Gospel 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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263 96
Mahalia Jackson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Gospel music
2
211 76
CeCe Winans is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Pop music, Hymn, Contemporary worship music
3
178 69
Shirley Caesar is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Gospel music
4
72 17
The Clark Sisters is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
ahmirmiller added Urban contemporary gospel, Dance music, Rhythm and blues
5
125 50
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
140 59
Yolanda Adams is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Adult contemporary music, Christian music, Pop music
7
180 84
Tamela Mann is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Gospel music
8
115 55
Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues
9
148 78
Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B
10
66 25
Vickie Winans is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Contemporary Christian music, Urban contemporary gospel, Gospel music
11
80 40
Twinkie Clark is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Gospel music
12
50 20
Dorinda Clark Cole is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
ahmirmiller added Jazz
13
60 30
Dottie Peoples is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Gospel music
14
75 43
Sinach is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Gospel music
15
77 47
Patti LaBelle is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Doo-wop, Girl group, Ballad
16
57 32
Kierra Kiki Sheard is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Pop music, Neo soul, Urban contemporary gospel
17
56 32
Mandisa is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Christian music, Contemporary Christian music, Rhythm and blues
18
40 20
Kari Jobe is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
vikiefernandona added Contemporary worship music, Contemporary Christian music, Country
19
64 42
Amy Grant is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Adult contemporary music, Christian music, Pop music
20
45 26
Dorothy Norwood is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Gospel music
21
39 21
Beverly Crawford is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Gospel music
22
47 28
Albertina Walker is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Gospel music
23
40 22
Vanessa Bell Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Gospel music
24
48 29
LaShun Pace is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Gospel music
25
47 29
Erica Campbell is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Gospel singer