Female Gospel Singers

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 1 
Aretha Franklin
(One of the Best-Selling Music Artists in the World & 'Queen of Soul')
Aretha Franklin
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Birthdate: March 25, 1942
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Died: August 16, 2018

Widely regarded as the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin was a singer-songwriter, actress, and civil rights activist. Recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Aretha was ranked number one on Rolling Stone magazine's 100 Greatest Singers of All Time list in 2010. Having sold over 75 million records, she is also one of the best-selling musicians ever.

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Dionne Warwick
(One of the Most-Charted Vocalists of All Time)
Dionne Warwick
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Birthdate: December 12, 1940
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: City of Orange, New Jersey, United States

Dionne Warwick is an American singer, TV host, actress, and former FAO Goodwill Ambassador. Warwick was one of the most successful singers between 1955 and 1999, ranking among the 40 biggest hitmakers according to the Billboard Hot 100. 80 of her singles have been featured on Billboard's music charts, making Warwick one of the most-charted female singers in history. 

 3 
Donna Douglas
(Best Know for Her Role as 'Elly May Clampett' in the TV Series 'The Beverly Hillbillies')
Donna Douglas
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Birthdate: September 26, 1932
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Pride, Louisiana, United States
Died: January 1, 2015
Donna Douglas is best known as Elly May Clampett from the sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies. After retiring from acting, she juggled with a number of careers, becoming a real-estate agent, a motivational speaker, and a gospel singer. She has also written a Bible-themed children’s book and a cookbook.
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Cynthia Erivo
(Actress)
Cynthia Erivo
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Birthdate: January 8, 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Stockwell, London, England, United Kingdom
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Mahalia Jackson
(Singer, Television Personality)
Mahalia Jackson
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Birthdate: October 26, 1911
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
Died: January 27, 1972

Mahalia Jackson was an American singer. During her career, which spanned four decades, Jackson played a major role in popularizing gospel blues in black churches across the United States. Regarded as one of the 20th century's most influential vocalists, Mahalia Jackson is credited with inspiring rock and roll, rhythm and blues, and soul singing styles.

 6 
Tichina Arnold
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Birthdate: June 28, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Tichina Arnold started as a child actor, working in films such as Little Shop of Horrors. She then gained fame as Pamela James in Martin and as Rochelle in Everybody Hates Chris. She has also launched the We Win Foundation and was previously the owner of a designer headgear brand. 
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Cissy Houston
(Gospel Singers)
Cissy Houston
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Birthdate: September 30, 1933
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, USA
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Sister Rosetta Tharpe
(Gospel Singer-Songwriter and Guitarist Known for Using Heavy Distortion on Her Electric Guitar)
Sister Rosetta Tharpe
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Birthdate: March 20, 1915
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cotton Plant, Arkansas, United States
Died: October 9, 1973

Sister Rosetta Tharpe was an American recording artist, guitarist, and singer-songwriter. Characterized by a mixture of electric guitar and spiritual lyrics, Tharpe's music played an influential role in the development of rock and roll. Her music influenced several rock-and-roll musicians like Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and Chuck Berry. She is often referred to as the Godmother of rock and roll.

 9 
Dee Dee Warwick
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Birthdate: September 25, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States
Died: October 18, 2008

Dee Dee Warwick was a soul singer whose career was largely marred by drug addiction. However, she found success later in her career, recording songs for Private Stock Records and RCA Records. In 1999, she was honored by the Rhythm and Blues Foundation with a Pioneer Award. Warwick is also remembered for being one of the first openly gay singers.

 10 
Heather Headley
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Birthdate: October 5, 1974
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Barataria, Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidadian-American singer-actor Heather Headley is best known for her Tony- and Drama Desk-winning performance in the musical Aida. The Northwestern University drop-out was also part of the theatrical version of Whitney Houston’s movie The Bodyguard and won a Grammy for her gospel album Audience of One.

