3 Famous Christian Singers Who Overcame Depression with God (2022)

Music transcends boundaries to connect with people when other forms of expression fall short. The song lyrics of Christian music in particular can bring a sense of healing that emboldens the believer and transforms the unbeliever.

Here are 3 top-selling Christian music singers who were transformed by Christ, and who now use their music to encourage others to trust in God’s plan for His children during life’s trials and triumphs alike.

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1. Zach Williams: A Journey towards Sobriety and Repentance

Zach Williams is a Grammy Award-winning Christian rock artist known for his debut smash single, “ChainBreaker.” Williams grew up in Arkansas in a Christian household filled with music and faith. Despite this nurturing home and strong church life, Williams would go on to live a cautionary tale of finding rock music stardom at the expense of his faith and family life.

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Williams began his music career in 2007 as the frontman for the southern rock band Zach Williams & The Reformation. The success of the rock band ensnared Williams in the pitfalls of the rock star lifestyle, including drug and alcohol abuse. Williams’s hard partying lifestyle pushed his marriage to the brink of divorce and made Williams feel lost and miserable.

By 2012, Williams felt that although he was living a life far from God, God continued to pursue him. It was while on tour with his rock band in Spain that Williams believes that God spoke to him through the lyrics of a song playing over the radio—"Redeemed” by Big Daddy Weave.

Williams describes listening to that song as an “aha moment” when God asked him to take an honest look at the destructive path his poor choices were leading him down. Transformed by that encounter with God, Williams decided to change the course of his life. He quit the band and returned home to ask his wife and children for forgiveness and hand his life over to Christ.

After embracing sobriety and repentance, Williams worked for a time in construction and as the campus director and worship leader of the church he and his family began attending. It was during this time that a Christian music producer and songwriter heard Williams sing. That connection led to Williams’s return to music, this time in the Christian rock genre. Williams released his first solo album “Chain Breaker” in 2016. That album won the artist a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album.

Zach Williams continues to find success with a strong sense of purpose as an artist striving to spread the message of Christ’s salvation. Most recently, Williams teamed up with country music legend Dolly Parton on the duet, “There Was Jesus.”

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2. Mike Weaver from Big Daddy Weave: From Discouragement to Hope in Christ

The band that galvanized singer Zach Williams to return to his Christian roots almost disbanded years earlier, according to Mike Weaver, lead singer of contemporary Christian band Big Daddy Weave.

Weaver was a college student and worship leader in 1998 when Big Daddy Weave was formed on the campus of the University of Mobile in Alabama. The band’s unique name is a nod to Weaver’s two nicknames—“Big Daddy” for Weaver’s heavy-set size, and “Weave” for his last name. The award-winning band consists of Weaver, his brother Jay, Jeremy Redmon, Joe Shirk, and Brian Beihl.

The band got its start by performing at church camps and youth groups across the country before becoming successful enough to play in larger venues. Although the band’s focus was always to bring fans closer to God, by 2012 Weaver’s personal struggle with depression and low self-esteem led him to doubt that the band’s efforts were making a difference in people’s lives.

Then, during one of the band’s shows, Weaver decided to come down from the stage and ask the concertgoers if anyone needed to be prayed for. That singular gesture caused an outpouring of prayer requests from audience members and sparked the band’s powerful connection with their fans that continues to this day.

Weaver credits God with helping the band relate so strongly to audiences. Weaver believes that Big Daddy Weave’s success began to climb once the band shifted its focus from worrying about initially low ticket sales to worshipping God through group prayer during shows.

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Now, stepping off the stage and offering to pray for concertgoers is a regular fixture at the end of Big Daddy Weave shows. Weaver is thankful whenever fans tell him that the band’s vulnerability gave those fans hope when they were down on their luck or struggling with negative feelings.

After nine albums and multiple tours, Big Daddy Weave continues to enjoy popularity on the Christian music charts. The band’s signature song, “Redeemed,” spent a whopping 11 weeks at No. 1 on the Christian music charts. The band’s most recent hit song, “I Know,” highlights God’s infinite goodness and our identity in Christ through His sacrifice for us.

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3. Mandisa: Her Victory Over Depression and Unbelief

Mandisa is a Grammy Award-winning gospel and contemporary Christian artist who initially rose to fame as a popular contestant on the TV singing competition American Idol.

Born Mandisa Lynn Hundley, this California native grew up singing in church. After high school, Mandisa studied vocal jazz and graduated from Nashville’s Fisk University with a bachelor’s degree in music. Mandisa got into the music business first as a backup singer for well-known artists such as Shania Twain and Trisha Yearwood.

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In 2006, Mandisa secured a spot on the 5th season of American Idol, where she’d go on to place 9th in the competition. Mandisa’s performances on American Idol caught the eye of record producers at Sparrow Records, who signed her to a record deal in 2007.

