Although American superstar rap artiste , Kanye West , started his career as a secular musician, in 2019, he released his first spiritual -themed album , Jesus is King .

In 2020, Kanye West has been named Billboard‘ s Top Gospel Artist of 2020 and is also the Top Male Gospel Artist of 2020.

According to Billboard, on the list of entertainers for the Top Gospel Artist chart , Kanye beat Kirk Franklin at No . 2 , Tasha Cobbs Leonard at No . 3 , Sunday Service Choir at No . 4 , Travis Greene at No . 5 , Marvin Sapp at No . 6 , Kierra Sheard at No . 7 , Koryn Hawthorne at No . 8 , Maverick City Music at No . 9 , and Jonathan McReynolds at No . 10.

Also, as for Top Male Gospel Artist , Kanye beat Kirk Franklin who sits at No . 2 , Travis Green at No . 3 , Marvin Sapp at No . 4 , and Jonathan McReynolds at No . 5 .

Billboard wrote , “West ’ s 2019 album , his first spiritual -themed set , Jesus Is King , opened atop Top Gospel Albums , Top Christian Albums and the all -genre Billboard 200 .

In its opening week on the Nov . 9 , 2019, dated lists, the set earned 264 , 000 equivalent album units, the biggest week ever for a faith-based album . Since its arrival , Jesus Is King has spent more than a year at No . 1 and is the No . 1 album on the Top Gospel Albums year -end tally.

“The No . 2 Christian Album of 2020 also comes from West ’ s world . Jesus Is Born , credited to the Sunday Service Choir ( with production by West ) , finishes in the runner-up position .

The album was released on Dec . 25, 2019. After just a day -and -a -half of tracking , Jesus Is Born entered Billboard’ s Top Gospel Albums chart ( dated Jan . 4 , 2020) at No . 2 starting with 6 , 000 equivalent album units earned ( 3,000 in album sales ) in the week ending Dec . 26, according to Nielsen Music / MRC Data .

Jesus Is Born peaked at No . 2 on Top Gospel Albums , not making it to the summit only because West ’ s own Jesus Is King LP was dominating at No . 1 . Sunday Service Choir is also the leading gospel group of 2020. ”

Billboard further stated that Kanye West ’ s, Follow God song was the number one song of the year on Hot Gospel Songs .

“Meanwhile , the lead track on Jesus Is King , “Follow God , ” is the No . 1 song of the year on Hot Gospel Songs , which is powered by streaming, airplay and sales.

“Follow God ” has spent more than 40 weeks at No . 1 .

Concurrently , it is the No . 1 song on the year -end Gospel Streaming Songs list and No . 2 on Gospel Digital Song Sales .

“Plus , West ’ s “Wash Us in the Blood , ” featuring Travis Scott , is the No . 4 Hot Gospel Songs title of 2020. “Wash Us ” started at No . 1 on both Hot Gospel Songs and Hot Christian Songs on the surveys dated July 11.

It reigned for eight weeks on the former and two frames on the latter .

It ’ s also the No . 1 song of 2020 on Gospel Digital Song Sales , ” Billboard wrote .