Gospel Greats

Posted: 03/21/2014 01:51 PM EDT

What  do the likes of Yolanda Adams, Cece Winans and Donnie McClurkin all have in common? They are gospel’s greats. The last 25 years have seen the genre sonically evolve from its traditional sound to boasting a more contemporary edge. This gospel renaissance, so to  speak, has created a pathway for gospel to lend itself to a wider audience, younger people in particular. BET.com takes a special look at 10 gospel artists who’ve been most influential in helping to popularize Christian music. From Mary Mary to Smokie Norful, these acts have demonstrated musical know-how and crafted mega-hits, positioning them as gospel greats. Browse the full list here!