The genres of Country and Gospel music have been intertwined for a long time. Many country artists will talk about their faith in song lyrics, while numerous country artists have been inspired to record complete gospel albums of their own.
Below are 5 country music artists who recorded their own full gospel albums, expressing their faith, hope, redemption, and love:
In 2017, Reba McEntire launched her first gospel album named Sing It Now: Songs of Faith and Hope, consisting of two discs. The first one showcased McEntire’s rendition of conventional hymns, while the second disc consisted of original tracks. The album won the GMA Dove Award for Bluegrass/Country/Roots Album of the Year and the Grammy Award for Best Roots Gospel Album.
Most recently, McEntire released her second gospel album, My Chains Are Gone in 2022.
Alan Jackson has released two gospel albums named Precious Memories and Precious Memories Volume II, which were released in 2006 and 2013. The first installment of Precious Memories reached No. 1 on both the Top Country Albums chart and the Top Christian Albums chart.
Carrie Underwood’s Gospel album My Savior is her eighth studio album. It was released on March 26, 2021, through Capitol Records Nashville. The gospel album features thirteen tracks, with production from Underwood and David Garcia. The album won a Grammy Award for Best Roots Gospel Album in 2021.
George Jones released his 58th studio album The Gospel Collection in April, 2003. The album peaked at number 19 on the Billboard country albums chart and number 3 on the Billboard Christian albums chart.
In 1999, Parton released a gospel album titled Precious Memories, which was exclusively sold at her Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The proceeds from the album sales were donated to the Dollywood Foundation, which aids in supporting her Imagination Library program.
Additionally, Dolly Parton was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2009.