Charles Jenkins’ “He’ll Make It Alright” #1 On Billboard Gospel Airplay

Global spiritual leader, thought provoker and celebrated GRAMMY-recognized, Stellar Award-winning artist Charles Jenkins celebrates his fourth #1 single on Billboard’s Gospel National Airplay chart with, “He’ll Make It Alright” (Charles Jenkins & Fellowship of Chicago). Fresh off the release of his new book, SEASONS: How To Grow And Succeed During Times Of Transition, the #1 single marks his 14th Billboard honor. Jenkins’ SEASONS is available now on Amazon.com and at CharlesJenkins.com; the single “He’ll Make It Alright” is available on all major digital streaming and retail outlets.

The newly dubbed #1 Billboard National Gospel Airplay single “He’ll Make It Alright” features Jenkins’ signature vocals, progressive instrumentation and serves as a simple reminder during the Pandemic that “everything will be alright.” The accompanied visual showcases a celebration of how to celebrate and dance through any storm of life. Following, “He’ll Make It Alright” will be Charles Jenkins’ spin on the GRAMMY winning 80’s classic, “Never Knew Love Like This Before.”

Charles Jenkins exclusively shared with Billboard, “Number one means your message in the music is being spread widely! That’s the joy! In such a complex time in history I am excited to write an uplifting song to remind people of God’s ability and faithfulness. I’m also so grateful to work with so many amazing individuals including people like radio promoter, Tracey Artis, who I am forever grateful to for her impetuous friendship, constant excellence and her super human drive for good in the world.”

SEASONS by Charles Jenkins seeks to give readers clear direction on any transition in their lives. After serving as pastor for two decades, Jenkins made the difficult decision to retire from full-time ministry and dive into other areas of his life. His decision to retire full time from the pulpit sparked 48-hours of trending questions on social media – “Is your season in this role over?” “What season of life are you in?” and “How do you know when it’s time to leave?” In SEASONS, Jenkins provides answers to the questions. The stories and principles leap off of the pages, as he inspires people to consider that they might be on the verge of a new season. SEASONS describes concrete practices that help people take the next step in the various seasons of transition that life will offer.

Charles Jenkins is celebrated as a man of faith, connector, deal maker, problem solver, community builder, entrepreneur, humanitarian and friend. For over two decades he served as the Senior Pastor of the historic Fellowship Baptist Church in Chicago. His socially relevant and impactful services drew thousands of new members, while he implemented and championed dynamic life-changing community-based programming. Jenkins is also a multi award-winning songwriter and acclaimed gospel artist with GRAMMY recognition, 14 Billboard #1 honors, 9 Stellar Gospel Music Awards, and more. He is a member of Morehouse College’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Board of Scholars and Preachers. Jenkins is married to accomplished speaker and author Dr. Tara Rawls Jenkins and together they parent 3 children.

“I have witnessed the music and ministry of Charles Jenkins for many years and every round of his career is filled with music that captivates audiences worldwide. I am proud to have had the opportunity to promote his music and to work alongside him,” shares Tracey Artis, founder of promotions and marketing firm, I Hear Music In The Air, Inc.

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Centricity Music Partners With ADA Worldwide For Distribution

Centricity Music, the No. 1 Billboard Top Christian Albums Imprint for the third consecutive year, partners with Warner Music Group’s ADA Worldwide for distribution in 2021 and following 10 years with CCMG/Universal. Known for its commitment to artist development and stylistic diversity, Centricity Music looks to build on ADA’s successes as its partner for Lauren Daigle‘s Platinum-selling, GRAMMY-winning Look Up Child.

Beginning Jan. 1, all active Centricity Music titles from its impressive roster of artists are available for retail accounts to purchase through ADA.

“We are so excited to be partnering with ADA. When looking for a distribution partner we were looking for a world-class organization with additional opportunities for the Centricity artists,” says Steve Ford, Centricity Music General Manager. “With ADA we found an incredible team that was excited about the entire roster. We look forward to working with them to continue the artist development story for our artists.”

“We have long admired the extraordinary Centricity team and roster, and on behalf of everyone at ADA, we are proud to welcome Centricity to the family,” says Eliah Seton, President of Independent Music and Creator Services at Warner Music Group. “We can’t wait to help amplify the unique voices of this incredible label in the US and around the world.”

Alongside Lauren Daigle having another stellar year, topping the overall 2020 Top Christian Artists Billboard chart as her labelmates Unspoken and Chris Renzema received significant sales growth last year as well, Centricity Music is poised to again build upon its historical successes. Its upcoming releases include the first new song from Daigle in two years, “Hold On To Me,” releasing Feb. 26, as well as new music from Chris Renzema, North Point Worship and Coby James, plus the recent release of Apollo LTD’s sophomore album, Nothing is Ordinary, Everything is Beautiful, and the third album, Say It, from Gold-selling, Dove Award-winning pop recording artist and songwriter Jordan Feliz.

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Tasha Cobbs Leonard Named Billboard’s Top Gospel Artist Of The Decade

GRAMMY-winning singer/songwriter Tasha Cobbs Leonard has been named Billboard’s Top Gospel Artist of the Decade. News of the top honor came late last week, as Billboard began announcing its year-end and decade-end charts. Cobbs Leonard was also named the Top Female Gospel Artist for the 3rd consecutive year.

This year alone, Tasha Cobbs Leonard earned two additional RIAA certifications—one Platinum certification for her hit single “Break Every Chain,” and a Gold certification (her third) for the #1 radio single “You Know My Name.” She was also awarded highest honors as Gospel Artist of the Year at the 51st Annual GMA Dove Awards and Artist of the Year at the 35th Annual Stellar Awards.

On December 4, Tasha Cobbs Leonard was a special guest on the Dolly Parton & Friends Christmas special presented by SiriusXM & Pandora. A huge honor to be invited by the legendary country singer, she performed her rendition of the Christmas classic “O Holy Night.” The audio version of the special will be available exclusively on Pandora on Friday, December 11.

Earlier this month, the powerhouse vocalist took to the stage with R&B legend Ne-Yo for a memorable performance of “The Christmas Song” for the Our OWN Christmas Special. The special aired on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network on December 1, but can still be viewed on the network website.

Tasha Cobbs Leonard’s current single, “In Spite Of Me,” has already rocketed to the Top 20 on the BDS Gospel Radio chart, proving to be the fastest-rising single of her career. A special studio version of the song, featuring R&B icon Ciara, is featured on her chart-topping new album, Royalty: Live At The Ryman.

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William McDowell Receives 2020 Billboard Music Award Nomination

GRAMMY-nominated and Dove Award winning worship leader, pastor and author, William McDowell, received his first “Billboard Music Award” nomination today for “Top Gospel Album” for his live album, The Cry (Integrity Music). This album earned McDowell’s fifth No. 1 debut album in his storied career on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums’ chart. The “2020 Billboard Music Awards” will broadcast live from The Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. “Billboard Music Awards” nominees and winners are based on key fan interactions with music, including album and digital song sales, streaming, radio airplay, touring and social engagement, tracked by Billboard and its data partners, including MRC Data/Nielsen Music.

McDowell‘s album has also been nominated for a 2020 GMA Dove Award for “Gospel Worship Album of the Year,” and the song from the album, “Only You Can Satisfy (Live),” for “Gospel Recorded Song of the Year.” The Dove Awards will air on TBN on Friday, October 30th.

The Cry was recorded at Redemption to the Nations Church in Chattanooga, TN and featured special guest artists Nathaniel Bassey, Travis Greene, Yolanda Adams, David & Nicole Binion, Tasha Cobbs Leonard and Trinity Anderson (worship leader of McDowell’s Deeper Fellowship church). The Cry is available here. The album received praise from media being touted as some of his best work to date. Currently the combined track streams for The Cry are more than 16 million, and his YouTube has more than 18 million combined streams.

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Billboard Music Awards Announce 2020 Nominees For Top Christian/Gospel Artist, Song & Album

Dick clark productions and NBC today announced the nominees for the “2020 Billboard Music Awards,” which honor the year’s most successful artists in 55 categories across all genres of music. The “2020 Billboard Music Awards,” hosted by Kelly Clarkson, will broadcast live from The Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. This year’s awards are based on the chart period of March 23, 2019 through March 14, 2020, set for the originally scheduled April 29, 2020 show, which was postponed due to the pandemic. Top Christian/Gospel Artist, Top Christian/Gospel Album and Top Christian/Gospel Song are among the honors to be awarded this year. See below for a list of relevant nominations.

Top Christian Artist:
Lauren Daigle
Elevation Worship
for KING & COUNTRY
Hillsong UNITED
Kanye West

Top Gospel Artist:
Kirk Franklin
Koryn Hawthorne
Tasha Cobbs Leonard
Sunday Service Choir
Kanye West

Top Christian Album:
Bethel Music “Victory: Recorded Live”
Casting Crowns “Only Jesus”
Hillsong UNITED “People”
Skillet “Victorious”
Kanye West “Jesus is King”

Top Gospel Album
Kirk Franklin “Long Live Love”
Donald Lawrence & The Tri-City Singers “Goshen”
William McDowell “The Cry: A Live Worship Experience”
Sunday Service Choir “Jesus Is Born”
Kanye West “Jesus is King”

Top Christian Song:
Bethel Music, Jonathan David Helser & Melissa Helser “Raise A Hallelujah”
Casting Crowns ft. Matthew West “Nobody”
Lauren Daigle “Rescue”
for KING & COUNTRY “God Only Knows”
Kanye West “Follow God”

Top Gospel Song:
Kirk Franklin “Love Theory”
Kanye West “Closed on Sunday”
Kanye West “Follow God”
Kanye West “On God”
Kanye West “Selah”