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CeCe Winans
(Musician, Singer)
CeCe Winans
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Birthdate: October 8, 1964
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Detroit

Born to a gospel singer father, CeCe Winans and her nine siblings would often sing at church events. The 12-time Grammy-winning artist soared to fame with her debut solo album, Alone in His Presence. She is also known for her collaborative tracks with her brother BeBe and her friend Whitney Houston.

 12 
Yolanda Adams
(One of the Best-Selling Gospel Artists of All Time)
Yolanda Adams
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Birthdate: August 27, 1961
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States

Initially a schoolteacher, four-time Grammy-winning contemporary gospel singer Yolanda Adams rocked the Billboard charts with her debut full-length single Just As I Am. She was also part of the Tony-nominated team that created the original score of the Broadway musical SpongeBob SquarePants. She has also penned a book on Christian life.

 13 
Kelly Price
(R&B and Gospel Singer Known for Her Big, Powerful, and Emotional Voice)
Kelly Price
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Birthdate: April 4, 1973
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Queens, New York, United States

Starting her music career as a background vocalist for singers such as Mariah Carey and George Michael, Kelly Price later made her mark in the industry with albums such as Soul of a Woman and Mirror Mirror. The Grammy-nominated singer is also known for her breast cancer activism.

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Anita Bryant
(Singer)
Anita Bryant
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Birthdate: March 25, 1940
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Barnsdall, Oklahoma, USA
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Kari Jobe
(Singer-songwriter, Singer, Composer)
Kari Jobe
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Birthdate: April 6, 1981
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Waco
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Merry Clayton
(Gospel Singer Known for Her 1969 Duet with Mick Jagger on the Rolling Stones Song ‘Gimme Shelter')
Merry Clayton
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Birthdate: December 25, 1948
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

From losing her child due to a miscarriage following the recording of the song Gimme Shelter with The Rolling Stones, to getting her legs amputated after a car accident, singer-actor Merry Clayton has been through a lot. The renowned backing vocalist and gospel singer was also featured in an Oscar-winning documentary.

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Cleotha Staples
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Birthdate: April 11, 1934
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: near Drew, Mississippi, United States
Died: February 21, 2013

The eldest child of The Staple Singers patriarch, Roebuck "Pops" Staples, Cleotha Staples was part of her family gospel group’s eight US top 40 hits. After facing racism, while they toured around performing, Cleotha and her group ventured into Black protest music. Respect Yourself was one of their Billboard-charting tracks.

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Shirley Caesar
(Singer-Songwriter Best Known as the 'First Lady of Gospel Music' And 'The Queen of Gospel Music')
Shirley Caesar
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Birthdate: October 13, 1938
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Durham, North Carolina, United States

Twelve-time Grammy-winning gospel singer Shirley Caesar is also known as The First Lady of Gospel. She began her music career with The Caravans and later went solo, releasing phenomenal hits such as Faded Rose and I Remember Mama. She also established a non-profit to serve the needy.

 19 
Joy Williams
(singer-songwriter, composer, guitarist, singer, pianist)
Joy Williams
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Birthdate: November 14, 1982
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Santa Cruz

Joy Williams established herself as a talented contemporary Christian artist before forming the Grammy-winning folk duo The Civil Wars with John Paul White. She had apparently rejected a recording offer at 14 to enjoy her childhood. She is best known for her chartbusting tracks such as From This Valley.

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Natalie Grant
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Birthdate: December 21, 1971
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Seattle
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Cedella Booker
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Birthdate: July 23, 1926
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Saint Ann Parish, Jamaica
Died: April 8, 2008

Cedella Booker was a Jamaican singer best remembered as the mother of Bob Marley. Booker is credited with conceiving and creating an annual music event, which came to be known as the 9 Mile Music Festival. While Marley helped popularize the festival, Cedella Booker helped spread the legend of Marley far and wide by authoring two books on her son.

