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This list is specifically for Christian music performers in the Gospel music genres who have either been very important to the genre, or have had a considerable amount of exposure, such as in the case of one that has been on a major label, but not limited to such. The Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music (2002) defines CCM as "music that appeals to self-identified fans of contemporary Christian music on account of a perceived connection to what they regard as Christianity". Based on this definition, this list includes artists that work in the Christian music industry as well as artists in the general market.
Bands are listed by the first letter in their name (not including the words "a", "an", or "the"), and individuals are listed by family name.
Note: Because classifying gospel music can be arbitrary, these groupings are generalized and many artists appear on multiple lists.