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Urban Gospel Overview

  • Updated Feb 01, 2002
Urban Gospel Overview

Check out our story
on the WORSHIP channel
about the integration of
Urban & Praise music

What's hot right now in Urban/Gospel music? We put together a list of the hottest titles & artists on the scene. In addition, we've assembled a collection of essential titles that would be a great place to start if you're looking to establish your own personal library of this stirring and explosive genre of music. Finally, we're looking ahead to tell you about some titles yet to come out this fall - things that you can be looking for as they are released! Click on any of the artists' name to get more info on them!

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Don't Miss These Six Artists!

{{1NC}} - One Nation Crew (Kirk Franklin Presents) - B-Rite

tip: Amazing critical & commercial acclaim for this "new" group that's been touring with Franklin for a couple of years.

1NC comprises 9 multi-cultural and highly gifted vocalists handpicked by Kirk Franklin, whose music is a dazzlingly diverse fusion that demolishes any and all lines of color and ethnicity. Sounds of South Africa and Latin America segue seamlessly into urban contemporary and R&B, pop, praise & worship and rock-solid, Sunday-morning Gospel.

Click to hear a clip from "NOBODY"

CLICK HERE for more on 1NC

{{BeBe Winans}} - Love & Freedom - Motown

tip: Oprah dedicated a whole hour to BeBe's new CD, and helped launch it to number one on the Christian & Gospel charts. Getting mainstream Urban radio play with "Coming Back Home."

On his second solo project, LOVE & FREEDOM, BeBe explores for the first time themes that reflect real life situations and experiences, including love relationships and personal freedoms. He does so without losing the spiritual foundation he and his long revered Winans family have built their recognition, respect and reputations on.

Click to hear a clip from "COMING BACK HOME" featuring Brian McKnight & Joe

CLICK HERE for more on BeBe

{{Yolanda Adams}} - Mountain High, Valley Low - Elektra

tip: Along with CeCe, one of the best female vocalists around. Major mainstream success on the R&B chart with her radio hit, "Open My Heart."

For Gospel legend Yolanda Adams, her stirring Elektra debut Mountain High Valley Low was an opportunity to bring both her inspirational vision and her wide range of influences to an audience hungry for spiritual fruit. Four studio albums and one live album later (the Grammy nominated Yolanda - Live In Washington), the Houston, Texas native is ready to extend her magnificent reach without watering down the message.

Click to hear a clip from "OPEN MY HEART"

CLICK HERE for more on Yolanda

{{Mary Mary}} - Thankful - Columbia/Myrrh

tip: Scored a huge mainstream pop/R&B/dance floor hit with "Shackles (Praise You)."

Singer/songwriters/sisters Erica and Tina Atkins chose "Mary Mary" as their performance moniker. Their music -- sometimes co-written and all produced by hot R&B/hip-hop producer Warryn Campbell (whose work has appeared on albums by Brandy, Boyz II Men, Shanice, Dru Hill, and others) -- is contemporary and caring, funky and faithful, surprising, soulful and deeply spiritual. Thankful, the group's debut album for Columbia Records is pure gospel, made for those who may not yet have been touched by The Word but will be moved by the beat.

Click to hear a clip from "SHACKLES (PRAISE YOU)"

CLICK HERE for more on Mary Mary

{{Fred Hammond}} - Purpose By Design - Verity

tip: Truly a classic - this legendary artist - songwriter - producer has set the standard & hugely influenced most artists on this page!

"I want to be accessible - I want my music to show people that even thought I may be at a different point in my relationship with Him than they are, they can still get there. I want to show that God continues to love me where I am, even when I make mistakes - and He will love them right where they are, too. My main to talk to people right where they are, whether in the church or not, and challenge them to a deeper level of relationship with Jesus Christ." --Fred Hammond

Click to hear a clip from "I WANT MY DESTINY"

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CLICK HERE for more on Fred

{{Donnie McClurkin}} - Live In London and More - Verity

tip: This guy has a voice that tears the roof off the church

On "LIVE IN LONDON AND MORE..." this certified gold artist pours out his God given gift with melodic perfection. He uses the anointing on his voice as a testimony to the hand of God in his life. After only 1 album he has achieved gold status, 2 Stellar Awards, an exclusive deal with Disney, and a Grammy nomination. He has been featured on numerous soundtracks and performed around the world as far as Amsterdam, South Africa, Japan, Australia and Germany.

Click to hear a clip from "THAT'S WHAT I BELIEVE"

CLICK HERE for more on Donnie

Essential CDs:

{{CeCe Winans}} - Alabaster Box - Wellspring
{{BeBe & CeCe Winans}} - Greatest Hits - Sparrow
{{Winans Phase 2}} - We Got Next - Myrrh
{{Kirk Franklin}} - The Nu Nation Project - GospoCentric
{{Kirk Franklin}} & the Family - Whatcha Lookin' For - GospoCentric
{{God's Property}} - God's Property - B-Rite
==WOW Gospel 2000== (any year, really) - Verity
{{Trin-i-tee 5:7}} - Spiritual Love - B-Rite
{{Tri-City Singers}} - - EMI Gospel
{{Fred Hammond}} & Radical For Christ - Pages of Life Chapters 1 & 2 - Verity
Various - Heritage of Gospel Vol 1 & 2 - Malaco
{{Hezekiah Walker}} - Family Affair - Verity
{{Donnie McClurkin}} - Donnie McClurkin - Atlantic
{{Anointed}} - The Call - Myrrh
{{Andrae Crouch}} - Pray - Qwest
{{Commissioned}} - Time & Seasons - Verity

New releases:

{{Damita}} - Damita - Atlantic - 9/26 - includes a special guest appearance by {{dc Talk}}'s Toby McKeehan.
{{Aaron Neville}} - Devotion - EMI Gospel - 9/26 - includes tunes with Avalon & Rachael Lampa
{{Shirley Caesar}} - You Can Make It - Myrrh - 9/5 - the First Lady of Gospel
{{Kurt Carr Singers}} - Awesome Wonder - GospoCentric - 9/19
Various - His Woman, His Wife Soundtrack - GospoCentric - 9/19
{{The Wordd}} - How U Gonna Live - Myrrh - 9/19
{{Tonex}} - Pronounced Toe-Nay - Verity - 9/26
{{New Direction}} - Get Your Praise One - Myrrh - 9/30
Natalie Wilson & The S.O.P. Chorale - GospoCentric - 10/3
Michael Speaks - Praise At Your Own Risk - Epic - 10/17
Spiritual Pieces - Soul Food - Tommy Boy Gospel - 10/17
{{John P. Kee}} - Not Guilty - Verity - 10/24