The Best R&B Gospel Music of 2015

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It’s been an incredible year for R&B Gospel music. Here are our picks for the best albums of 2015.


While the world of gospel music is always changing, one thing remains the same: the power of a good song to lift the human spirit. Here are ten of the best R&B gospel songs of 2015.

“He’s able” by Tasha Cobbs
Tasha Cobbs is one of the most popular gospel artists of our time, and “He’s Able” is a perfect example of why. This song is an upbeat declaration of faith that will leave you feeling inspired and encouraged.

“Made a Way” by Travis Greene
Travis Greene’s debut album was one of the most talked about gospel releases of 2015, and “Made a Way” was its standout track. This powerful ballad recounts God’s faithfulness in the midst of trials, and it is sure to touch your heart.

“I Can Only Imagine” by Tamela Mann
This soulful ballad from Tamela Mann’s latest album is a beautiful contemplation on what it will be like to stand in the presence of God. It is sure to bring comfort and hope to anyone who hears it.

“Break Every Chain” by Tasha Cobbs Leonard
Tasha Cobbs Leonard took the world by storm with her debut album, and “Break Every Chain” was its breakout hit. This anthemic song has become a staple at churches and concerts alike, and its message of freedom in Christ is as relevant as ever.

“Intentional” by Travis Greene
Travis Greene’s follow-up to his debut album continued his hot streak with this irresistible anthem about living intentionally for God. It’s a song that will get you up on your feet and dancing along with its infectious beat.

Best R&B Gospel Albums of 2015

There were some amazing R&B Gospel albums released in 2015. Here is a list of the best of the best.

Kirk Franklin – Losing My Religion

Franklin’s eleventh studio album and first in three years, Losing My Religion, was released on November 13, 2015, by RCA Records. The album features the single “ 123 Victory”.

Franklin has won twelve Grammy Awards, including nine for Best Gospel Performance or Best Gospel Album. He is one of the best-selling gospel music artists of all time, having sold over 10 million albums worldwide.

Tasha Cobbs – One Place

Tasha Cobbs is a gospel singer and songwriter from Atlanta, Georgia. Her 2013 debut album Grace topped the Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart and she won a Grammy Award for Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance. Her follow-up album, One Place, was released in 2015 and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart. It also won a Grammy Award for Best Gospel Album.

Tamela Mann – Best Days

“Best Days” is the fifth studio album by American Gospel singer Tamela Mann. It was released on August 20, 2013, by Tillymann Music Group and EOne Music. The album features the lead single “Take Me to the King”, which peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot Gospel Songs chart. It also includes the singles “I Can Only Imagine” and “This Place”.

Best R&B Gospel Songs of 2015

There were so many great R&B Gospel songs released this year! It was hard to narrow it down, but here are our picks for the best R&B Gospel songs of 2015.

Kirk Franklin – Wanna Be Happy

This songstress won big at the 2015 BET Awards, taking home three awards including Best Gospel Artist. She also snagged an NAACP Image Award this year for Outstanding Gospel Album (Little Big Town). The song Wanna Be Happy? from her album Losing My Religion is one of the more popular gospel tunes of the past year.

Tasha Cobbs – Break Every Chain

3-time GRAMMY® winner Tasha Cobbs continues to break barriers with her powerful anthems of worship. The lead single from her One Place Live album, “Break Every Chain” spent an unprecedented 13 weeks at the No. 1 position on Billboard’s Hot Gospel Songs chart and was named Billboard’s Hot Gospel Song of the Year for 2013.

Tamela Mann – Take Me to the King

Tamela Mann’s lead single “Take Me to the King” from her album Best Days topped the Billboard Hot Gospel Songs chart for thirteen weeks. The song was written by Kirk Franklin.


After much listening and soul-searching, we’ve come to our conclusions about the best R&B gospel music of 2015. These albums represent the best in contemporary R&B gospel, a genre that has its roots in the traditional black gospel music of the 1920s and 1930s. Contemporary R&B gospel is a hybrid genre that combines elements of both traditional black gospel and contemporary R&B.

The Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album:

1. Hezekiah Walker – Azusa The Next Generation 2
2. VaShawn Mitchell – Unleashed
3. Tasha Cobbs – One Place Live
4. James Fortune & FIYA – Holding On Forever
5.plinistine mary jane – Pilgrim’s Progress
6 monument Anointed CheriKe’e- In God’s Hands
7. Deitrick Haddon – A Beautiful Soul
8. Smokie Norful – Forever Yours
9. William Murphy – Demonstrate
10 Israel Houghton – Covered: Alive in Asia

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