Detroit has a big gospel community so it makes sense that we would breed some amazing artist. These Detroit natives got their start in their hometown of Detroit and made a huge impact on the Gospel Music Industry.
The Clark Sisters
You can’t mention Gospel Music and not talk about The Clark Sisters. The sister group is made up of Dorinda Clark-Cole, Elbernita “Twinkie” Clark-Terrell, Jacky Clark-Chisholm, and Karen Clark-Sheard. The sisters have produced 20 albums together and individually have created many pieces of work. They have won two Grammys and seven nominations.
Today, the sisters can be seen performing and speaking across the world. They also have mentioned working on more music together. More recently, the sisters went viral for an amazing performance at the home-going service of legendary singer Aretha Franklin.
Coming from a family of talented musicians , Kierra was destined to make her mark on the music industry. Kierra began her career singing backup for her mother, Karen Clark-Sheard, and the Clark Sisters. In 2004 Kierra released her debut album, I Owe You. Her 2006 project, This Is Me, earned Sheard a Grammy nomination and a No. 1 spot on the Billboard Gospel charts. She went on to release several projects including Free with hit songs “You Don’t Know” and “Why Me.”
Along with her music, Kierra has pursued other endeavors through the years including her clothing line Eleven60, staying active in her father’s church (Greater Emmanuel Institutional), and giving back to the youth through her organization Bold Right Life (BRL).
Deitrick Haddon is known for his new-aged approach to Gospel music. The singer, songwriter, producer, and pastor began his career with the group Voices of Unity. His solo career started in 2002 with the project Lost & Found followed by Crossroads in 2004, and 7 Days in 2006. He continued to release more music through the years including his latest album, Masterpiece, released in 2015.
Today Haddon has in own church, Hill City Life, in Los Angeles, California and appeared on the hit show Preachers Of L.A.
BeBe & CeCe Winans
Born Benjamin and Priscilla Winans, BeBe and CeCe Winans are a brother sister Gospel musical duo. They are the seventh and eighth children of ten and are the younger siblings to the group, The Winans. They first appeared on the music scene with the group The PTL Singers in 1982. In 1987 the duo left the group and debuted as BeBe & CeCe Winans with their self titled album. BeBe & CeCe Winans earned them several Grammy nominations, Dove, and Stellar Awards.
Their music continued to dominate in both the the R&B and Gospel music genres. They went on to release several other projects through the years and also received many awards and accolades including: Three Grammys, Nine Dove Awards, Several Stellar Awards, and two NAACP Image Awards. The duo stopped recording music together and have had very successful careers as solo artist.
The Winans is a Gospel group consisting of brothers Marvin Winans, Carvin Winans, Miachael Winans, and Ronald Winans (deceased). The group was discovered by Andrae Crouch and released their first album, Introducing The Winans, in 1981. Like their younger siblings they were able to produce music for both R&B and Gospel audiences. From their start in 1981, the group created 10 studio albums and several compilation albums. As a group, The Winans brothers were nominated for 11 Grammys and won Five. The Winans are a pillar in the Gospel Community and have created timeless music.
The brothers have all gone on to do amazing things outside of the group. Marvin Winans is the founder and Pastor at Perfecting Church in Detroit. With his passion for education and giving back to Detroit, he created the Marvin L. Winans Academy of Performing Arts. Carvin Winans created music outside of the group and won five Grammys. He recently released a new single, “Once In A Lifetime.” Before his passing in 2005, Ronald Winans created several projects with the Ron Winans Family & Friends Choir.
J.Moss is a musician, producer and composer. He started his music career very young by traveling with his father’s group, Bill Moss & The Celestials. As a teenager, Moss teamed up with his brother Bill Moss Jr. and created the group The Moss Brothers. The Brothers created several albums together and had a regional headlining tour. After the group separated, Moss focussed on composition and production and became one third of the writing/production group PAJAM. The team went on to create both traditional and modern gospel music. In 2004, Moss released The J. Moss Project and is best known for its diversity in Gospel music. He continued to release several solo projects through the years. His most recent Grown Folks Gospel in 2014 and GFG Reloaded in 2016.
Fred Hammond is a vet in the industry and has reinvented himself through the years. Hammond began his music career at young by learning to play various instruments including the drums, piano and bass. His training led him to play bass for the legendary group, The Winans and toured with the group from 1980-1982. After returning to Detroit, Fred and several friends (Mitchell Jones, Karl Reid, Keith Staten, Michael Brooks, and Michael Williams) created the group, Commissioned. After much success with the group, Fred began his solo career with his song “I Am Persuaded” in 1991. After leaving the group in 1993, Hammond and his choir, Radical For Christ, began creating new music including Spirit of David and Purpose By Design. In 2001 Hammond created his own label, FHammond, and continued to created music throughout the years. Hammond as been nominated and won several awards including a Grammy, Stellar, and Dove awards.