Congratulations to CCMRewind artist NATALIE GRANT whose BE ONE project made history on Monday, November 23rd as it debuted atop the Billboard Top Christian Albums Chart. Grant’s good fortune didn’t stop there as she was also tops on the SoundScan AC Album and Contemporary Christian Album Charts as well.
When looking industry wide Natalie Grant came in second only to Kirk Franklin’s amazing, Losing My Religion project on BILLBOARD’s overall CHRISTIAN & GOSPEL ALBUMS chart and #28 on the BILLBOARD 200.
A couple months ago we were treated to a special preview of a few of the songs via Periscope and from that session many of the participants started to share about what an incredible gift this work would be when finished and it has been reported that Grant now attributes this debut success to the relationships she has fostered with her online community, consistent touring and the support of Christian radio.
You can download your own copy of BE ONE by Natalie Grant from our friends at Amazon.com and help support CCMRewind through that purchase.
Several CCMRewind artists continue to impact the week’s top-selling Christian albums, ranked by sales data as compiled by Nielsen SoundScan in Billboard.
At Number 3 in scanned sales this week is newsboys, “God’s Not Dead“. The project has been on the charts for 20 weeks and moves up three spots from last week when it was number 6.
TobyMac has a project titled “Dubbed & Freq’d: A Remix Project“ where various producers have tweaked some of his most popular recent titles. The project was released on March 26, 2012 and debuted on the Billboard charts last week at number 3. This week it slips two spots to number 5.
CCMRewind artists Natalie Grant, Third Day, Nichole Nordeman and former newsboys front man, Peter Furler can all be found at the number 7 spot, up three from last week as part of the “WOW Hits 2012 (Deluxe Edition)” offering. The project has been on the charts for Twenty Eight weeks.
For a year and a half Third Day has been up and down the sales charts with “Move [+Digital Booklet]“. The project peaked at number 1 and is still all over Christian radio.
On March 26, 2012 former Gaither Vocal Band member, Guy Penrod released “Hymns“. His third solo release after leaving the group. It debuted at number 5 and is currently at number 16.
The soundtrack of the Dolly Parton and Queen Latifa film, “Joyful Noise: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack [+Digital Booklet]“ featuring CCMRewind artist Kirk Franklin stays in the top 25 at number 21 after 31 weeks.
And finally…MxPx…the punk trio that helped launch Tooth N Nail records back in the early and mid 90’s with the project “Pokinatcha“ and others released “Plans Within Plans“ on April 2, 2012 and it just debuted at number 23.
As a wrap up I wanted to select one song from one of the Classic Christian Music Artists mentioned above. It was a tough choice but I thought I would share Nicole Nordeman, “To Know You“ which was the top song in all the country back in 1998.
We all come to a point in our walk where we realize just how small our faith is and that we need some sort of boost, evidence or proof that Jesus is indeed real. I’m sorry to say that in most instances, I’ve never seen the proof because the proof would erase my faith and it is my faith my ability to believe what I could not witness and cannot explain that make me know Him.
The following verses share the story of the only ones who actually saw Jesus and believed.
Rejoice! We are blessed to know Him in Spirit and still hope in His return!
19-20Later on that day, the disciples had gathered together, but, fearful of the Jews, had locked all the doors in the house. Jesus entered, stood among them, and said, “Peace to you.” Then he showed them his hands and side.
20-21The disciples, seeing the Master with their own eyes, were exuberant. Jesus repeated his greeting: “Peace to you. Just as the Father sent me, I send you.”
22-23Then he took a deep breath and breathed into them. “Receive the Holy Spirit,” he said. “If you forgive someone’s sins, they’re gone for good. If you don’t forgive sins, what are you going to do with them?”
24-25But Thomas, sometimes called the Twin, one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples told him, “We saw the Master.”
But he said, “Unless I see the nail holes in his hands, put my finger in the nail holes, and stick my hand in his side, I won’t believe it.”
26Eight days later, his disciples were again in the room. This time Thomas was with them. Jesus came through the locked doors, stood among them, and said, “Peace to you.”
27Then he focused his attention on Thomas. “Take your finger and examine my hands. Take your hand and stick it in my side. Don’t be unbelieving. Believe.”
28Thomas said, “My Master! My God!”
29Jesus said, “So, you believe because you’ve seen with your own eyes. Even better blessings are in store for those who believe without seeing.”
30-31Jesus provided far more God-revealing signs than are written down in this book. These are written down so you will believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and in the act of believing, have real and eternal life in the way he personally revealed it.
To Know You
It’s well past midnight
And I’m awake with questions that won’t
Wait for daylight
Separating fact from my imaginary fiction
On this shelf of my conviction
I need to find a place
Where You and I come face to face
Proof that You had really risen
When he placed his fingers
Where the nails once broke Your skin
Did his faith finally begin?
I’ve lied if I’ve denied
The common ground I’ve shared with him
And I, I really want to know You
I want to make each day
A different way that I can show You how
I really want to love You
Be patient with my doubt
I’m just tryin’ to figure out Your will
And I really want to know You still
Could not understand how You could
Truly free us
He struggled with the image
Of a grown man born again
We might have been good friends
Cuz sometimes I still question, too
How easily we come to You
No more campin’ on the porch of indecision
No more sleepin’ under stars of apathy
And it might be easier to dream
But dreamin’s not for me