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The Best '90s Southern Gospel Bands & Artists  

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List Rules Vote up the best Southern Gospel bands and artists that were active and releasing albums in the 1990s.

Southern gospel music has been around since the late 19th century, with family acts that carry on across generations. By the 1990s, the genre began to expand to include duos and soloists, bringing '90s southern gospel into a more modern sound.

Thanks to a mix of big families and individual singers striking it out on their own, a list of '90s southern gospel bands and artists has some overlap between entries. Vocalists like David Phelps have released their own solo albums but also are part of larger groups, like the Gaither Vocal Band. Many southern gospel artists, like Vestal Goodman, had already been making music for decades before the '90s, putting out work right alongside new acts like Greater Vision, which was founded in 1990. This mix of skills, styles, and talent made for a rich tapestry of gospel music in the '90s.

We've put together a list of some of the best '90s southern gospel bands and artists, but if there are any missing singers, quartets, or bands,  be sure to add them to the list and vote up the best southern gospel acts of the 1990s.

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Cathedral Quartet is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '90s Southern Gospel Bands & Artists
Faithful, A Reunion, The Best of Times
The Cathedral Quartet, often known as simply The Cathedrals, was an American southern gospel quartet that lasted from 1964 until their retirement in December 1999. The tenor and baritone ...more
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Gaither Vocal Band is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '90s Southern Gospel Bands & Artists
Lovin' Life, Reunited, Give It Away
The Gaither Vocal Band is an American southern gospel vocal group, named after its founder and leader Bill Gaither. As of February 2014, it consists of David Phelps, Wes Hampton, Adam Crabb, ...more
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The Perrys is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '90s Southern Gospel Bands & Artists
The Perrys Changed Forever
The Perrys are a professional Southern Gospel quartet based in Gallatin, TN. The group formed on December 25, 1970 with Randy Perry and his sisters Debbie and Libbi in Georgia. In the mid-80's, ...more
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The Crabb Family is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '90s Southern Gospel Bands & Artists
A Crabb Collection - Soundtracks
The Crabb Family is a southern gospel group originally from Beaver Dam, Kentucky. They have had sixteen No. 1 songs on the national radio charts.
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Gold City is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '90s Southern Gospel Bands & Artists
Are You Ready?, Preparing The Way, Super Southern Gospel: Gold City
Gold City is an American southern gospel quartet, based in Gadsden, Alabama.
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Greater Vision is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '90s Southern Gospel Bands & Artists
When I See the Cross, NOW: Spring 2005, Quartets
Greater Vision is a Southern Gospel trio founded in 1990 by Gerald Wolfe, Mark Trammell, and Chris Allman, and often accompanied by pianist Stan Whitmire. Over the last several years, this trio ...more
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The Hoppers is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '90s Southern Gospel Bands & Artists
The Hoppers Great Day
With humble beginnings as rural farm-boys, The Hoppers (originally known as the Hopper Brothers and Connie) were formed in 1957 by founding member and owner, Claude Hopper. The group, green in ...more
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The Talleys is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '90s Southern Gospel Bands & Artists
The Talleys are a progressive southern gospel group composed of Roger and Debra Talley, their daughter Lauren, and her husband Brian Alvey.
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Jason Crabb is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '90s Southern Gospel Bands & Artists
Jason Crabb, Because It's Christmas
Jason Crabb is a Christian music singer and musician. He has been the lead vocalist for the group The Crabb Family. Crabb was voted "Favorite Male Vocalist" at the first annual Harmony ...more
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The McKameys is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '90s Southern Gospel Bands & Artists
Sheltered
If there is one word that describes The McKameys, it would be sincere. Each member of this Southern Gospel singing group is sincere in their love for the Lord, sincere in their love for the ...more
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Karen Peck and New River is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '90s Southern Gospel Bands & Artists
Karen Peck and New River Turn It Loose, A Taste Of Grace, Hymns from the Heart
The name of multi Grammy nominated Karen Peck and New River has become synonymous with Southern Gospel Music. Karen's flawless, delightful soprano voice has made its way into the hearts of ...more
