COUNTDOWN - THE 5 TOP GOSPEL SINGERS IN THE WORLD




We have so many Gospel Singers in the world today - both those who have been there for over 30 years and those who just started their ministry as a Gospel singer. Today, we will be counting down to the 5 top Gospel Singers in the world.
5. DONNIE MCCLURKIN




He is a popular American Gospel Singer who was born in 1959. He has won three Grammy awards, ten Stellar awards, two BET awards, two Soul Train awards, one Dove award and one NAACP Image award. He is one of the top selling Gospel music artists, selling over 10 million albums worldwide. He suffered a dramatic emotional trauma when he was younger and was a victim of child abuse. All his problems encompassed made him find solace in going to church where he discovered his musical talent. McClurkin is best known for his hit songs "Stand" and "We Fall Down" which were played in heavy rotation on both Gospel and Urban radio. His three solo albums have topped the Billboard charts. McClurkin, in 2002, told a Christian website that, due to the sexual abuse, he had struggled with homosexuality, although there's no evidence he was ever homosexual. He also said that he had rejected that lifestyle: "I’ve been through this and have experienced God’s power to change my lifestyle. I am delivered and I know God can deliver others, too." He is an ordained Senior Pastor at Perfecting Faith Church in Freeport, Newyork. Both his pastoral ministry and songs have touched lives all over the world.

4. CECE WINANS





Cece was borin in 1964 and is the eldest of three children. CeCe began her solo career with the Platinum certified album Alone in His Presence. It was released in 1995 and earned her a Grammy Award and two Dove Awards, including the Female Vocalist of the Year, an award she earned again in 1997. Winans' next release, the Gold certified Everlasting Love was released in 1998 and featured Winans highest to date Billboard charting solo singles "Well Alright" and "Slippin". The song "On That Day" from the album was written and produced by R&B singer Lauryn Hill. Later that year, Winans released His Gift a holiday album. She is internationally acclaimed and sort after. She is married with three children. She and her husband Alvin Love II pastor Nashville Life Church in Nashville, where they serve as the lead servants and their children are involved in the ministry

3. TYE TRIBETT



 He is an American gospel music singer, songwriter, keyboardist, choir director and founder of the Grammy-nominated and Stellar-Award winning gospel group Tye Tribbett & G.A. (short for 'Greater Anointing.'). Tribbett toured with Faith Hill in 2000, leading to work with Will Smith, Usher, Don Henley, Justin Timberlake, and Sting.[1] He has since released five albums. Tye Tribbett has recently released his new single, "If He Did It Before (Same God)" on iTunes. His most recent album "Greater Than" was released August 6 2013, and earned him two Grammy awards. Tribbett was raised in a Pentecostal Apostolic church in Camden, New Jersey. His father is a pastor and his mother is a minister as well as a well known disc jockey in the Philadelphia area. He is married to Shanté Tribbett, who was a member of Greater Anointing, and they have two daughters together. He also has a brother, Thaddaeus, who is part of the band 'Soundcheck' and is now the current bassist for artist Estelle. Tye also has two sisters; one sister, DeMaris, also sang in Greater Anointing.

2. KIRK FRANKLIN



Just like others on the list - he is an american, a singer and an author.   He is known for leading urban contemporary gospel choirs such as The Family, God's Property and One Nation Crew (1NC), and has won multiple awards, including seven Grammy Awards. A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Franklin was raised by his aunt, Gertrude, having been abandoned as a baby by his mother.[2] Gertrude collected and resold aluminum cans to raise money for Kirk to take piano lessons from the age of four. Kirk excelled in music, being able to read and write music, while also playing by ear. The rather radical minister has a past indeed which includes getting his girlfriend pregnant at a tender age, his behavioural problems and his expulsion from school. After his friend was shot, he ran back to the church. On January 20, 1996, Franklin married long-time friend Tammy Collins.[2] When they wed, they each had one child from previous relationships: Kirk's son Kerrion, born in 1988, and Tammy's daughter Carrington (whom he legally adopted), born in 1989. As a couple, they have two children together, a daughter named Kennedy (born in 1997) and a son named Caziah (born in 2000). Carrington became engaged to Maxx Nakwaasah in October 2015.[18]
In 2005, Franklin appeared with his wife on The Oprah Winfrey Show to discuss how he ended his pornography addiction . 

1. ISRAEL HOUGHTON



And the american worship leader makes our number one for today! Houghton is usually credited as Israel & New Breed. The 45 year old singer and minister is absolutely outstanding with great hits to his name. Houghton produced an album by Michael Gungor, Bigger Than My Imagination, which was described as "one of the year's best worship albums" in a 2003 Christianity Today review. His album is widely acclaimed and his song 'alpha and omega' still ring in people's ears. He has succeeded in building his success and standing out from every other Gospel Musician around the world.



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