There was a wonderful surprise awaiting Anthony Brown a few days ago when he returned to his alma mater, Morgan State University, on the anniversary of Anthony Brown & group therAPy’s first Billboard No. 1 hit, “Worth,” which topped the Billboard Gospel Airplay chart for the first of 24 weeks on September 19, 2015. Brown’s former piano professor, Dr. Eric Conway, Chairperson of the Fine Arts Department, was on hand to welcome him back to the institution that polished his natural musical gifts. Also, on hand to celebrate him were gospel stars, Maurette Brown Clark, and Stephen Hurd, who read a special letter of congratulations from the Mayor of Baltimore, Bernard C. Young.
As Brown was closing his remarks, Tyscot Records President, Bryant Scott, strolled on stage and surprised him with a large R.I.A.A. certified gold record plaque signifying over 500,000 units sold for the digital single of “Worth.” Brown was genuinely caught off guard and overcome with emotion as he called his parents to the stage to accept the award with him. “We hope that it will be the first of many for you,” Scott said. Out of the hundreds of gold and platinum certifications this year, only four have gone to gospel acts.
Ironically, Anthony Brown & group therAPy’s current radio single, “Blessings on Blessings,” reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Gospel Airplay chart on this anniversary week. It’s the lead single from the act’s forthcoming album, Second Wind (Key of A/ Tyscot/ FairTrade), which will release October 18th.