What is Urban Gospel?

Mary Mary at the 2013 Stellar Awards
Mary Mary at the 2013 Stellar Awards. Photo Credit: Getty Images for GMC TV, courtesy of The FrontPage Firm

Question: What is Urban Gospel?

Answer: Much like Southern Gospel music, Urban Gospel hit the big time via quartets. Most of the early groups were composed of all males, but there were a few female groups. Huge choirs eventually replaced the quartets in popularity and were soon joined by smaller groups, led by strong directors like Kirk Franklin. As younger fans discovered the joys of Urban Gospel, the genre added another facet in the form of the modern R&B sound.

Today, traditional gospel and contemporary gospel are both represented well, thus appealing to a broad range of age groups.

WOW Gospel, a 2-disc set that releases yearly, is hugely popular because it showcases established artists and introduces new artists.

Some of the more popular Traditional Urban Gospel artists of today are:

  • Dottie Peoples
  • Richard Smallwood
  • Shirley Caesar
  • Tamela Mann
  • The Blind Boys of Alabama

Some of the more popular Contemporary Urban Gospel artists of today are:

Urban Gospel History

  • Dove Awards Urban Album & Song of the Year History
  • Dove Awards Traditional Gospel Album & Song of the Year History
  • Dove Awards Contemporary Gospel Album & Song of the Year History
  • Top Urban Gospel Albums

Recommended Urban Gospel Albums

  • Live From Another Level - Israel & New Breed (Purchase/Download)
  • The Hill - Travis Greene (Buy from Amazon)
  • Best Days - Tamela Mann (Purchase/Download)
  • Still Tramaine - Tramaine Hawkins - Compare Prices
  • Jesus Revealed - Jason Nelson (Buy from Amazon)
  • The Sound - Mary Mary - Compare Prices
  • Donnie McClurkin...Again - Donnie McClurkin - Compare Prices
  • Covered: Alive In Asia​ - Israel Houghton & New Breed (Buy from Amazon)

Recommended Urban Gospel Starter Songs

Urban Gospel Online