In today’s article are the top 10 richest gospel singers in the world. In the music world, the circular genre has produced the richest artists, unlike the gospel genre. Unlike circular artists, gospel artists don’t boast about their riches through their songs. They always glorify God through their songs which makes it hard to believe they make a living through their songs. Just as circular artists make millions off a song, gospel artists are not left behind. As well as endorsement gospel artists have got a fair share.
Below are the top 10 richest gospel singers in the world.
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Top 10 Richest Gospel Singers In The World
1. Michael W. Smith – $14 million
With an estimated net worth of $14 million, Michael W. Smith sits top on our table of the richest gospel singer. He is an American gospel artist and songwriter. He wrote his first song when he was five years old.
He started his professional music career in 1983, releasing his first album titled The Michael W. Smith Project. He has won a Grammy Award for the Best Gospel Vocal Performance, Male in 1985 among many other awards in his career.
2. Erica and Tina Campbell – $10 million
Remember the famous gospel music duo, who sang one of the most celebrated gospel songs Shackles? The duo is made up of Erica Atkins Campbell and Trecena Tina Atkins Campbell. They were born in 1978 and are the middle children in a family of nine siblings. The duo started training their vocal cords quite early, enrolling at El Camino College to study voice. They began touring with other R&B musicians in the mid-90s, as backup artists. Luckily, they were discovered by producer Warryn Campbell who led them to secure a songwriting agreement with EML. They released their first album in 2000 which turned out to be a great success.
3. Kirk Franklin – $8.5 million
Kirk Franklin is a gospel singer, choir director, and author renowned for leading various urban contemporary gospel choirs. Kirk Franklin is undoubtedly one of the top gospel artists in the world. You have probably heard of the name as he is one of the most consistent gospel artists in the world. Kirk Franklin rose to fame in the early ’90s, and his perfection in art helped redefine gospel music. Amazingly, Franklin has been in the game for over three decades, winning numerous awards including a Grammy.
4. Cece Winans – $8 million
Sitting the 4th place with a net worth of $8 million is Cece Winans. Cece Winans is a multitalented gospel artist who was born in 1964 in Detroit, Michigan. She started her career with her debut platinum-certified album “Alone in His Presence”, released in 1995. Cece has 12 Grammy Awards (nominated more than 20 times) and has sold over 17 million songs globally. She received the Best-Selling Gospel Singer of All Time and the Richest Gospel Artist awards in 2015.
5. Dorinda Clark Cole – $7 million
Dorinda is an evangelist, songwriter, radio personality, and even a fashion mogul. Dorinda released her first solo studio album in 2002. Her fifth studio album garnered a Grammy nomination for the Best Gospel Album at the 58th Grammy Awards. However, she lost the title to Israel & NewBreed. Dorinda is also interested in dancing and has often stated that it would have been her career choice if she wasn’t in the gospel industry.
6. Yolanda Adams – $5 million
Yolanda Adams is a gospel singer, record producer, actress, and radio host. She has a nationally syndicated morning gospel show. Yolanda is worth $5 million as the majority of her income comes from her numerous successful albums like Just as I am, Believe, Day by Day, and many others that have topped the gospel music charts. The multitalented gospel musician was born on August 27, 1961, in Houston, Texas. Yolanda’s massive success in the gospel industry has earned her the title Queen of Contemporary Gospel Music, and First Lady of Modern Gospel.
7. Donnie McClurkin – $5 million
Next on our list is Donnie McClurkin, another great gospel musician with a great voice and a net worth of $5 million. It is his voice’s uniqueness that fans love and long for with every song’s release. For a musician that started singing while in elementary school, he has done pretty well. Donnie performed with various youth musical groups through his church and launched the McClurkin Singers. He is also a pastor, earning this title when Marvin L. Winans ordained him in.
8. Marvin Sapp – $4 million
Mavin Sapp was part of a gospel music group before starting his solo career. He started singing in the church at a very tender age, and in 1991, he was approached by singer Fred Hammond to become part of The Commissioned gospel music group. Today, he has several albums, and “Never Would Have Made It”, a song that is part of his 2007 album was number 14 on the Billboard R&B charts.
9. Tamela Mann – $3 million
Tamela Mann is a gospel artist and actress who has an estimated net worth of $3 million. Gospel fans won’t stop loving Tamela’s strong soprano vocals that make her songs very powerful. Before Tamela became renowned for her acting prowess and as a great gospel artist, she was part of the popular group Kirk Franklin and the Family. She ventured out with her husband to create a new record label Tillymann Music. Since then, she has released several songs that have positioned her as one of the greatest gospel artists.
10. William David McDowell – $2 million
William David McDowell sits on the 10th list with a net worth of $2 million. David is known for his amazing voice and great lyrical talent. He has managed to accumulate such immense wealth from his remarkable songs that serenade fans every time. Some of his biggest songs include As We Worship, Arise, and Withholding Nothing.
Over the years gospel music has played important roles in our lives drawing us to God one way or another. Just as artists make money through their songs gospel artists are not left behind. We believe we have given you a befitting answer to the Top 10 Richest Gospel Singers In The World. Don’t hesitate to share your thoughts through the comment box. Thank you.