Best Gospel Artist - 2012
It would be impossible to write about young gospel starlet Cheneta Jones without first taking an inappropriately long pause to contemplate her sex appeal. Onstage, she's a sultry and riveting presence, and she clearly could have had a promising career on the urban R&B circuit. But in 2008, Jones left that scene to devote herself fully to musical ministry, to fusing relentlessly catchy neo-soul soundscapes with devoted spirituality. And though her sound and dizzyingly melismatic phrasing are absolutely contemporary, her recent single "Get There" floats along on a beautiful piano-based melody and then soars into the same glorious, civil-rights-inspired skies of "A Change Is Gonna Come" itself. Jones' voice could make a believer out of anyone.