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The Best '90s Southern Gospel Bands & Artists

Updated October 17, 2018 1.7k votes 265 voters 7.4k views45 items

List RulesVote 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.

  • 1

    Cathedral Quartet

    Faithful, A Reunion

    Genres (Music)Christian music, Southern Gospel

    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 positions...  more
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    The Isaacs

    Stand Still, Pieces of Our Past
    The Isaacs are a bluegrass Southern gospel music group consisting of mother Lily Isaacs (b. September 20, 1947), and daughters Becky (b. Aug. 2, 1975) and Sonya Isaacs (b. July 22, 1974) and son Ben...  more
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    Statesmen Quartet

    Hovie Lister & The Statesmen, The Statesmen with Hovie Lister

    Genres (Music)Southern Gospel

    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 influential...  more
  • 4

    Speer Family

    20 Favorites By The Speers, 75th Diamond Jubilee

    Genres (Music)Christian music, Southern Gospel

    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....  more
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    Gaither Vocal Band

    Lovin' Life, Reunited

    Genres (Music)Christian music, Contemporary Christian music

    The Gaither Vocal Band is an American southern gospel vocal group, named after its founder and leader Bill Gaither. On March 1, 2017, it was announced that the Gaither Vocal Band lineup consisted of...  more
  • 6
    Ivan Parker is an American Southern Gospel singer....  more
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    Jake Hess and the Imperials

    A Tribute to Jake Hess

    Genres (Music)Southern Gospel

    Jake Hess (December 24, 1927 – January 4, 2004) was an American Grammy Award-winning southern gospel singer....  more
  • 8

    Jeff & Sheri Easter

    Silent Witness, Expecting Good Things

    Genres (Music)Contemporary Christian music, Southern Gospel

    Jeff & Sheri Easter is a Southern Gospel duo....  more
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    Janet Paschal

    The Good Road

    Genres (Music)Christian music, Contemporary Christian music, Southern Gospel

    Janet Paschal (born October 18, 1956) is an inspirational Christian and southern gospel vocalist. She is often associated with Bill Gaither's Homecoming events....  more
  • 10

    Vestal Goodman

    Vestal and Friends

    Genres (Music)Southern Gospel

    Vestal Goodman (December 13, 1929 – December 27, 2003) 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...  more
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    The Hoppers

    Great Day

    Genres (Music)Southern Gospel

    The Hoppers (until 1981: Hopper Brothers and Connie) are a Southern Gospel group from North Carolina. The Hoppers are a family ensemble which first began performing together in 1957. They appeared at...  more
  • 12

    Allison Speer

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    The Oak Ridge Boys

    Elvira, Christmas With the Oakridge Boys

    Genres (Music)Christian music, Pop music, Gospel music, Country

    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 name...  more
  • 14

    The Martins

    GlorifyEdifyTestify, Light of World

    Genres (Music)Contemporary Christian music, Southern Gospel

    The Martins are a Christian music vocal trio composed of three siblings: Joyce Martin Sanders, Jonathan Martin, and Judy Martin Hess....  more
  • 15

    The Crabb Family

    A Crabb Collection - Soundtracks

    Genres (Music)Christian music

    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....  more
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    David Phelps

    The Voice, Journey to Grace

    Genres (Music)Christian music, Southern Gospel, Gospel music

    David Phelps may refer to: David Phelps (musician) (born 1969), American Christian music vocalist and songwriter David Phelps (sport shooter) (born 1977), British sport shooter David Phelps...  more
  • 17

    The McKameys


    Genres (Music)Southern Gospel

    The McKameys are a professional Southern gospel group based in Clinton, Tennessee. Current members are Ruben and Peg Bean, Sheryl Farris, Connie Fortner, Roger Fortner, and Eli Fortner. On average,...  more
  • 18

    Squire Parsons

    Silver Anniversary Collection, We Shall Get Home

    Genres (Music)Christian music

    Squire Enos Parsons Jr. (born April 4, 1948), 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...  more
  • 19
    The Talleys are a progressive southern gospel group composed of Roger and Debra Talley, their daughter Lauren, and her husband Brian Alvey....  more
  • 20

    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
  • 21

    Gold City

    Are You Ready?, Preparing The Way

    Genres (Music)Christian music, Southern Gospel

    Gold City is an American southern gospel quartet, based in Gadsden, Alabama....  more
  • 22

    Jason Crabb

    Jason Crabb, Because It's Christmas

    Genres (Music)Christian music, Southern Gospel

    Jason Douglas Crabb (born March 3, 1977) 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...  more
  • 23

    Greater Vision

    When I See the Cross, NOW: Spring 2005

    Genres (Music)Southern Gospel

    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 has...  more
  • 24

    The Imperials

    Free the Fire, One More Song for You

    Genres (Music)Christian music, Contemporary Christian music, Southern Gospel, Gospel music

    The Imperials are an American Christian music group that has been active for over 55 years. Originating as a southern gospel quartet, the innovative group would become pioneers of contemporary...  more
  • 25

    Karen Peck and New River

    Turn It Loose, A Taste Of Grace

    Genres (Music)Southern Gospel

    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 Gospel...  more