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
225 87
Mahalia Jackson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Gospel music

2
172 68
CeCe Winans is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Pop music, Hymn, Contemporary worship music

3
151 62
Shirley Caesar is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Gospel music

4
153 72
Tamela Mann is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Gospel music

5
120 52
Yolanda Adams is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Adult contemporary music, Christian music, Pop music

6
101 41
Karen Clark Sheard is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Contemporary Christian music, Urban contemporary gospel, Rhythm and blues

7
137 73
Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B

8
100 51
Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

9
49 15
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
55 24
Vickie Winans is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Contemporary Christian music, Urban contemporary gospel, Gospel music

11
66 39
Twinkie Clark is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Gospel music

12
38 17
Dorinda Clark Cole is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
ahmirmiller added Jazz

13
70 44
Patti LaBelle is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Doo-wop, Girl group, Ballad

14
51 29
Dottie Peoples is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Gospel music

15
57 38
Amy Grant is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Adult contemporary music, Christian music, Pop music

16
35 19
Kari Jobe is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
vikiefernandona added Contemporary worship music, Contemporary Christian music, Country

17
48 31
Kierra Kiki Sheard is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Pop music, Neo soul, Urban contemporary gospel

18
59 41
Sinach is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Sinach Gospel music

19
50 33
Kim Burrell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Jazz, Gospel music

20
47 31
Mandisa is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Christian music, Contemporary Christian music, Rhythm and blues

21
42 27
Albertina Walker is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Gospel music

22
34 21
Vanessa Bell Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Gospel music

23
33 21
Beverly Crawford is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Gospel music

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

25
40 28
Erica Campbell is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Gospel singer