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The Martins is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '90s Southern Gospel Bands & Artists
GlorifyEdifyTestify, Light of World, Dream Big
The Martins are a Christian music vocal trio composed of three siblings: Joyce Martin Sanders, Jonathan Martin, and Judy Martin Hess.
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David Phelps is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '90s Southern Gospel Bands & Artists
The Voice, Journey to Grace, 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. He has also released several solo ...more
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Brian Free & Assurance is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '90s Southern Gospel Bands & Artists
Never Walk Alone, Real Faith, Christmas with Brian Free and Assurance
Brian Free & Assurance is a Southern Gospel group. Brian Free formed his own group in 1993 after performing with the Gold City Quartet from 1982-1993. After being formed, the group has ...more
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Squire Parsons is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '90s Southern Gospel Bands & Artists
Squire Parsons Silver Anniversary Collection, We Shall Get Home, Southern Gospel Soloists - Squire Parsons
Squire Enos Parsons, Jr., is a Southern Gospel singer and songwriter. He was born in Newton, West Virginia, to Squire and Maysel Parsons, and was introduced to music by his father, who was a ...more
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Booth Brothers is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '90s Southern Gospel Bands & Artists
Room For More
With their harmony-drenched vocals and warm, easy voices, the Booth Brothers have been sharing their faith and their music fulltime since 1998. These men get their musical influences from a wide ...more
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Vestal Goodman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '90s Southern Gospel Bands & Artists
Vestal and Friends
Vestal Goodman was a singer who performed in the Southern gospel genre for more than half a century. She is known both as a solo performer and as a member of The Happy Goodman Family—which ...more
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Statesmen quartet is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '90s Southern Gospel Bands & Artists
Hovie Lister & The Statesmen, The Statesmen with Hovie Lister, Taller Than Trees
The Statesmen Quartet was a southern gospel music group founded in 1948 by Hovie Lister. Along with the Blackwood Brothers, the Statesmen Quartet is considered the most successful and ...more
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The Imperials is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '90s Southern Gospel Bands & Artists
Free the Fire, One More Song for You, Stand by the Power
The Imperials are an American Christian music group that has been around for over 50 years. Originating as a southern gospel quartet, the innovative group would become pioneers of contemporary ...more
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The Isaacs is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '90s Southern Gospel Bands & Artists
The Isaacs Stand Still, Pieces of Our Past, Christmas
The Isaacs, a multi-award winning family group who began singing over thirty years ago and are based out of LaFollette, Tennessee (30 minutes north of Knoxville). The vocalists are Lily Isaacs, ...more
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The Oak Ridge Boys is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '90s Southern Gospel Bands & Artists
Elvira, Christmas With the Oakridge Boys, Country Christmas Eve
The Oak Ridge Boys are an American country and gospel vocal quartet. The group was founded in the 1940s as the Oak Ridge Quartet. They became popular in southern gospel during the 1950s. Their ...more
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Jeff & Sheri Easter is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '90s Southern Gospel Bands & Artists
Jeff & Sheri Easter Silent Witness, Expecting Good Things, Life Is Great and Gettin' Better!
Jeff & Sheri Easter is a Southern Gospel duo.
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Speer Family is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '90s Southern Gospel Bands & Artists
20 Favorites By The Speers, 75th Diamond Jubilee, 70th Anniversary Celebration
The Speer Family, a Southern Gospel family group, was founded in 1921 by George Thomas Speer, his wife Lena Speer, and his sister and brother-in-law Pearl and Logan Claborn.
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The Ruppes is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '90s Southern Gospel Bands & Artists
The Ruppes Harbor of Hope, Answers, Seasons
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The Lewis Family is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '90s Southern Gospel Bands & Artists
The Lewis Family All Night Singing Convention, The Lewis Family Album, All Day Singing & Dinner on the Ground
The Lewis Family is a family of gospel and bluegrass musicians from Lincolnton, Georgia. They are known as the "First Family of Bluegrass Gospel". The family was founded by Pop and Mom ...more