1. Mary Mary
When these two sisters, Erica and Tina Atkins-Campbell, released their first song "Shackles (Praise You)," they captivated gospel music lovers as well as those who traditionally didn't listen to gospel with their urban contemporary sound. Multiple number one albums and three Grammy awards later, the gospel music duo is still making hits. They just released their sixth album, Something Big, last month.
2. BeBe and CeCe Winans
This brother-sister gospel duo come from a family with strong music roots, so it's no surprise how successful of a career they've had. They started out as a part of a group, The PTL Singers, in 1982 but five years later, they left and pursued a music career of their own. They dropped their first album, and became one of the first African American groups to receive airplay on Christian contemporary stations. Over twenty years later, they are "Still" huge influencers in gospel music.
Although "the Floacist" (Natalie Stewart) and "the Songstress" (Marsha Ambrosius) have gone on to pursue solo careers, they made an international mark on the music world as a British R&B duo. They started out as a group in 1997, and began doing shows in London. They quickly became a household name when they dropped their first album, Floetic, and remained one for the next decade, selling over 800,00 albums worldwide.
Hailing from Atlanta, Andre 3000 and Big Boi remain one of the most successful hip hop groups of all time. They've received six Grammy awards, released eight albums and sold over 25 million copies, and still receive praise for originality and artistic content. As recently as last year, Big Boi denied rumors that the group has broken up and claim they plan to return to the studio in the future.
5. Kindred the Family Soul
Married couple Fatin Dantzler and Aja Graydon dropped their debut R&B/neo-soul album, Surrender to Love, in 2003. They arrived on the scene around the same time as Jill Scott when neo-soul started to grow popularity. Their first album was nominated for a Soul Train and BET award, and they went on to release a second and third album.
------ By: Crystal Tate