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Maybelle Carter
(Musician)
Maybelle Carter
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Birthdate: May 10, 1909
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Nickelsville, Virginia, United States
Died: October 23, 1978
 23 
Sandi Patty
(Singer)
Sandi Patty
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Birthdate: July 12, 1956
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA
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Darlene Zschech
(Singer-songwriter, Singer)
Darlene Zschech
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Birthdate: September 8, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Brisbane
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Phoebe Snow
(Singer-songwriter)
Phoebe Snow
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Birthdate: July 17, 1950
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York City, U.S.
Died: April 26, 2011
 26 
Sara Carter
(Singer-songwriter, Singer)
Sara Carter
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Birthdate: July 21, 1898
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Copper Creek, Virginia
Died: January 8, 1979
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Ruth Brown
(Singer-songwriter)
Ruth Brown
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Birthdate: January 12, 1928
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Portsmouth, Virginia, United States
Died: November 17, 2006
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Mandisa
(Singer)
Mandisa
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Birthdate: October 2, 1976
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Citrus Heights
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Jaci Velasquez
(Singer, Actor, Musician)
Jaci Velasquez
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Birthdate: October 15, 1979
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Houston

Latin Grammy-nominated contemporary Christian and Latin pop singer Jaci Velasquez started singing at age 10 and later soared to fame with the number one single If This World. She later also experimented with alternative rock. She has also appeared in films such as Chasing Papi and The Encounter.

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Francesca Battistelli
(Singer, Composer, Pianist, Songwriter)
Francesca Battistelli
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Birthdate: May 18, 1985
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City
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Laura Bretan
(Romanian-American Soprano)
Laura Bretan
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Birthdate: April 7, 2002
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
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Marcia Hines
(Singer, Actress)
Marcia Hines
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Birthdate: July 20, 1953
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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Dottie Rambo
(Singer)
Dottie Rambo
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Birthdate: March 2, 1934
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Madisonville, Kentucky, U.S.
Died: May 11, 2008
 34 
Crystal Lewis
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Birthdate: September 11, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Corona
 35 
Carola Häggkvist
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Birthdate: September 8, 1966
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
 36 
Nichole Nordeman
(Singer, Singer-songwriter)
Nichole Nordeman
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Birthdate: January 3, 1972
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Colorado Springs
 37 
Albertina Walker
(Gospel singer)
Albertina Walker
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Birthdate: August 28, 1929
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: October 8, 2010
 38 
Twila Paris
(Singer, Composer, Writer)
Twila Paris
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Birthdate: December 28, 1958
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Fort Worth
 39 
Meredith Andrews
(Songwriter)
Meredith Andrews
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Birthdate: January 19, 1983
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Wilson
 40 
Marion Williams
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Birthdate: August 29, 1927
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States
Died: July 2, 1994
 41 
Size 8
(Singer)
Size 8
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Birthdate: August 4, 1987
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Nairobi, Kenya
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Sara Groves
(Composer, Singer, Singer-songwriter, Guitarist, Pianist)
Sara Groves
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Birthdate: September 10, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Vineland
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Sabina Ddumba
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Birthdate: February 23, 1994
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

Popular Swedish singer, Sabina Ddumba’s first two singles, Scarred For Life and Effortless, were both certified platinum while her third single Not Too Young was certified double platinum. The artist, who has released three albums and performed at various festivals, concerts and television shows, bagged the Newcomer of the Year award at Grammisgalan (2015) and P3 Gold Awards (2016).

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Fabiana Anastacio
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Birthdate: February 23, 1975
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Santo André, State of São Paulo, Brazil
Died: June 4, 2020
 45 
Dorothy Love Coates
(Gospel singer)
Dorothy Love Coates
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Birthdate: January 30, 1928
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama, United States
Died: April 9, 2002
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Nikki Laoye
(Singer)
Nikki Laoye
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Birthdate: December 19, 1980
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Lagos, Nigeria
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Franja du Plessis
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Birthdate: January 2, 1994
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Namibia
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Helen Berhane
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Birthdate: 1974 AD
Birthplace: Asmara, Eritrea
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Evelyn Wanjiru
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Birthdate: May 6, 1989
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Nairobi, Kenya
 50 
Irene Logan
(Accomplished Ghanaian Singer and Songwriter Who Spawned Hit Songs like ‘Runaway’ and ‘Kabila’)
Irene Logan
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Birthdate: February 16, 1984
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Monrovia, Liberia