As of November 2015, black gospel music artists include Marvin Sapp and Tamela Mann. Both artists' songs are performed by church choirs across the country, have reached top spots on Billboard's Top Gospel Songs chart and have received gospel music awards, including the Stellar Award and BET Gospel Music Awards.
After a previous career with the gospel group Commissioned, Marvin Sapp released the song "I Believe," which appeared on a collection called "WOW Gospel" in 2002. He followed the release with his full-length album, "I Believe," later that year. After two more album releases, Sapp released "Thirsty," an album that included his number one Billboard hit "Never Would Have Made It" in 2007. His next album, "Here I Am," made history, debuting higher on the Billboard chart than any gospel album in 50 years.
Tamela Mann made her debut on the gospel music charts with a spot in fellow artist Kirk Franklin's choir, "The Family." Her solo career began in 2005 with her album "Gotta Keep Movin'." Mann's albums have earned her Stellar Gospel Music Awards, BET Gospel Music Awards and number one spots on Billboard's gospel music charts. Tamela Mann is also known for her role as Cora Simmons in Tyler Perry's plays and movies, such as "Madea Goes to Jail," "Madea's Family Reunion" and "Meet the Browns."