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Smokie Norful

His Life Smokie Norful, born as Willie Ray Norful, Jr., is a pianist and gospel artist. He spent his early life in Tulsa and Muskogee,

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Shirley Ceasar

Shirley Caesar is a contemporary gospel artist.  She began singing in a gospel group called the Caravans in the lat 50’s and early 60’s.  After

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Yolanda Adams

Years Active: 1974-present Yolanda Yvette Adams was born on August 27, 1961, and is a gospel singer, actress, record producer, and former radio host. She

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Johnnie Taylor

Johnnie Taylor born on May 5, 1934. Johnnie Harrison Taylor was a popular gospel and rhythm and blues singer, known as the “Philosopher of Soul,”

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Fred Hammond

Fred Hammond was born December 27th,  1960 in Detroit MI. Gospel singer, bass player, and record producer Has won multiple Grammy, Dove, and Stellar awards

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Kirk Franklin

Native of Fort Worth, Texas Reared in the church by his Aunt Rebellious teen years lead him to stay in the church Close friend died

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BeBe and CeCe Winans

Background  Benjamin (BeBe) and Priscilla (CeCe) Winans are a contemporary gospel brother and sister duo. They formed in Detroit, MI. They are three-time Grammy Award

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Marvin Sapp

American Gospel music singer-songwriter Born & raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan Attended Aenon Bible College in Indianapolis Indiana Dropped out of college after being invited

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Kirk Franklin

Kirk Franklin is a young minister who had forever changed Christian Music through his combination of contemporary hip-hop and traditional gospel music. Kirk was born

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