Some church folk claim that artists who started singing Gospel in the church and then crossed over to R&B and pop have abandoned the faith. But these nine Divas have kept one foot in the church and the other in the charts and shown that they have the power to move both bodies and souls during their career.
Check out this slideshow of Gospel and R&B hits from these great women. What Divas who sing both would you add to this list?
Whitney Houston's Gospel
Whitney Houston's most powerful Gospel medley, performed with Cece Winans.
Whitney Houston's R&B
Whitney Houston performs "I Will Always Love You."
Donna Summer's Gospel
Donna Summer sings "Amazing Grace" in Nashville.
Donna Summer's R&B
Donna Summer in 1978 singing "Last Dance."
Beyonce performs the Fighting Temptations' "He Still Loves Me."
Beyonce performs "Let's Move."
Mary J. Blige's Gospel
Mary J. Blige sings "Amazing Grace" a capella.
Mary J. Blige's R&B
Mary J. Blige sings "Be Without You" at the 2007 Grammys.
Dionne Warwick's Gospel
Dionne Warwick sings "Battle Hymn of the Republic."
Dionne Warwick's R&B
Dionne Warwick and Whitney Houston perform "That's What Friends Are For."
Kelly Price's Gospel
Kelly Price sings "I Know Who Holds Tomorrow" during the "Gospel Angels: A Concert to Restore Hope" benefit concert to aid Hurricane Katrina victims.
Kelly Price's R&B
Kelly Price performing "How Does It Feel (Married Your Girl)."
Aretha Franklin's Gospel
Aretha Franklin singing "Amazing Grace" at a Gospel Fest in New York 2005.
Aretha Franklin's R&B
The first lady of soul sings "Respect."
Patti LaBelle's Gospel
Patti LaBelle sings "Changed."
Patti LaBelle's R&B
Patti LaBelle sings "Lady Marmalade" with Christina Aguilera, Pink, Lil' Kim and Mýa.
Mavis Staples' Gospel
Mavis Staples sings "Wade In The Water" at The Lowell Summer Music Series.
Mavis Staples' R&B
Mavis Staples performs "See That My Grave Is Kept Clean."