET, the Doves, the Grammys, the NAACP, Soul Train and the Stellars.

Taking a break hasn’t slowed down their fan base at all, and with Erica doing solo work, we’ve still got something to hold on to!

Mary Mary Discography:

  • Go Get It, 2012 
  • Something Big, 2011 
  • The Sound, 2008 
  • Mary Mary Christmas, 2006 
  • Mary Mary, 2005
  • Incredible, 2002
  • Thankful, 2000 

Erica Campbell Discography:

  • Help 2.0, 2015 
  • Help, 2014 

Mary Mary Starter Songs:

  • “Get Up” 
  • “The Sound”
  • “Catch Me” 
  • “Thankful” 
  • “Something Big” 

Donald Lawrence

Grammy Award-winning producer, composer and recording artist Donald Lawrence has spent the past 20 years giving us music to love.

He’s been the driving force behind the Tri-City Singers (made up of singers from the Carolina cities of Charlotte, Gastonia and Spartanburg) and The Co.

Donald Lawrence Discography:

Donald Lawrence

  • Best for Last (20 Year Celebration Vol. 1 

Donald Lawrence & Co.

  • YRM (Your Righteous Mind), 2011 
  • The Law of Confession: Part I, 2009
  • I Speak Life, 2004 

Donald Lawrence & The Tri-City Singers

  • Hello Christmas, 2010 
  • The Grand Finale, 2007
  • Finale Act I, 2006 
  • Finale Act II, 2006 
  • Go Get Your Life Back, 2002 
  • Bible Stories, 1995 
  • A Songwriter’s Point of View, 1993 

Donald Lawrence Starter Songs:

  • “Back II Eden” 
  • “Beautiful Feet” 
  • “The Best Is Yet To Come” 
  • “Bless Me” 
  • “The Gift” 

Kirk Franklin

Since 1993, the name Kirk Franklin has been synonymous with Urban Gospel music. He has won 3 Grammy Awards, 14 Doves, 33 Stellars and 3 NAACP Image Awards.

Kirk Franklin Discography:

  • Losing My Religion, 2015
  • Hello Fear, 2011
  • The Fight Of My Life, 2007 
  • Hero, 2005
  • The Rebirth of Kirk Franklin, 2002
  • Kirk Franklin Presents 1NC, 2000
  • The Nu Nation Project, 1998
  • God’s Property, 1997
  • Kirk Franklin and The Family – Christmas, 1995
  • Whatcha Lookin’ 4, 1995
  • Kirk Franklin and The Family, 1993

Kirk Franklin Starter Songs:

  • “Hello Fear”
  • “Why We Sing”
  • “Help Me Believe” 
  • “He Can Handle It” 
  • “Chains” 

James Fortune and FIYA 

We first heard James Fortune & FIYA in 2005 when You Survived hit stores and saw the lead single and title track shoot all the way to #2 on the R&B Gospel singles chart.

James Fortune & FIYA Discography:

  • Live Through It, 2014 
  • Grace Gift, 2012 
  • Identity, 2012 
  • I Believe: Live, 2010 
  • Encore, 2010 
  • The Transformation, 2007 
  • You Survived, 2005 

James Fortune & FIYA Starter Songs:

  • “Identity” 
  • “Follow You” 
  • “I Wouldn’t Know You” 
  • “Praise Anthem (remix)” 
  • “Let Your Power Fall”

Earnest Pugh

With a five-octave vocal range, Earnest Pugh is a powerhouse singer. He’s appeared on networks like the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) and Black Entertainment Television (BET) as well as on stage, acting in major plays such as “Love the One You’re With,” “Secret Lover” (Michael Matthews), “Crazy Love” (D’Atra Hicks) and “Real Men Pray” (Angela Barrow and Lizzie Berry).

Earnest Pugh Discography:

  • Hidden Treasures, 2015
  • Just Worship, 2014 
  • The W.I.N. (Worship in Nassau) Experience, 2013 
  • The E Factor, 2012 
  • Earnestly Yours, 2011 
  • Rain on Us, 2009 
  • A Worshipper’s Perspective, 2006 
  • Seasons Change, 2005

Earnest Pugh Starter Songs:

  • “We Praise You” 
  • “I Need Your Glory” 
  • “He Already Knows” 
  • “If You Never”
  • “Everybody Lift Him” 

Fred Hammond

Fred Hammond has spent the past 25 years immersed in Gospel music. As a solo artist, founder of the urban group, Commissioned, and genius behind Radical for Christ, he has sold over 7 million albums and won multiple BET, Dove, Grammy, Image, N.A.A.C.P., Stellar, and GMWA Excellence Awards.

Fred Hammond Discography:

  • I Will Trust, 2014 
  • United Tenors, 2013 
  • God, Love and Romance, 2012 
  • Life in the Word, 2010 (various) 
  • Love Unstoppable, 2009 
  • Free to Worship, 2006 
  • Somethin’ ‘Bout Love, 2004 
  • Speak Those Things: POL Chapter 3 (with Love Fellowship Crusade Choir), 2002 
  • Christmas…Just Remember, 2001 
  • In Case You Missed It…And Then Some, 2001
  • Purpose by Design (with Radical for Christ), 2000 
  • Pages of Life: Chapters 1 & 2 (with Radical for Christ), 1998
  • The Spirit of David, 1996 
  • The Inner Court, 1995 
  • Deliverance, 1993 
  • I Am Persuaded, 1991 

Fred Hammond Starter Songs:

  • “Jesus Be a Fence Around Me” 
  • “Glory To Glory To Glory” 
  • “They That Wait” 
  • “Jesus Is All (Intro)” 
  • “I Am Persuaded” 

J Moss 

Singer/songwriter/producer J Moss was signed by Island/Def Jam Records at the same time his cousin, Karen Clark-Sheard, was. Her success led him to launch PAJAM Productions, which contributed to projects from both major Gospel and secular artists.

J Moss Discography:

  • V4…The Other Side of Victory, 2012 
  • Remixed, Rare & Unreleashed, 2010 
  • Just James, 2009 
  • V2…, 2006 
  • J. Moss Project, 2004 

J Moss Starter Songs:

  • “Sweet Jesus” 
  • “Rebuild (Remix)” 
  • “Operator (Remix)” 
  • “So Into You” 
  • “We Must Praise” 

William McDowell

The lead pastor at Deeper Fellowship Church in Orlando, Florida has shared his music on tour in over 30 countries around the world.

William McDowell Discography:

  • Withholding Nothing, 2013 
  • Arise, 2011
  • As We Worship Live, 2009

William McDowell Starter Songs:

  • “Closer/Wrap Me In Your Arms” 
  • “I Won’t Go Back” 
  • “Overcomer” 
  • “When I Call Your Name” 
  • “Withholding Nothing Medley (Live)”

Sourced from learnreligions.com

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