Dathan Thigpen
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Dathan Thigpen

Atlanta, Georgia, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2010 | MAJOR

Atlanta, Georgia, United States | MAJOR
Established on Jan, 2010
Solo Christian Gospel



The best kept secret in music


"Jackson native wins BET's Sunday Best competition"

Jackson, Miss. native Dathan Thigpen was the winner of BET's Sunday Best gospel singing competition.

Thigpen, who graduated from Forrest Hill High School and Jackson State University, won the eighth season of the competition which is hosted by gospel music star Kirk Franklin. Thigpen received a recording contract with Franklin’s record label, Fo Yo Soul Recordings, and cash prizes.

Thigpen was eliminated in Season 3, but was chosen by fans to return for the eighth season of the show. - The Clarion Ledger

"BET’s ‘Sunday Best’ crowns JSU alum Thigpen its Season 8 All-Star winner"

Jackson State University alum Dathan Thigpen captured the top prize on Season 8 of BET’s All-Star “Sunday Best” during the reality Gospel singing competition that aired Aug. 30.

Thigpen captured the crown after the show’s judges had selected him as one of three finalists.

Host Kirk Franklin said millions of votes were cast, with Thigpen named the ultimate winner. His selection was followed by thunderous applause and a rain of confetti.

A native of Jackson, Thigpen is a singer, songwriter, musician and actor. Formerly, he performed with the Mississippi Children’s Choir and the Mississippi Mass Choir.

He extended a heartfelt “thank you” to his JSU alma mater for its support via social media in helping him become victorious.

During Sunday’s live show, Thigpen performed a duet with Grammy-nominated and Stellar Award-winning artist Tye Tribbett. The two presented a high-energy medley of Tribbett’s hits “You Are Everything” and “You Are Good.” The awe-inspiring act featured a glow-in-the-dark light suit hip-hop dance routine that left the judges, the studio audience and fans mesmerized.

Among Thigpen’s past credits include performing and teaching praise and worship in Bulgaria, Poland, Spain and South America.

His notable musical collaborations also include working with professional performers Lalah Hathaway, Fred Hammond and Angie Stone.

In addition, Thigpen has appeared in “Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Neighbors From Hell” and “Scary Movie 5.”

As the “Sunday Best” winner, Thigpen will receive a national recording contract with Franklin’s Fo Yo Soul/RCA record label and a cash prize. - Jackson State University Newsroom


"Mama Christmas"

"There is Hope," & "Thank You Lord" on the Child of The King CD, MS Children's Choir

"Let's Change The World" on the New Creation CD, MS Children's Choir

"Things Go Better with Christ," "I'm Blessed (rap)" and "Remember Me" on When God's Children Get Together, MS Children's Choir

"Amazing Love" on Amazing Love, Mississippi Mass Choir (2002)

"He'll never change", on the Vernon Moore & the Urgency Project (2004)



Dathan Thigpen is an anointed singer, songwriter, musician and actor. Although he proudly laid his foundation in Jackson, MS with his humble beginnings in the local church and with the Mississippi Children's Choir and the Mississippi Mass Choir,  his talents have opened numerous doors for him on a national and international stage.  His music ministry has taken him around the world performing and teaching Praise and Worship in Bulgaria, Poland, Spain and South Africa
Dathan Thigpen is an actor, known for his role as Desi in Tyler Perry's Madea's Neighbors From Hell. He has also had roles and appearances in MisQues Independent Film (2014),  Scary Movie 5 (2013), and The Haves and the Have Nots (2013). He has recorded with music stars such as : Lalah Hathaway , PJ Morton, Fred Hammond, Angie Stone, and several others on the song "You Are My Worship" on John P Kee' & New Life Life and Favor project  (2012). He was a cast member on BET's Sunday Best Season 3- Top 6 (2010). His fans voted to bring him back on to BET's Sunday Best  Season 8 All Stars edition. On Sunday, August 30, 2015 he was crowned the winner of BET's Sunday Best Season 8 All Stars. As the winner he received a recording contract with Fo Yo Soul/ RCA Records as well as a cash prize.
Fans are encouraged to follow Dathan on social media FB, IG, Twitter, Periscope @dathanthigpen.