Female Professionals The Greatest Female Gospel Singers  

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List Rules Vote up the top women in gospel music around the world.

These famous female gospel singers can enthrall audiences and congregations alike with their passionate, heartfelt, and powerful voices. They are the ladies whose songs bring life to the gospel, with soaring emotion. Are they the best female gospel singers of all time? Take a look at any woman on this list, and you'll likely answer yes.

When it comes to gospel music, few families are as famous as the Winans. It seems every member of this family was blessed with the gift of an incredible singing voice. Several of the Winans women are considered among the top female gospel singers in the world – and possibly of all time. The family includes CeCe Winans and Vickie Winans. They’re listed separately here, but they often collaborate. Other women gospel singers listed here are also known for their secular music, including the likes of Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, and Whitney Houston. It's up to you to decide whether they should be ranked more highly than women known solely for their gospel music.

From the stunning sounds of Albertina Walker to the powerful vocals of Mahalia Jackson and Shirley Caesar, these are the Queens of Gospel Music. Take a look at this list and vote your favorite singers up to the top.

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1
213 80
Mahalia Jackson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Gospel music

2
161 61
CeCe Winans is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Pop music, Hymn, Contemporary worship music

3
142 56
Shirley Caesar is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Gospel music

4
147 65
Tamela Mann is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Gospel music

5
98 39
Karen Clark Sheard is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Contemporary Christian music, Urban contemporary gospel, Rhythm and blues

6
112 49
Yolanda Adams is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Adult contemporary music, Christian music, Pop music

7
133 67
Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B

8
95 48
Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

9
47 14
The Clark Sisters is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
ahmirmiller added Urban contemporary gospel, Dance music, Rhythm and blues

10
52 22
Vickie Winans is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Contemporary Christian music, Urban contemporary gospel, Gospel music

11
68 40
Patti LaBelle is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Doo-wop, Girl group, Ballad

12
64 37
Twinkie Clark is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Gospel music

13
36 15
Dorinda Clark Cole is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
ahmirmiller added Jazz

14
49 27
Dottie Peoples is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Gospel music

15
42 25
Albertina Walker is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Gospel music

16
46 29
Kierra Kiki Sheard is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Pop music, Neo soul, Urban contemporary gospel

17
55 37
Amy Grant is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Adult contemporary music, Christian music, Pop music

18
58 40
Sinach is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Sinach Gospel music

19
49 32
Kim Burrell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Jazz, Gospel music

20
33 19
Vanessa Bell Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Gospel music

21
33 19
Beverly Crawford is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Gospel music

22
32 19
Kari Jobe is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
vikiefernandona added Contemporary worship music, Contemporary Christian music, Country

23
45 31
Mandisa is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Christian music, Contemporary Christian music, Rhythm and blues

24
36 23
Darlene Zschech is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Christian music, Contemporary Christian music

25
39 27
Erica Campbell is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Gospel singer