5 Uplifting Gospel Tracks

Our favorite songs from a selection of gospel artists performing at the 2013 ESSENCE Festival.

Monique Valeris Apr, 22, 2013
"The Prayer" by Donnie McClurkin and Yolanda Adams

Any lover of gospel couldn't ask for more than a song by two of the music genre's icons: Donnie McClurkin and Yolanda Adams. Donnie will be honored during a special gospel tribute at the ESSENCE Festival July 4th weekend in New Orleans. Yolanda is one of the many gospel performers who will join the celebration.

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"Heard a Word" by Michelle Williams

This single from Michelle Williams' 2002 Heart to Yours debut solo album reminds listeners that challenges in life are promised but there's always hope to overcome them.

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"Clean This House" by Isaac Carree

If this song is any proof, Isaac Carree truly knows a great deal about what it means to be forgiven.

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"Sweeter" by Kim Burrell

This track, which brought Kim Burrell a 2012 Dove Award for Urban Recorded Song of the Year, showcases the singer's vocals beautifully.

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"I Never Lost My Praise" by Lady Tramaine Hawkins

Lady Tramaine Hawkins will be honored along with Donnie MClurkin at the ESSENCE Festival's Gospel Tribute in New Orleans during July 4th weekend. Kurt Carr, who will also take part in the celebration, produced this inspirational track for Lady Tramaine and it's a must for any gospel playlist.

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