The Best Gospel Music Releases of 2014

Check out our top picks for the best gospel music releases of 2014. From soulful ballads to upbeat anthems, these are the year’s best.

Best Gospel Albums

There were many great gospel music albums released in 2014. Here are just a few of the best:

-Lecrae, Anomaly
-Tye Tribbett, Greater Than
-Pi’erre Bouvier, Je vais mieux
-Celiné Dion, Loved Me Back to Life
-Kirk Franklin, Lonf Live Love

Best Gospel Songs

1. Take My Hand, Precious Lord – Shirley Caesar
2. I Can Only Imagine – Tamela Mann
3. Hold My Mule – Lee Williams & The Spiritual QC’s
4. Help is on the Way (It’s Alright) – Jason Nelson
5. Holy Holy Holy – Hezekiah Walker
6. Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) -blind Boys of Alabama
7. Break Every Chain – Tasha Cobbs
8. Fix Me, Jesus – Angola Prison Ministry Choir
9. His Eye is On the Sparrow – Lara Martin
10. I Won’t Complain – Rev. Paul Morton

Best Gospel Artists

The best Gospel music releases of 2014 offer up a wide variety of sounds, styles and messages from some of the biggest names in the genre, as well as some lesser-known but equally talented artists. There are uplifting anthems, haunting ballads, toe-tapping party jams and even a few unexpected crossover hits. No matter what your taste in Gospel music happens to be, there’s sure to be something on this list that appeals to you.

Here are our picks for the best Gospel music releases of 2014:

1. Lecrae – Anomaly
One of the biggest names in Christian hip hop, Lecrae returns with his seventh studio album, Anomaly. Once again teaming up with producer Don Cannon, Lecrae delivers an introspective and socially conscious album that is sonically diverse and lyrically complex. Highlights include the lead single “All I Need is You,” the hard-hitting “I’m Turnt” and the beautiful ballad “Fear.”

2. James Fortune & FIYA – Live Through It
After surviving a near-fatal car accident, Gospel singer James Fortune returns with his fifth album, Live Through It. The album is packed with guest appearances from some of Gospel music’s biggest stars, including Tasha Cobbs, Tye Tribbett and Kierra Sheard. The lead single “Hold On” is an inspirational anthem about hope and perseverance, while other standouts include the title track and the R&B flavored “Say Yes.”

3. Marvin Sapp – You Shall Live
Veteran Gospel singer Marvin Sapp returns with his eleventh studio album You Shall Live. The album features Sapp’s trademark blend of contemporary R&B and traditional Gospel sounds, along with guest appearances from DMX, Tasha Cobbs and Kirk Franklin. Standout tracks include the title track, “My Testimony” and “What Matter Most.”

4. Deitrick Haddon – Masterpiece
Deitrick Haddon teams up with producers Warryn Campbell and Cardiak for his ninth studio album Masterpiece. The result is a modern twist on Gospel music that incorporates elements of R&B, hip hop and pop into its traditional sound. Highlights include the lead single “Have Your Way,” the soulfully arrangement “Good & Bad” and the club-friendly “Glory.”

5. Isaiah Thomas – IT’SOK2SINGABOUTJESUS2ICEHEAVYBEATSFLAWLESSGRINDING&RIDINGTHRUTHECITYCAUSEJESUSLOVESUSALLLAMEN! New York rapper Isaiah Thomas AKA IT’SOK2SINGABOUTJESUS2ICEHEAVYBEATSFLAWLESSGRINDING&RIDINGTHRUTHECITYCAUSEJESUSLOVESUSALLLAMEN! returns with his debut albumIT’SOK2SINGABOUTJESUS2ICEHEAVYBEATSFLAWLESSGRINDING&RIDINGTHRUTHECITYCAUSEJESUSLOVESUSALLLAMEN!. A mix of Christian rap, trap music and southern hip hop, the album features guest appearances from Shawty Lo and Pastor Troy among others. Highlights include the lead single “Jesus Is King,” the hard-hitting “Trap Music” and the club banger “Grindin’ On My Bandz.”

Best Gospel Music Videos

There were so many great gospel music releases in 2014, it was hard to narrow it down to just a few. But we’ve done our best to create a list of the best gospel music videos of the year.

Take a look at our top picks and let us know if you agree with our choices.

1. “I Can Only Imagine” by MercyMe
2. “He’s Alive” by Don Moen
3. “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)” by Chris Tomlin
4. “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)” by Hillsong UNITED
5. “Shake” by MercyMe
6. “We Will Rise” by Michael W. Smith and Amy Grant
7. “Sovereign Over Us” by Aaron Shust
8. “Break Every Chain” by Tasha Cobbs
9. “All Things New” by Colton Dixon 10. “God’s Not Dead” Newsboys

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