Chicago, IL — Inspired People/EMI Gospel GRAMMY® Award-winning songwriter, and recording artist Charles Jenkins and Fellowship Chicago Live’s hit praise and worship anthem, “Awesome,” enters at #1 as the Best Selling Christian/Gospel Song on Amazon and #10 on iTunes Top 200 Christian/Gospel Songs chart. The single moves to #8 on Billboard’s Hot Gospel Songs chart. Charles Jenkins Presents Fellowship Chicago Live: The Best of Both Worlds will be in stores and online everywhere on June 12, 2012.
Jenkins will kick-off the promo tour on May 18 at the I Hear Music Conference at the Aronoff Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. The tour will resume in Atlanta on Monday, June 4 (see promo dates below—more dates and locations will be added in the coming weeks). Jenkins will also be a featured artist at the Full Gospel Baptist Fellowship Conference on Wednesday, June 27, in Atlanta and during the ESSENCE Music Festival weekend on July 6th, 7th and 8th in New Orleans. Other key promo events include a CD release party in Chicago at the House of Hope on Monday, June 11 featuring special guest artists Karen Clark Sheard and Bishop Paul S. Morton, (who also appears on the CD). The promo tour will include other key press, radio, retail, church and conference events.
Inspired People and EMI/Christian Music Group recently signed an exclusive worldwide distribution agreement. Jenkins, the senior pastor of the legendary Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, continues a long musical tradition at Fellowship, which released 25 albums under the leadership of Jenkins’ predecessor, Reverend Clay Evans.
Jenkins believes that music can be the basis of an urban Christian movement that attracts people in ways that many traditional mediums cannot. “There are opportunities to create amazing music and to create a meaningful movement around that music,” he says. “For us, this is not just a CD; it is a movement for God.”