Pastor Charles Jenkins has seen much success in the early days of 2013. On Saturday, Jan. 19, he won five Stellar Gospel Music Awards, including Choir of the Year and Song of the Year. To top if off, he and Fellowship Chicago closed out the awards show with a powerful rendition of “Awesome.” The next day he left Nashville to participate in inauguration activities in Washington, DC. The amount of favor he experienced was not lost on Jenkins.
“It was a stellar weekend,” said Jenkins. “They could not have given me enough time on stage to thank everyone who contributed to our success.” The awesome journey began with the release of the record-breaking and critically-acclaimed #1 CD project, “The Best of Both Worlds,” which included the #1 praise and worship anthem, “Awesome,” penned by Jenkins, who is a GRAMMY® Award-winning songwriter.
Immediately following the Stellar Awards, Jenkins headed to Washington, DC to participate in a series of presidential Inauguration activities, including a performance at the African American Church Inauguration Ball “Keepers of the Flame,” to commemorate the inauguration and second term of President Barack H. Obama. Jenkins performed “Awesome” and joined a list of distinguished guests as the organization honored Muhammad Ali, Bishop George E. Battle, Jr., Bishop Phillip R. Cousin, Sr., Andraé Crouch, Ed Dwight, Joycelyn Elders, MD, Bishop William H. Graves, Sr., Rev. Dr. Cynthia Hale, Vernon E. Jordan, Esq., Hugh Masekela, Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, Jr., Jessye Norman, Beny Primm, MD, Cecily Tyson, Rudy Dee and Elaine R. Jones, Esq.
On Tuesday, Jan. 22, Jenkins delivered a prayer at the National Prayer Service at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC. “It is an amazing honor to participate in such a significant moment in history as the celebration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King as it is divinely aligned with the Inauguration of our President-it has truly been a once in a lifetime experience,” says Jenkins.
As Jenkins and Fellowship Chicago’s journey continues, the award-winning and famed producer Mark Burnett (Shark Tank, The Voice, The Apprentice and Survivor) has produced a music video for the hit anthem “Awesome,” featuring scenes from his new television series The Bible, which will air on the History Channel, debuting March 3.
Jenkins and Fellowship Chicago’s #1 debut CD project, “The Best of Both Worlds” held the top position on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart for three consecutive weeks. The Best of Both Worlds was the highest debut for a new artist in 2012 and the 10th best-selling gospel album for an artist in 2012.
The single, “Awesome,” entered at #1 on Billboard’s Hot Gospel Songs chart, and remained at #1 for 20 weeks. “Awesome” also entered at #1 as the Best Selling Christian/Gospel Song on Amazon. “Awesome” is the third best-selling digital gospel song of 2012. The single has remained at #1 in listening audience at gospel radio. In Billboard’s magazine year-end issue, Jenkins and Fellowship Chicago’s “Awesome” landed at #2 on the Gospel Songs chart, #5 on the Gospel Songs Imprints chart, #6 on the Gospel Songs Labels chart and #20 on the Gospel Albums chart for The Best of Both Worlds.
The Stellar Gospel Music Awards aired live on GMC from the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tenn. with subsequent airings to follow. The award show will also air in syndication on 150 stations in over 125 markets across the country, Jan. 24 through March 3. Check local TV listings for dates and times in your area.