The Best Gospel Music of 2014

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Contributors: Andranick Tanguiane, Fred Lerdahl,


It’s that time of year again! Here are our picks for the best gospel music of 2014. From traditional to contemporary, there’s something for everyone on this list.


Gospel music is a genre of music that is saved for use in the church. It is characterized by its blusey, soulful, and often emotional sound. Gospel music has been around for centuries, and has been an important part of the African American experience.

The best gospel music of 2014 was no exception to this rule. There were many great albums released this year, and it was hard to choose just a few to highlight. However, these five albums stood out to us as the best of the best.

Best Gospel Albums of 2014

It was a great year for gospel music, with many artists putting out excellent albums. Here are our picks for the best gospel albums of 2014.

Best Overall Gospel Album

The year 2014 has seen a number of great gospel albums released, each showcasing a different style and approach to the genre. While there are many different ways to enjoy gospel music, these albums represent some of the best overall gospel albums released this year.

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Best Traditional Gospel Album

The Best Traditional Gospel Album Grammy was first awarded in 1971 and has been given out annually since then. The award is given to the artist “for newly recorded traditional gospel albums containing at least 51 percent playing time of newly recorded, traditional vocal tracks.”

This year’s nominees are as follows:
– Amazing Grace by Joe Beasley
– Anonymous by Ryan Kenneth
– Pray for Me by Anthony Brown & group therAPy
– Get Ready! by The Fairfield Four
– Angels Watching Over Me by The Galantis Gospel Choir

Best Contemporary Gospel Album

Contemporary gospel music is a genre of music that is stylistically similar to pop, rock, and urban music. The music is characterized by a strong religious lyrical content, as well as a heavier focus on traditional gospel themes such as hope, redemption, and faith.

Some of the best contemporary gospel albums of 2014 include:
-Lecrae – Anomaly
-Mandisa – Overcomer
-Tasha Cobbs – Break Every Chain
-Amy Grant – How Mercy Looks from Here
-Kirk Franklin – Hello Fear

Best Gospel Performance

The Gospel music industry saw some amazing albums released in 2014. From singer/songwriters to worship leaders, there was a little something for everyone. Here are ten of the best Gospel albums of 2014.

1. “Breathe” by Casting Crowns: This album was a worship leader’s dream come true. With beautiful melodies and thoughtful lyrics, it quickly became a favorite among churches across the country.

2. “Follow” by Mandisa: One of the most successful Gospel artists of recent years, Mandisa returned with an album that did not disappoint. Her powerful voice is on full display, and the songs are both personal and relatable.

3. “ExaltedOne” by Andrew Peterson: This album was reminiscent of the early days of Christianity, when worship consisted of simple songs and hymns. Peterson’s voice is pitch-perfect, and the album is perfect for anyone who loves traditional Gospel music.

4. “Lift Every Voice” by James Fortune & FIYA: From start to finish, this album is filled with praise and worship anthems that will get your toes tapping and your hands raised. If you’re looking for an upbeat Gospel album, this is it!

5. “Get Up!” by Mary Mary: The sister duo returned with an upbeat collection of tracks that will inspire you to dance and sing along at the top of your lungs. Their positive message is always welcome, and this album is sure to please fans old and new.

Best Gospel Songs of 2014

There were so many great Gospel songs released in 2014! It was hard to narrow it down to just a few, but these are the songs that really stood out to us. From toe-tapping anthems to soulful ballads, these songs are sure to get you moving and lift your spirits.

Best Gospel Song

There were so many amazing gospel songs released in 2014, it was hard to narrow it down to just 10. But after much deliberation, we’ve come up with our list of the best gospel songs of 2014.

1. “Break Every Chain” by Tasha Cobbs
2. “100” by Hezekiah Walker
3. “No Longer Slaves” by Bethel Music
4. “Take Me to the King” by Tamela Mann
5. “I Can Only Imagine” by David Ghristian feat. Tasha Page-Lockhart
6. “Fill Me Up” by Casey J
7. “Come as You Are” by Crowder
8. “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)” by Chris Tomlin
9. “I Need a Miracle” by third Day feat. Matt Maher
10. “The Cross Has the Final Word” by upcoming Gospel artist Aaron Cole

Best Gospel Performance

The best gospel performance Grammy category began in 1963 and is awarded to songs or albums containing at least 51% singing. Duets, collaborations, and tracks featuring guest vocalists are all eligible, but instrumentals and background vocals do not count towards the required percentage. nominees are determined by a committee of music industry professionals, with final approval coming from the Recording Academy’s Board of Trustees.

Best Contemporary Gospel Song

“He Keeps Me Singing” by David Crowder Band
“I Can Only Imagine” by MercyMe
“Blessings” by Laura Story
“Do It Again” by Elevation Worship
” Greater ” by MercyMe
“Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)” by Hillsong UNITED


After listening to and reviewing fifty of the best gospel albums of 2014, we’ve come to a definitive conclusion: 2014 was an excellent year for gospel music. There were so many great albums released this year, from established artists like Kirk Franklin and Donnie McClurkin to up-and-comers like Tasha Cobbs and Kierra Sheard. It was truly a golden age for the genre.

There are a few standout albums that deserve special mention. Mary Mary’s “Something Big” was an incredible return to form, while Erica Campbell’s “Help” was a moving and inspirational album that showed off her immense talent. Hezekiah Walker’s “LIVE in Atlanta at Morehouse College” was a brilliant live album that captured the joy and energy of his performances, while James Fortune & FIYA’s “Live Through It” was a powerful album full of hope and encouragement.

These are just a few of the great gospel albums that were released in 2014. It was truly a banner year for the genre, and we can’t wait to see what 2015 has in store for us.

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