Here are the top stories as we see it, that came across the news wire this week in Gospel/Christian music.
Top selling independent recording artist Jekalyn Carr currently is celebrating three #1’s across Billboard and Mediabase charts this week. Carr’s 4th independent release ONE NATION UNDER GOD debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums and Top Digital Gospel Albums chart this week. This marks her second consecutive Billboard #1 Gospel Album (The Life Project). The album’s lead single “You Will Win,” which is produced and written by Carr’s father, Allen Carr, spends six consecutive weeks at #1 on Billboard’s Gospel National Airplay chart and five weeks at # 1 on Mediabase Gospel Airplay chart this week.
Spotify, is paying tribute to Rev. Billy Graham upon his passing with a special playlist, Rev. Billy Graham – In Memorium. Among the artists featured on the playlist are: Alan Jackson, Amy Grant, Andrae Crouch, Bart Millard, Casting Crowns, DC Talk, Don Moen, Cliff Barrows, Elvis Presley, For King & Country, George Beverly Shea, Jason Crabb, Jim Reeves, Joey & Rory, Johnny Cash, Mahalia Jackson, Michael W. Smith, the Oak Ridge Boys, Reba McEntire, Selah, TobyMac, U2, and many more.
Notable worship leader, songstress Maranda Curtis releases new single “Nobody Like You Lord,” on all digital sales and streaming platforms today. Right in line with the sound of today’s worship, “Nobody Like You Lord” is perfectly suited for corporate and personal worship. The single precedes her upcoming project OPEN HEAVEN which will include seven all-new songs. Recorded live in Delaware, OPEN HEAVEN, captures the essence of powerhouse worship that defines Maranda Curtis. The album offers an elevated sound that will include styles new to Curtis’ well known fare.
LOS PROFETAS, an Urban/Latin super duo made up of brothers Frank and Miguel Estrada, light up Christian music with their new single, “Light It Up” featuring former Group 1 Crew member Pablo Villatoro.
Passion’s latest, Whole Heart debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Christian Albums Chart, Whole Heart is the ninth release from Passion to do so. The album also claimed the No. 5 spot on Billboard’s Digital Albums Chart and No. 8 on Billboard’s Top Album Sales Chart, hitting within the top 40 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart.