No doubt, gospel music’s powerful and spiritual expression is a social phenomenon. The musical style, vocal techniques and performances of gospel artistes have made the genre popularly known all over the world, and has even made some of them rank among the top ten richest gospel artistes in the world
Gospel music had over the years bring so many of her artistes into limelight. Most of them has won multiple awards for their ceaseless genuine and inspiring music and performances.
Nevertheless, what has constantly come into the minds of their fans has been; are they really wealthy, and if they are, who is the richest among them all. Hence, we have come up with the following top ten list and their net worth.
Meanwhile, this list, just like that of the previous article we published on the Top Ten Richest Gospel Artistes in Nigeria & Net Worth, is based on the top ten as of the time this article is been published and is liable to change at any time.
Top Ten Richest Gospel Artistes in the World & Net Worth
- Michael W. Smith
Net Worth: $14million
At the top of the list of the top ten richest gospel artistes in the world, is this wonderful American gospel artist and songwriter, Michael Smith. He is probably the richest gospel singer all-round the globe. He wrote his first song at a tender age of 5, and gave his life to Christ at 10years of age.
His first album was released in 1983 titled, ‘The Michael Smith Project’. He has won many awards including a Grammy Award for the Best Gospel Vocal Performance, Male in 1985. Michael has also featured as a lead actor in the movie, ‘The Second Chance’.
- Erica & Tina Campbell
Net Worth: $10million each
They are the very famous duo in the gospel music world, popularly called Mary Mary. Their full names are, Erica Atkins Campbell & Trecena ‘Tina’ Adkins Campbell, with the twins, though married to different husbands, were born in 1978, and share a second name, ‘Campbell’.
They came into limelight in the mid-90s as backup artistes, and were eventually discovered by Warryn Campbell, a producer who led them to secure a songwriting agreement with EML. Their first album was released in 2000, before they went on to release more songs as well as win more awards.
- Kirk Franklin
Net Worth: $8.5million
He’s a global icon when it comes to gospel music. He came into limelight in the early ‘90s, and his excellent efforts in the genre helped redefine gospel music.
Kirk Franklin has been in the game for more than three decades, where he kept on winning various awards including a Grammy. As it stands, he has marketed over 12million popular albums. He has popularly led many gospel choirs including; The Family, God’s Property, One Nation Crew to mention but a few.
- Cece Winans
Net Worth: $8million
She is not a new name as far as gospel music industry is concerned. She more than earned her place in this list. She’s so multitalented that it so manifested in her immense success down the years.
Cece Winans kick-started her illustrious career with her debut album, ‘Alone in His Presence’ in 1995. From then on, she has won over 12 Grammy awards to her name, the Best-Selling Gospel Singer of All Time, and the Richest Gospel Artiste Awards in 2015, while selling over 17million songs worldwide.
It doesn’t end there though, as she’s also an author of three books, including; Throne Room: Ushered into the Presence of God, and others.
- Dorinda Clark Cole
Net Worth: $7million
She is an extremely talented fast-rising artiste, and is fast becoming the richest gospel artiste in America. She started her music career with the Clark Sisters, before releasing her first singles in 2002, with her fifth album winning her a Grammy nomination at the 58th Grammy Awards, although she lost it to Israel & NewBreed.
Dorinda Clark Cole is an evangelist, songwriter, radio personality and a fashionista, not to mention a good dancer.
- Yolanda Adams
Net Worth: $5.5million
Few gospel artistes possess excellent lyrical composition, and she is among the very best in this area. She is into many areas, including singing, record producer, actress and radio host. She has sold almost 10million albums worldwide.
Yolanda Adams was born in 1961 in Houston, Texas. Her success in the gospel industry has earned her the name, ‘Queen of Contemporary Gospel Music’, and ‘First Lady of Modern Gospel’. Few of her most popular albums include; ‘Just as I am’, Day by Day’, ‘Believe’, and so on.
- Donnie McClurkin
Net Worth: $5million
He in fact more than deserve to be on this list of the top ten richest gospel gospel artiste. A great gospel artiste with an astounding voice. Because of his unique voice, fans keep drawing to every single song he releases. He started singing when he was in elementary school, performed with different youth musical groups in church and launched the McClurkin Singers.
Donnie McClurkin is a pastor, who was ordained in 2001 by Marvin L. Winans. He has sold over many albums globally, and earned plaudits for one of his most popular and astounding songs, ‘The Days of Elijah’.
- Marvin Sapp
Net Worth: $4million
How much do you know about Marvin Sapp? Indeed, he is a great gospel musician and songwriter that has even been recognized by receiving numerous awards. He was part of a gospel music group before starting his solo career.
Marvin Sapp started singing in church at a very early age, and in 1991, he was approached by singer Fred Hammond, to become part of The Commissioned gospel music group. Today, Marvin 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.
- Tamela Mann
Net Worth: $3million
Gospel music lovers have come to adore Tamela’s strong soprano vocals that make her songs very powerful. Before she became famous 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 establish a new record label, ‘Tillymann Music’. And ever since, she has released several songs that have positioned her as one of the greatest gospel artists like you have seen today, evidence of this list.
- William David McDowell
Net Worth: $2million
What do you look for in gospel songs? Is it not astounding lyrical composition presented using strong vocals? You will all agree with me that William McDowell possess this features, and has great unrivaled personality that you can ever cherish.
He possesses an excellent voice and supreme lyrical talent, little surprise he made this list. He has managed to accumulate such immense wealth from his remarkable songs that serenade fans every time. Some of his most popular songs include; ‘As We Worship’, ‘Arise’, ‘Withholding Nothing’, amongst others.
The above list is a sufficient reply to numerous people’s inquiry of “who is the richest gospel singer in the United States?” The biggest names come from the country. The contemporary gospel genre is a product of continuous transformation, and the tunes many people love are a blend of traditional gospel and hip hop.
Meanwhile, like we discussed earlier, this list of the top ten richest gospel artistes in the world is based on the most recent updates, and is subject to change, due to a constant rapid rise of talented artistes in the gospel music world. Therefore, stick with us for more updates.