These following gospel legends did not create gospel music for fame, fortune or a trend, but their gospel music was created to only sincerely to win souls to Christ, deliver and bless them. There was no cutesy stuff as we see today, you know, 'bubble gum' gospel or sophisticated praise and worship. People felt the Holy Spirit and we did not see them ever seductively sang and perform to identify with the thugs and harlots of the world. People would get up out of their seats at the concert halls and church concerts and allow the Holy Ghost to take over without shame. Praise and worship was not created to satisfy the European supporters, but to only please God, it was just something that came natural. People were delivered and set free as gospel artists allowed God to have His way without any apologies to those those whom were siddity. The most wonderful thing about these gospel artists is that we can always go back to their music in order to take us onto a heavenly realm, because God used them in a mighty way.
Note: If you know of a gospel artist who has been known as a legend in the past and they are still performing or past on, it should be obvious why they are not listed here, simply because they may have crossed their gospel songs with the world, which is ungodly in the eyes of God. As the Bible clearly says in 2 Cor. 6:14, 'Be you not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship has righteousness with unrighteousness? and what partnership has light with darkness?' The Bible also told us to be holy in I Peter 16, 'Because it is written, You will be holy; for I am holy.' In I John 2:15, the Word of God reminds us, 'Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.' In 2 Cor. 5:17, the Word of God says 'Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creation: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.' We are to represent God has made us brand new, not ever representing ourselves as the old man, similar of a sinner or acting like unbelievers, doing what they do. Therefore, if gospel artists are still popular today, but have not shown they are totally different and holy through their songs and performances, their name is not listed here. If they have created music that identifies with worldly entertainers, you will not see any of their names included here, regardless if they are an ordained pastor or evangelist. The only exception is Aretha Franklin, simply because she has remained as a secular artists and has not identified herself as a gospel artist, although she has sang gospel, which reveals her respect for God in our opinion. So far, whenever she sings gospel, she has not collaborated with other gospel artists whom blend secular like hip hop, rap or rock into their music. Franklin's gospel has always been real and still stirs the soul with an anointing.
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King of Gospel, Rev. James Cleveland-(December 5, 1931-February 9, 1991) Founder of Gospel Music Worship of America and pastor of Cornerstone Missionary Baptist Church (in Los Angeles) He wrote over 400 songs. Rev. Cleveland died a millionaire; he did not have to cross over into the secular music industry to do it.
Rev. Ernest Davis, Jr., founder of the Wilmington Chester Mass Choir-(birth unknown-Rev. Davis died in 1991 at age 39). This legendary maestro was known for putting together a group of people from the areas of Wilmington and Philadelphia cities to sing his gospel songs. He founded Wilmington Chester Mass Choir on February 2, 1978. Rev. Davis songs had such an anointing that moved all ages to enjoy the sacredness of gospel music. During his last concert, he preached for souls on the church to get right with God and stop playing church. He encouraged saints of God to lay out before the Lord and seek Him.
Aretha Franklin, Queen of Soul and Gospel, (March 25, 1942- ) She is the daughter of the late Rev. C. L. Franklin and the God-daughter of the late King of Gospel, Rev. James Cleveland. She is famous for her gospel album created in 1972, 'Amazing Grace.' Rev. James Cleveland and his choir, Southern CA. Community Choir backed her up on the album and he produced it.
Rev., Dr. Clay Evans-(June 23, 1925- ) Rev. founded Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in 1950 and the Fellowship Choir. He was famous for many albums and has been admired by former President Bill Clinton for his song, 'There is no Secret What God Can Do."
Rev. James Moore-(February 1, 1956-June 7, 2000). Although toward the end of Rev. James Moore career, we felt he was being misled to cross over his music, we still give honor to a man who can be remembered for telling gospel artists to not blend their music with the world in his song, 'Let Us God Back to Church.' Rev. James Moore was one of the greatest Pentecostal preachers who was remembered as a traveling evangelist. He preached at various churches across the nation and blessed many gospel artists with his very unique gifted voice.
LaShun Pace (Birthdate Unknown, Age 51). Gospel artist and Evangelist, LaShun Pace has a very anointed voice. She is the sister of The Anointed Pace Sisters. She is very rare when it comes to this era of female gospel artists. Whenever she sings, you can feel the Holy Ghost moving all through you.
Rev. Charles Fold, Executive of GMWA & Founder of the Charles Fold Singers (June 4, 1934-April 7, 2006). A colleague of the late Rev. James Cleveland, Rev. Charles Fold was known for producing some of the greatest gospel songs with some of the most famous black choirs in the United States. Rev. Charles Fold also preached during his performances.
Dr. Charles Hayes, Pastor and Founder of Cosmopolitan House of Prayer Choir (
December 10, 1937- ) Dr. Hayes music has blessed many gospel lovers across this nation for many years. His choir has been known for some of the most famous songs that is still sung within many black churches who desire a taste of soul-stirring gospel music. One of the most popular voices that can be heard singing many of his upbeat songs is Diane Williams ( 'Work It Out,' 'Reach Up', 'Make Me Better,' 'God Said It,' .
Lemmie Battles (Birthdate Unknown) This woman of God is not only an anointed gospel artist, but she is also an evangelist who spreads the message of Jesus Christ. She often shares her testimony of how God spared her life from cancer about 3 times. She is known for leading songs for the Chicago Mass Choir before going solo.
Frank Williams (birth date unknown, the founder of the Mississippi Mass Choir. He can remember for refusing to blend rap into gospel music, when he perform, 'Why we don't Rap', along with 'Amazing Grace'. He set a difference between God's music and the world. Because of Frank Williams and David Curry, Mississippi Mass Choir is still strong, today.
And last, but not least, Donald Vails (Birthdate unknown-Sept 10th 1997) was one of the greatest gospel artists whom sang with some of the most famous black gospel across the country. He is know for Donald Vails and his choraleers.
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