8 Female Christian Singers You Should Know
Nicole C. Mullen
Aileen Nicole Coleman-Mullen began her career in the Christian music industry in the early 1990s with the release of Don't Let Me Go, her first of fourteen albums. She has sung backup vocals for Michael Smith, written Jaci Velasquez' hit "On My Knees", and danced with Amy Grant on her Heart In Motion tour promoting an album that hit the five million sale mark making it the best-selling Christian album in history.
Mullen's multifarious career has led her to establish outreach programs such as, The Baby Girls Club, helping girls to find Christ through the arts. Mullen is a pro-life activist and youth leader helping inner city children reach their potential; she has even taken her heart of compassion to International Needs Network Ghana, an organization that works to free Trokosi slaves in Ghana.
Nicole lives with her husband Dave Mullen and their children.
Kari was born in Texas to a pastor father, she became a born-again Christian at the age of five. After graduating college with pastoral and psychology degrees from ORU, DBU and CFNI, Kari became an associate worship pastor at Gateway Church in South Lake, Texas.
"....the formative years of my life church was a big deal. I loved it." --Kari Jobe
Kari release a live concert album titled, Throneroom Worship, and a Christmas album titled, Bethleham, prior to her 2009 self-titled album, Kari Jobe, that landed her in the spotlight of the Christian music scene. After winning two Dove Awards for Special Event Album of the Year and Spanish Language album, she release Where I Find You (2012) and Magestic (2014).
Sarah Monteen and Sarah Dossey, Christian singers out of Austin, are the duo that make up The Reliques. The Reliques are a unique group in that two young girls from the South are expressing their faith through folk music. These two have yet to reach national attention, almost exclusively playing small shows in their home state, but with the amount of determination these two have showed raising funds on kickstarter for their first full length album and working to promote their music on youtube where they've filmed themselves performing covers and original material. Keep your eyes on these guys, they've got amazing potential.
Natalie Grant's musical career began in the late 90s. Despite that she was already close to thirty years old and just entering the industry Grant knew what God was leading her to. Very little success or recognition came her first few years due to her label misrepresenting her and using her looks as a selling point rather than the material she produced; nevertheless, Grant proved herself three albums later with hits such as, "Held" and "In Better Hands".
Grant has released eight albums since her emergence in Christian music and in 2005 published a book entitled; "The Real Me: Being the Girl God Sees" where she delves into her past suffering from bulimia and her journey to healing with the help of God. Between 2006 and 2012, Grant won five Dove Awards for Female Vocalist of the Year (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012) and was nominated for a Grammy in 2012.
She lives in Nashville with her husband Bernie Herms and their three daughters.
Underrated Artist Bethany Dillon
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At just 25, Bethany Dillon has put out six full length albums, had nine songs peak on the US Christian Songs Billboard and been nominated for four Dove Awards. On top of all of those accomplishments, Dillon is also a wife and mother.
Take note that much of Dillon's work has a much more somber feel to it than most popular Christian music.
Sarah Reeves had willingly faded out of the music scene for a while after feeling that success was going to her head. She reappeared in mid-2013 continuing to upload covers accompanied by her piano to her youtube channel where she has just over 25,000 subscribers.
Reeves has one album entitled "Broken Things" that can be purchased through her website. She can also be booked for church services or events through her website.
Britt Nicole grew up singing in her church choir and became involved in the daily program at Truth Temple. Nicole turned down a scholarship from Belmont University to pursue the music career that she felt God led her to.
Nicole has released three albums since 2007 and has been nominated for Best Female Vocalist at the Dove Awards. Her most recent album, Gold, was nominated for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album at the Grammy in 2013.
She is married to Joshua Crosby and gave birth to a baby girl July 2013.
For being such a tiny person Kerrie Roberts has a beautifully powerful voice. Kerrie explains in her bio how church had been a huge part of her musical beginnings and how watching her pastor father reach out to hurting people in their times of despair taught her to give hop and encouragement to those who needed it.
Roberts began her music career after college but it wasn't until several years later that her first album was release. Roberts made it a priority to not jump at the first offer but to wait for the right situation to present itself. Roberts self-title album, Kerrie Roberts was released August 2010 the three singles from the album all hitting the billboard charts with the most successful being No Matter What charting at number nine.
Her second album, Time for the Show was release April 2013 doing equally well as the first. The album received four and five star rating from critics.
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