J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise earn thier first GRAMMY nomination

'You Deserve It' sat at No. 1 for 21 weeks on the Billboard Gospel Digital Songs Sales Chart

Congratulations are in order for J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise. The group has earned its first GRAMMY® Award nomination for Best Gospel Performance/Song for their hit, “You Deserve It,” which hit the No. 1 spot on multiple Billboard music charts this year.  “This year has been filled with many great surprises, this one is truly an honor.” says Hairston  in a press release.

“You Deserve It” sat at No. 1 for 21 weeks on the Billboard Gospel Digital Songs Sales Chart, 18 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Gospel Songs Chart, 10 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Gospel Airplay Chart and 4 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Gospel Indicator Chart.

JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise get Grammy nomination

The  song is the first radio single from the group’s latest album, “You Deserve It” (JamesTown Records/eOne), which debuted atNo. 1 on Billboard’s Gospel Albums Sales Chart. It is also the first release under Hairston’s newly formed recording label, JamesTown Music. The group’s new radio single, “No Reason To Fear,” is rapidly climbing the Billboard Gospel Airplay Chart.

Hairston is currently based in the Washington, D.C. metro area and founded Youthful Praise  in 1991 as a youth group at Turner’s Faith Temple (TFT) in Bridgeport, CT.  Hairston has also launched a new syndicated radio show, Youthful Praise with JJ Hairston, on the Musical Soul Food Radio Network and he is finishing a book on marriage entitled, “Amazing Love,” with his wife, Trina, scheduled for publication in February 2018.


Sarah Hearn
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