Female Gospel Singers

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 1 Mary J. Blige

Mary J. Blige.
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 11, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York City, New York

Mary J. Blige is a popular singer-songwriter and actress. Having sold 80 million records worldwide, she is one of the best-selling female artists of all time. Referred to as the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul, Mary is credited with influencing the fusion of R&B and hip hop. She often gets featured in lists like The 100 Greatest Women in Music.

 2 Dionne Warwick

Dionne Warwick.
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Famous As: Singer & Actress
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 Shirley Jones

Shirley Jones.
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 31, 1934
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Charleroi, Pennsylvania, USA

Shirley Jones is an American singer and actress whose portrayal of a prostitute named Lulu Bains in the 1960 film Elmer Gantry earned her an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. Thanks to her skills as a singer, Jones has appeared in several musical films like Oklahoma, The Music Man, and Carousel. She has also been a long-time supporter of PETA.

 4 Donna Douglas

Donna Douglas.
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Famous As: Actress
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.

 5 Cynthia Erivo

Cynthia Erivo.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 8, 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Stockwell, London, England, United Kingdom

 6 Della Reese

Della Reese.
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Famous As: Singer, Actress
Birthdate: July 6, 1931
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Black Bottom, Detroit
Died: November 19, 2017
Jazz and gospel singer and actor Della Reese, who was also an ordained minister, gained fame with tracks such as Don't You Know? and Some of her best-known films were Harlem Nights and A Thin Line Between Love and Hate. She played Tess in the series Touched by an Angel

 7 Mahalia Jackson

Mahalia Jackson.
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Famous As: Singer, Television Personality
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.

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 8 Brenda Lee

Brenda Lee
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 11, 1944
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Brenda Lee is a singer best-known for performing country music and pop. One of the earliest pop singers to enjoy a contemporary international following, Lee was among the most-charted singers during the 1960s. A Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Lee is the only female performer to be inducted into both the Country Music and Rock and Roll Halls of Fame.

 9 Emeli Sandé

Emeli Sandé.
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: March 10, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, England

 10 Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Sister Rosetta Tharpe
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 20, 1915
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cotton Plant, Arkansas, USA
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.

 11 Cissy Houston

Cissy Houston
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Famous As: Gospel Singers
Birthdate: September 30, 1933
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, USA

 12 Dee Dee Warwick

Dee Dee Warwick.
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Famous As: Singer
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.

 13 Anita Bryant

Anita Bryant
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 25, 1940
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Barnsdall, Oklahoma, USA

 14 Yolanda Adams

Yolanda Adams
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Famous As: Gospel singer
Birthdate: August 27, 1961
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, USA

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.

 15 Betty Wright

Betty Wright
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: December 21, 1953
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States

Bessie Regina Norris, better known as Betty Wright, ruled the American gospel, R&B, and soul scene for 6 decades. The Grammy-winning artist joined her family gospel group at age 2, gained fame with the track Clean Up Woman at 17, and had her own record label by the 1980s.

 16 Merry Clayton

Merry Clayton
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 25, 1948
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

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.

 17 Heather Headley

Heather Headley
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Famous As: Singer
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.

 18 CeCe Winans

CeCe Winans
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Famous As: Musician, Singer
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.

 19 Angie Stone

Angie Stone
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: December 18, 1961
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Columbia, South Carolina, United States

Motivated by her gospel singer father, Angie Stone began singing as a child. She later formed the rap/hip-hop act The Sequence and then became the lead singer of Vertical Hold. Her first solo album, Black Diamond, was a Billboard charter. She has also appeared in movies and campaigned against diabetes.

 20 Gloria Jones

Gloria Jones
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: October 19, 1945
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Died: June 9, 2006

Known as The Queen of Northern Soul, singer Gloria Jones soared to fame with the track Tainted Love. She also dated British rocker Marc Bolan and played the keyboard and sang for his band T. Rex. She was driving the car which met with an accident and killed Bolan.

 21 Kelly Price

Kelly Price
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Famous As: Singer
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.

 22 Darlene Zschech

Darlene Zschech
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Singer
Birthdate: September 8, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Brisbane

 23 Kari Jobe

Kari Jobe
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Singer, Composer
Birthdate: April 6, 1981
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Waco

 24 Cleotha Staples

Cleotha Staples
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Famous As: Singer
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.

 25 Joy Williams

Joy Williams
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Famous As: singer-songwriter, composer, guitarist, singer, pianist
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.

 26 Deniece Williams

Deniece Williams
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 3, 1950
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Gary, Indiana, USA

The daughter of singer parents, Deniece Williams grew up singing gospel. Though she initially aspired to be a nurse and an anesthetist, she later took up music full-time and began performing at nightclubs. The Grammy-winning artist soared to fame with tracks such as They Say and I Believe in You.

 27 Cedella Booker

Cedella Booker
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 23, 1926
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Saint Ann Parish, Jamaica
Died: April 8, 2008

 28 Shirley Caesar

Shirley Caesar
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 13, 1938
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Durham, North Carolina, USA

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.

 29 Maybelle Carter

Maybelle Carter
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: May 10, 1909
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Nickelsville, Virginia, United States
Died: October 23, 1978

 30 Sandi Patty

Sandi Patty
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 12, 1956
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA

 31 Rebecca St. James

Rebecca St. James
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Famous As: Film actor, Singer-songwriter, Singer, Actor, Composer
Birthdate: July 26, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sydney

 32 Phoebe Snow

Phoebe Snow
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: July 17, 1950
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York City, U.S.
Died: April 26, 2011

 33 Natalie Grant

Natalie Grant
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 21, 1971
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Seattle

 34 Sara Carter

Sara Carter
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Singer
Birthdate: July 21, 1898
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Copper Creek, Virginia
Died: January 8, 1979

 35 Mandisa

Mandisa
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 2, 1976
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Citrus Heights

 36 Jaci Velasquez

Jaci Velasquez
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Famous As: Singer, Actor, Musician
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.

 37 Ruth Brown

Ruth Brown
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 12, 1928
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Portsmouth, Virginia, U.S.
Died: November 17, 2006

 38 Laura Bretan

Laura Bretan
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Famous As: Soprano
Birthdate: April 7, 2002
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

 39 Francesca Battistelli

Francesca Battistelli
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Famous As: Singer, Composer, Pianist, Songwriter
Birthdate: May 18, 1985
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City

 40 Trinitee Stokes

Trinitee Stokes.
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Famous As: Actress, Singer
Birthdate: April 12, 2006
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Jackson, Mississippi

 41 Dottie Rambo

Dottie Rambo
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 2, 1934
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Madisonville, Kentucky, U.S.
Died: May 11, 2008

 42 Crystal Lewis

Crystal Lewis
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 11, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Corona

 43 Albertina Walker

Albertina Walker
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Famous As: Gospel singer
Birthdate: August 28, 1929
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: October 8, 2010

 44 Nichole Nordeman

Nichole Nordeman
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Famous As: Singer, Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 3, 1972
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Colorado Springs

 45 Twila Paris

Twila Paris
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Famous As: Singer, Composer, Writer
Birthdate: December 28, 1958
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Fort Worth

 46 Meredith Andrews

Meredith Andrews
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Famous As: Songwriter
Birthdate: January 19, 1983
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Wilson

 47 Size 8

Size 8
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 4, 1987
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Nairobi, Kenya

 48 Marion Williams

Marion Williams
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 29, 1927
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States
Died: July 2, 1994

 49 Sara Groves

Sara Groves
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Famous As: Composer, Singer, Singer-songwriter, Guitarist, Pianist
Birthdate: September 10, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Vineland

 50 Sabina Ddumba

Sabina Ddumba
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 23, 1994
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden