Two-time Stellar Award winner J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise gains another achievement with their first ever #1 Billboard Top Gospel Airplay Chart with his smash hit single, “You Deserve It.” This is the first release on Hairston’s new recording label, JamesTown Music. The rousing song of worship has topped Billboard Magazine’s Gospel Digital Sales chart at #1 for 9 weeks.
It doesn’t stop there. JJ Hairston and Youthful Praise have also achieved #1 success on several other charts including the BDS Indicator Chart, the Billboard Hot Gospel Songs Chart for 3 weeks, and #2 on the Mediabase Gospel Chart.
The highly anticipated project will release on Friday, March 10th. It is the 8th release by J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise. Pre-orders for the deluxe edition are available on iTunes and Amazon.
Recorded live at City of Praise Ministries in Hyattsville, MD (where Hairston is the director of music and arts), the 18-track, You Deserve It, album celebrates the group’s fifteen years as an influential recording choir. It boasts new recordings of Youthful Praise’s biggest hits alongside new songs featuring the dynamic vocalist, Miranda Curtis Willis, and Grammy® Award nominated singer, songwriter and producer, Travis Greene.
The announcement of the You Deserve It project comes after the group recently earned two Stellar Gospel Award nominations for the single, “You Deserve It,” in the categories of Song of the Year and Urban/Inspirational Single or Performance of the Year.
The 32nd Annual Stellar Awards will be taped March 25, 2017 in Las Vegas, NV where JJ Hairston and Youthful Praise are scheduled to perform. The show will air on TV One cable television network on Sunday, April 9th at 7 PM (ET) with repeat broadcasts at 9 PM and 11 PM on the same evening.
Formed in 1991 out of Turner’s Faith Temple in Bridgeport, CT, the group was originally known as Teens of TFT and served as the choir for the church pastored by Bishop J.C. White and Evangelist Gloria White. The group is known for their Top Ten gospel radio hits such as “After This,” “Resting On His Promises,” “Incredible God, Incredible Praise,” “Bless Me” “You’re Mighty.” JamesTown Music is distributed in partnership with Entertainment One (eOne).