In July of that year, Mandisa released her first full-length album, “True Beauty,” which debuted at No. 1 on the Top Christian Albums charts. Notably, that was the first time a new female artist debuted at No. 1 in the chart’s history. In 2014, Mandisa’s fourth album, “Overcomer,” won a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album.

During this period of immense professional success, Mandisa suffered personal tragedy when a close friend succumbed to cancer. This personal loss plunged the artist into a deep depression which caused her to withdraw from the public eye, stop going to church, and question her relationship with God.

In particular, Mandisa questioned the power of prayer and wrestled with the feelings of betrayal that gripped her when her prayers for her friend’s cancer battle went unanswered.

Mandisa returned to music in 2017 with the release of her album “Out of the Dark.” Mandisa now speaks candidly about her journey through depression and unbelief. She credits the Lord Almighty for pulling her out of the darkness of both.

As for the power of prayer, Mandisa rejoices that God answered her many years of prayers after her older brother, John, accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior. Mandisa’s brother had been the subject of her song, “Dear John,” in which the artist sang of her hope for her brother’s conversion.

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Mandisa’s recent release, “You Keep Hope Alive,” speaks to the singer’s rekindled trust in God’s dominion over darkness and in the saving grace of Jesus’s Resurrection.

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Dolores Smyth is a nationally published faith and parenting writer. She draws inspiration for her writing from everyday life. Connect with her over Twitter @byDoloresSmyth.

FAQs

Who is the most famous Christian singer? ›

popularity is the % of people who have a positive opinion of a gospel & christian music artist. Find out more
  • 1 Amy Grant46%
  • 2 Mahalia Jackson37%
  • 3 Ruben Studdard32%
  • 4 CeCe Winans31%
  • 5 Casting Crowns30%
  • Michael W. Smith26%
  • 7 MercyMe25%
  • 8 Chris Tomlin25%

Who experienced depression in the Bible? ›

Elijah, a prophet, Biblical hero, and person of faith, was seriously depressed.

What does Christianity say about depression? ›

The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” The Good News: While depression can make you feel lonely, God is still there with you. And he's not going anywhere.

Who has mental health issues in the Bible? ›

One thing is certain -- King Saul was a long time sufferer of mental distress, whatever its cause. David had his moral weaknesses, but mental illness does not seem to have been a problem for him (at least not until much later in his life). He did, however, feign mental illness to get himself out of a bind.

Who is the number 1 gospel singer? ›

1. Mahalia Jackson. No list of the best gospel singers is complete without Mahalia Jackson. She was the pioneer of the “Golden Age of Gospel” and a driving force behind the rise of the genres of modern gospel and gospel blues.

Who is the most famous gospel singer in the world? ›

The undisputed Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin started her legendary career singing gospel at new Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit and the influence of those years never truly left her music.

Is depression considered a sin? ›

Depression is associated with sin because people experiencing depression are seen to lack some of the spiritual fruits that are regarded as evidence of genuine Christian faith: When dealing with people in the church... some see mental illness as a weakness —a sign you don't have enough faith.

Who went through hard times in the Bible? ›

MOSES. Moses is another Bible character who suffered several instances of hard times. He struggled to believe he could deliver his people from Egypt, and he ran into the wilderness until God appeared to him at the burning bush and called him to do exactly what he had run away from.

What does God say about depression and anxiety? ›

"Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you." "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God." "When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears and delivers them out of all their troubles."

What part of the Bible helps with depression? ›

Psalm 34:17-18

The Lord hears his people when they call to him for help. He rescues them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.

How does God view mental illness? ›

In Christ, God shares in the kinds of suffering that we call mental illnesses. Mental illness is not a failure of Christian faith; it is a challenge to Christian faithfulness.

Is there depression in the Bible? ›

In the New Testament, one of the best examples of depression can be found in the Apostle Paul. In 1 Corinthians 1:3-8, Paul writes about being in complete despair and says, “burdened beyond our strength ….” The Greek word for despair in those verses literally means to be utterly at loss and to renounce all hope.

What is a good Bible verse for mental health? ›

2 Timothy 1:7

“For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” “This verse sums up my calling as a Christian with severe mental illness. I take comfort in the knowledge that God has seen every thought and image and knows what fears and anxieties we go through with our disorders.

Who is a strong woman in the Bible? ›

Deborah the Prophetess and Only Female Judge in the History of Christianity. Out of all the Biblical women in history, Deborah emerged as an exceptional military leader. Fearless and obedient to God, She led the Israelites to victory and out of bondage. She was a prophetess and the fourth judge of pre-monarchic Israel.

What does the Bible say about tattoos? ›

Today they're common everywhere from Maori communities in New Zealand to office parks in Ohio. But in the ancient Middle East, the writers of the Hebrew Bible forbade tattooing. Per Leviticus 19:28, “You shall not make gashes in your flesh for the dead, or incise any marks on yourselves.”

