The Best Black Gospel Music on YouTube in 2016
A list of the best black gospel music on YouTube in 2016.
Kirk Franklin is one of the most successful gospel artists of all time. His songs are some of the most popular in black churches across America, and his YouTube channel has over a million subscribers. In 2016, Franklin released a live album called “Losing My Religion,” which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Gospel charts.
Tasha Cobbs is a powerful gospel singer with a voice that will give you goosebumps. She has a huge following on YouTube, and her music is some of the most popular black gospel music on the site. In 2016, she released her album One Place Live, which shot to the top of the charts and quickly became one of the year’s best-selling gospel albums. Her song “Break Every Chain” was also hugely popular, and it won a Grammy Award for Best Gospel Performance.
Tamela Mann is a contemporary gospel and R&B singer who has had great success in recent years. Her 2013 album, Best Days, debuted at #1 on the Billboard charts and Tamela has won multiple Grammy, BET, and Dove Awards. She is also a successful actress, appearing in films like Tyler Perry’s Diary of a Mad Black Woman and Madea’s Family Reunion.
On YouTube, Tamela Mann has a number of videos with millions of views. Her most popular video is her live performance of “Take Me to the King” at the BET Awards in 2013. This video has over eight million views. Other popular videos include her live performance of “I Can Only Imagine” at the Stellar Gospel Music Awards in 2014, which has over five million views, and her music video for “God Provides,” which has over three million views.
Hezekiah Walker is an American gospel musician, choir director, and pastor of the Love Fellowship Tabernacle in Brooklyn, New York.
Walker’s recordings include: Live in Atlanta at Morehouse College (1994); I Need You to Survive (1997); Imagine Me (2001); Live in London (2002); Souled Out (2003); Family Affair (2005); Live in Memphis (2007); and Love Alive VII: Revival in the Land (2010).
In 2016, Walker was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Gospel Album for his live album Azusa: The Next Generation 2.
James Fortune is an American gospel singer, songwriter, and record producer. He is the leader of the choir James Fortune & FIYA. As a solo artist, he has released five albums and has won two Grammy Awards, three Stellar Awards, two Dove Awards, and an Nancy Wilson Legendary Award.
Fred Hammond is an American gospel singer, bass guitar player, record producer, and Musician. He is a member of the group Commissioned and former member of United Methodist Church. Hammond has released seventeen solo albums. In 2000, he released the album Free to Worship, which went on to be certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
Israel Houghton is a Gospel music singer and songwriter from Houston, Texas. He is best known for his work as a worship leader and for his role in the Christian music group, New Breed. Houghton has released eleven solo albums and has won five Grammy Awards.
Marvin Sapp is an American Gospel singer, songwriter and record producer. Sapp’s career began as a member of the gospel group Commissioned, where he sang bass. Upon the group’s disbanding, Sapp began a solo career with the release of his debut album Thou Art Loved in 1996. His commercial breakthrough occurred with the album diapers Now Behold the Lamb, released in 2002, which has sold over one million copies. In 2010, Sapp was a judge on BET’s Sunday Best season 3.
Donnie McClurkin is one of the most successful Gospel artists of all time. With over 30 million records sold, he is also one of the best-selling Gospel artists of all time. McClurkin has been nominated for 11 Grammy Awards, winning three. He has also won nine Stellar Awards, eight Dove Awards, and two BET Awards. McClurkin’s style of music is a combination of traditional gospel, R&B, and pop.
Carr is an American gospel singer, songwriter, record producer, and musician. He has been a staple in the black gospel music community for over two decades. He started his musical career as a keyboardist for the Mount Lebanon Baptist Church in Brooklyn, New York. He later joined forces with fellow Brooklynites Rodney and Fred McFadden to form the McFadden Brothers Band. The group enjoyed moderate success in the early 1990s with their debut album, “Get Ready”, which spawned the hits “Can’t Nobody Do Me Like Jesus” and “Good Time”.
In 1996, Carr embarked on a solo career with the release of his album “For Every Mountain”. The album’s title track became a runaway hit, topping both the Gospel and R&B charts. Carr’s follow-up album, “Purpose In Your Storm”, was equally successful, spawning the hits “No One Else”, “I Almost Let Go”, and “Kneel Down”. Since then, Carr has released six more albums and has become one of the most popular and respected figures in black gospel music.
In 2016, Carr was inducted into the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame. He is also a five-time Grammy Award nominee and two-time Stellar Award winner. His YouTube channel features live performances, music videos, and behind-the-scenes footage of Carr and his band.