Who is the biggest selling gospel singer? ›

Winans is considered to be one of the greatest gospel artists of all time, the most-awarded gospel artist of all time, and is the best-selling gospel act of all time.

Who is the best female gospel singer? ›

15 Of The Greatest And Most Famous Female Gospel Singers Of All...
  • Mahalia Jackson.
  • Tamela Mann.
  • CeCe Winans.
  • Vickie Winans.
  • Shirley Caesar.
  • Aretha Franklin.
  • Dionne Warwick.
  • Yolanda Adams.

What is the number 1 gospel song of all time? ›

51 Best Gospel Songs of All Time
  • Here I am To Worship – Hillsong Worship. ...
  • Shackles (Praise You) – Mary Mary. ...
  • The Cross – Prince. ...
  • Mary Don't You Weep – Aretha Franklin. ...
  • Oh Happy Day – The Edwin Hawkins Singers. ...
  • Days of Elijah – Robin Mark. ...
  • Never Would Have Made it – Marvin Snapp. ...
  • When Mama Prayed – Randy Travis.
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Who are the greatest gospel singers? ›

So, who are the best gospel singers? Any list of gospel artists has to include male gospel singers like Kirk Franklin, Marvin Sapp, BeBe Winans, and Fred Hammond, as well as female Christian singers like CeCe Winans, Yalonda Adams and Shirley Caesar.

Who is the best male gospel singer in the world? ›

15 Of The Greatest And Most Famous Male Gospel Singers Of All...
  • Kirk Franklin.
  • Jonathan McReynolds.
  • Donnie McClurkin.
  • Marvin Sapp.
  • Israel Houghton.
  • Fred Hammond.
  • Sam Cooke.
  • BeBe Winans.
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Who was father of gospel music? ›

During the early 1930s, Thomas Dorsey created gospel music -- the African American religious music which married secular blues to a sacred text.

Is depression curable or just treatable? ›

There's no cure for depression, but there are lots of effective treatments. People can recover from depression and live long and healthy lives.

Is worrying a sin? ›

In Matthew 6, Jesus tells us not to worry at least four times and nine verses are devoted to shaking us from our worries. Over the years, Christians have used this passage as the basis to call worry a sin, and as such, really mentally torment worriers.

Who suffered the longest in the Bible? ›

He had the longest lifespan of all those given in the Bible, dying at the age of 969.
...
Methuselah
ChildrenLamech, and other sons and daughters
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Who in the Bible had encounters with God? ›

BIBLICAL EXAMPLES OF MEN WITH DIVINE ENCOUNTER
  • Abraham (Gen. 15:5, 17:1-22, 18:1- 18): Abraham was a man that had several encounters in the Bible! ...
  • Isaac: (Gen. 26;2-6, 28-30): Isaac, the son of Abraham also had his own encounter with God. ...
  • Jacob(Gen.
22 Feb 2022

How do I give my anxiety to God? ›

How do we send our anxiety to God? First, Conclusively: “cast” refers to “once and for all, throw our burdens to Jesus!” When the worries of life press us down, we do not have to bear them! Thank God, He is willing to carry our load. Thirdly, notice “all your anxiety.” He tells us to give Him everything!

What is a good prayer for anxiety? ›

Loving God, please grant me peace of mind and calm my troubled heart. My soul is like a turbulent sea. I can't seem to find my balance so I stumble and worry constantly. Give me the strength and clarity of mind to find my purpose and walk the path you've laid out for me.

What is the best Bible verse for anxiety? ›

These Bible verses are perfect for those looking to soothe anxious thoughts or find relief after an anxiety spiral, taken from the New Living Translation.
  • John 15:5. ...
  • John 15:7. ...
  • John 16:33. ...
  • Hebrews 13:6. ...
  • Hebrews 4:16. ...
  • Hebrews 11:1. ...
  • Proverbs 3:6. ...
  • Psalm 9:9. The Lord is a shelter for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.
15 Oct 2021

Where in the Bible does it talk about depression? ›

Psalm 34:17-18

The Lord hears his people when they call to him for help. He rescues them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.

What is the story of Elijah in the Bible? ›

Elijah was a mighty prophet during a turbulent time in Israel's history. The nation had turned away from the Lord to worship Baal, and King Ahab had formed an alliance with Sidon by marrying their princess, Jezebel. Elijah was sent to show Israel the evil of their ways and encourage them to return to the Lord.

Who got discouraged in the Bible? ›

Biblical Example of Discouragement – Jonah

He was angry at what he had passed through that he asked God to take his life. In case you're wondering what he passed through, he was swallowed up by a great fish and he fell into despair.

Who was tired in the Bible? ›

Let's put it this way: Jesus was plum tuckered out. The headaches causing Him to leave (John 4:1-2), sent Him on a long, arduous journey to Galilee (John 4:3), and our Savior grew weary, which called for a pit stop in Samaria (John 4:5-6). And John says He “sat down at the well.” In other words, our Savior rested.

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